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Director, Uniportal VATS International Training Progam

Dr. Diego González Rivas completed training in Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplantation at the University Hospital of La Coruña where he worked since 1999-2015. He is co-director of UCTMI (Quirón and San Rafael hospital in Coruña) and UMICS in Portugal (Operating regularly in the Lisbon, Algarve and Azores) and Madrid (Ruber international hospital and Nisa Vithas Pardo Aravaca Hospital).He is a staff surgeon at the Ernst Von Bergmann hospital in Potsdam (Germany), Bielefeld University hospital in Bielefeld (Germany), Chest Disease Hospital in Kuwait, and Memorial Oncological Hospital in Bucharest. He is the director of the Uniportal VATS international training program at the Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital, in China, the biggest thoracic center in the world (120 major lung resections per day).  He is also an associate professor in 5 other hospitals in China

Dr Gonzalez Rivas serves on several editorial boards, he is reviewer of many scientific journals He also collaborate with educational activities EACTS,ESTS, ISMICS, STS and AATS. He is a board European certificated surgeon since 2010 (FECTS) and member of several scientific societies such as the AATS since 2016.

He was pioneer surgeon in the world performing uniportal VATS anatomic resections (first case in June 2010), non-intubated uniportal major pulmonary resections (first case in April 2014) and Unisurgeon Uniportal VATS technique (first case in 2016). He is also expert in uniportal subxiphoid resections and carinal and bronchovascular sleeve reconstructions. He contributed in the development of the subxiphoid uniportal robotic system performing the first lobectomies and thymectomies in cadaveric lab in 2018. Pioneer surgeon in the world performing fully robotic uniportal lobectomies using the Xi Da Vinci System (first cases in September 2021, at San Rafael Hospital, Coruña, Spain). He has published more than 150 papers describing these procedures and the results in the most important medical journals and textbooks of thoracic surgery

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