- The Doctor Diego González Rivas have a degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Santiago de Compostela. He trained in Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplantation at the University Hospital of La Coruña. After a year working at the University Hospital of Santiago, he returned to the University Hospital of La Coruña. He is currently a Thoracic Surgeon at this public health unit and one of the members of the lung transplant program (one of the most active in Spain, with 40-45 cases per year). He was the founder of the Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Unit (UCTMI) that works at the Quirón Hospital in San Rafael and at the HM Modelo medical center. He is also the creator and current director of the Uniportal thoracoscopic video training program at the Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital, China (largest thoracic center in the world with 10,390 lung resections performed in 2016)
- The Dr. González Rivas is a member of multiple editorial committees, oversees numerous scientific journals and was coordinator of the congress committee of the Spanish Society of Thoracic Surgery (SECT) from 2014 to 2017. It also collaborates with educational activities of the European Society (ESTS), EACTS and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS). He has been on the Thoracic Surgery Board (FECTS) of the European Society of Thoracic Surgery (ESTS) since 2010. He is a member of numerous scientific societies with which he collaborates annually. One of them is the prestigious American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS), where he was elected the youngest member of said society in 2016.
- He began performing minimally invasive surgery for anatomical resections (VATS) in 2007 after learning the technique at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles with Dr. Rob Mckenna. After performing over 100 lung resections using the 3-incision technique, he visited Duke Medical Center in North Carolina to learn the double-incision technique from Dr. Thomas Damico. Once experience this technique, he advanced lung surgery by developing the intervention through a single incision.
- He was the pioneer surgeon in the world to perform VATS uniportal anatomical resections (first case in June 2010), single-incision lung surgery in patients without intubation and with spontaneous breathing (first case in April 2014) and also a pioneer in performing resections uniportals using an articulated robotic arm, without the need for an assistant (first case in 2016). He is also a specialist in uniportal resections through the subxiphoid or subcostal space (without invading the intercostal space) and in pulmonary, bronchovascular and carina or tracheal reconstructions using uniportal minimally invasive surgery. He has published more than 100 scientific papers in international journals of reference, in which these procedures and their results are described. He has also edited several scientific books, having also published numerous chapters for several treatises and Atlas of Thoracic Surgery.