Fernando Gonzalez


Brain scientist and open-water swimmer

Dr. Fernando Gonzalez is a neonatologist who specializes in caring for newborns with brain injuries and infants requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (oxygen support from an artificial lung), including premature infants.

Gonzalez's research focuses on brain injury in newborns, stroke in newborns, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (brain damage from insufficient blood flow or oxygen), neurogenesis (the process by which the brain's nerves cells form) and stem cell plasticity (the ability of stem cells to switch to a different type).

Gonzalez earned his medical degree at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Harbor – UCLA Medical Center and a fellowship in neonatology at UCSF.

  • Education

    Warren Alpert Medical School, MD, 2001

  • Residencies

    Harbor - UCLA Medical Center, Pediatrics, 2004

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Neonatology, 2007

I believe that with the best care and cutting-edge research we can give every baby the opportunity for a healthy outcome.

Clinics I work with



Intensive Care Nursery

Intensive Care Nursery

1975 Fourth St., 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

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Neuro-Intensive Care Nursery (NICN)

Neuro-Intensive Care Nursery (NICN)

San Francisco / Oakland

Fetal surgery firsts

The first open fetal surgery in the world was performed at UCSF in the early 1980s.