L. Fernando Gonzalez, M.D.

Luis Fernando Gonzalez, M.D.

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  • Salisbury Family Professor
  • Professor of Neurosurgery

Languages: English, Spanish


Aneurysms, Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM), Cerebral Aneurysms, Endovascular Surgery, Hemorrhagic Stroke, Ischemic Stroke, Neurological Surgery, Stroke ...read more

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

Appointment Phone: 410-955-2438
1800 Orleans St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Fax: 443-287-0339

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 410-955-2438
4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Fax: 443-287-0339


L. Fernando Gonzalez, M.D., is a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon trained in both open vascular surgery and minimally invasive endovascular approaches. He treats patients with vascular blockages, malformations and ruptures in the brain and spine, including aneurysms, strokes and arteriovenous malformations. He also specializes in delivering chemotherapy through the arteries of the brain for treatment of certain eye cancers, such as retinoblastomas — the most common eye cancer in children — and lacrimal gland carcinomas. Dr. Gonzalez sees patients at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Dr. Gonzalez earned his medical degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, where he also completed residency training in neurosurgery. He completed a neurosurgery research fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, with a focus on skull base, vascular and microanatomy microsurgery. Dr. Gonzalez continued his training at Barrow by completing a second residency, during which he pursued additional fellowships in spine surgery, endovascular neurosurgery, and cerebrovascular and skull base surgery.

Dr. Gonzalez is widely published in his field and actively pursues novel approaches to treatment. He invented an aspiration catheter with an attached guidewire, and a surgical retractor for minimally invasive brain surgery. He is also a co-inventor of a direct cerebral cooling device that allows clinicians to decrease cerebral temperature to protect the brain when needed after cardiac arrest, severe trauma or large strokes.

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  • Salisbury Family Professor
  • Professor of Neurosurgery

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana-Facultad de Medicina (1993)


  • Neurosurgery; Instituto Neurologico de Colombia (1998)
  • Neurological Surgery; St Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center (2008)


  • Endovascular; Barrow Neurological Institute of St Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center (2009)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery (Neurological Surgery) (2012)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Meyers PM, Fifi JT, Cockroft KM, Miller TR, Given CA, Zomorodi AR, Jagadeesan BD, Mokin M, Kan P, Yao TL, Diaz O, Huddle D, Bellon RJ, Seinfeld J, Polifka AJ, Fiorella D, Chitale RV, Kvamme P, Morrow JT, Singer J, Wakhloo AK, Puri AS, Deshmukh VR, Hanel RA, Gonzalez LF, Woo HH. Aziz-Sultan MS.  Safety of the APOLLO Onyx delivery microcatheter for embolization of brain arteriovenous malformations: results from a prospective post-market study.  J Neurointerv Surg. 2021 Feb 1:neurinsurg-2020-016830.

Jabbour P, Sweid A, Tjoumakaris S, Brinjikji W, Bekelis K, Nimjee SM, Lopes DK, Hassan AE, Pandey AS, Gonzalez LF, Hanel RA, Siddiqui AHm Hasan D, Lavine SD, Bendok BR.  In Reply: Dismantling the Apocalypse Narrative: The Myth of the COVID-19 Stroke.  Neurosurgery. 2021 Feb 16;88(3):E277-E280.

Jabbour P, Sweid A, Tjoumakaris S, Piotin M, Brinjikji W, Bekelis K, Raz E, Sourour N, Nimjee SM, Lopes DK, Hassan AE, Pandey AS, Gonzalez LF, Hanel RA, Siddiqui AH, Hasan D, Lavine SD, Bendok BR. In Reply: May Cooler Heads Prevail During a Pandemic: Stroke in COVID-19 Patients or COVID-19 in Stroke Patients? Neurosurgery. 2020 Aug 28:nyaa384.

Cobb MIH, Zomorodi AR, Gonzalez LF. Endovascular Treatment of Ruptured Enlarging Dissecting Anterior Spinal Artery Aneurysm. World Neurosurg. 2020 Jul;139:e658-e662.

Griffin A, Lerner E, Zuchowski A, Zomorodi A, Gonzalez LF, Hauck EF. Flow diversion of fusiform intracranial aneurysms.  Neurosurg Rev. 2020 Jun 20.

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