Dr. Victor Gonzalez is a fellowship-trained, board certified medical doctor. He specializes in ophthalmology and in diseases and surgery of the vitreous body of the eye and the retina. This subspecialty is sometimes known as vitreoretinal medicine and includes the diagnosis and treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
He has been in practice since 1995 and founded Gulf Coast Eye Institute in 2007, a practice that now has six locations and serves the entire Rio Grande Valley region.
Dr. Gonzalez earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his residency at Doheny Eye Institute at Los Angeles County Hospital in Los Angeles, California and then completed a rigorous vitreoretinal fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Gonzalez is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and is an active researcher in blindness prevention.
Dr. Gonzalez has worked with Mexican officials to provide training and eye care to many underserved areas of the population in Mexico. He and his surgical team have trained nine retina fellows from Latin American countries, who are, today, serving patients in their countries of origin.
One of Dr. Gonzalez’ primary goals for Gulf Coast Eye Institute is to be a medical practice that is approachable and in touch with its patients and how they live their lives. “We have a keen desire to make a difference in people’s lives,” he said. “A great doctor isn’t necessarily someone who has great credentials. It is someone who is able to use all that education and training in a way that everyone from the most sophisticated to the most humble can connect, relate and understand what you are telling them.”
Dr. Gonzalez and his family reside in the area. A huge supporter of education, Dr. Gonzalez is involved in the local schools and universities. “Education is so important,” said Dr. Gonzalez. “It is the key for any community and even for the country.” Dr. Gonzalez is a runner and is always training for his next half-marathon.