Derek Gonzalez, MD

Spine Surgery


North Tampa



  • Accepting new patients
About Derek Gonzalez, MD

Dr. Derek Gonzalez is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon specializing in the treatment of adults and children with complex spinal disorders. A native of Tampa, Florida, Dr. Gonzalez earned his medical degree from Florida International University’s Wertheim College of Medicine, graduating with high honors. He then completed residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the foremost national medical honor society. In his final year of residency he served as Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Gonzalez has received extensive training at the best hospitals in the world, including Harvard Medical School’s Boston Children’s Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Shock Trauma Hospital. He has published research on the use of robotic technology in pediatric scoliosis surgeries, and has taught and lectured medical students and staff.

After residency, Dr. Gonzalez went on to complete a fellowship sub-specializing in complex spine surgery at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, one of the most prestigious spine fellowships in the country.

Dr. Gonzalez’s philosophy on patient care is that each patient receives his or her own unique treatment plan tailored to the individual’s needs. He believes in listening to patients and working together to decide on the best treatment plan for each person.  Dr. Gonzalez will always exhaust all conservative treatment options before recommending surgery. When surgery is needed, Dr. Gonzalez applies minimally invasive techniques whenever possible with the goals of minimizing pain and restoring function.

In his free time Dr. Gonzalez enjoys fishing, kayaking, and spending quality time with his family.

Medical Education

Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Miami, FL
Doctor of Medicine


Lenox Hill Hospital - Northwell Health
New York, NY
Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery

Lenox Hill Hospital - Northwell Health
New York, NY
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery


University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL
Fellowship in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery

Professional Associations

North American Spine Society

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Medical Association

Florida Medical Association


Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

CSRS Surgical Techniques Course Scholarship

Northwell Research Symposium, Resident Research Award

Special Interests

Degenerative Disc Disease
Disc Replacement
Complex Spinal Disorders
Disc Herniation
Revision Spine Surgery
Failed Spine Surgery

Brandon 2020 Town Center Blvd Brandon, Florida 33511  Suite D


2020 Town Center Blvd
Brandon, Florida 33511

Suite D

North Tampa 14547 Bruce B Downs Blvd Tampa, Florida 33613  Suite C

North Tampa

14547 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, Florida 33613

Suite C

Wiregrass 2352 Bruce B Downs Blvd. Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544  Suite 102


2352 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544

Suite 102

Zephyrhills 38135 Market Square Zephyrhills, Florida 33542  Suite 38107


38135 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL 33542

Suite 38107

Florida Medical Clinic participates with most major carriers. Please consult your insurance carrier prior to your appointment to verify our participation status with your insurance plan. This list is subject to change and is not all-inclusive.

Blue Cross Blue Shield aka: Florida Blue
  • BC Advantage 65
  • BCBS Medicare HMO
  • BCBS Medicare PPO
  • BCBS PPO (Includes EPO, PPC, BlueOptions, Blue Select)
Cigna (Includes Great West)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Local Plus
  • Cigna PPO
  • Great West HMO
  • Great West PPO
Health First Health Plans
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO (including Gold Plus HMO)
  • Humana Medicare PPO (Includes Choice PPO/PFFS)
  • Humana PPO
Longevity Health Plan
Railroad Medicare
  • Simply Healthcare (Medicare)
  • Simply Medicaid
United Health Care
  • United Healthcare AARP Medicare Complete HMO
  • United Healthcare AARP Medicare Complete PPO
  • United Healthcare Dual Complete HMO
  • United Healthcare Dual Complete PPO
  • United Healthcare HMO
  • United Healthcare PPO
VA CCN (Community Care Network)
Wellcare by Allwell (Medicare Advantage HMO Plan)

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