Orthopaedics

Derek Gonzalez, MD

Spine Surgery

Brandon

North Tampa

Zephyrhills

  • 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


Internship/Residency
  • 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
Fellowships
  • 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
Honors
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • CSRS Surgical Techniques Course Scholarship
  • Northwell Research Symposium, Resident Research Award
Special Interests

Degenerative Disc Disease
Cervical Myelopathy
Sciatica
Complex Spinal Disorders
Stenosis
Disc Herniation
Revision Spine Surgery
Failed Spine Surgery
Scoliosis – Adult & Adolescent

Brandon 2020 Town Center Blvd Brandon, Florida 33511  Suite D

Brandon

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


Zephyrhills 38107 Market Square Drive Zephyrhills, Florida 33542  

Zephyrhills

38107 Market Square Drive
Zephyrhills, FL 33542


Florida Medical Clinic Orlando Health 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.

Aetna
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna PPO
AMPS
AvMed
  • AvMed HMO
  • AvMed PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield aka: Florida Blue
  • BC Advantage 65
  • BCBS HMO
  • BCBS Medicare HMO
  • BCBS Medicare PPO
  • BCBS PPO (Includes EPO, PPC, BlueOptions, Blue Select)
Bywater
Cigna (Includes Great West)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Local Plus
  • Cigna PPO
  • Great West HMO
  • Great West PPO
ClaimDoc
Coventry
  • Coventry HMO
  • Coventry Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Medicare PPO
  • Coventry PPO
  • First Health
Evolutions
Freedom Health Medicare Advantage Plan HMO
Health First Health Plans
Humana
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO (including Gold Plus HMO)
  • Humana Medicare PPO (Includes Choice PPO/PFFS)
  • Humana PPO
Longevity Health Plan
Medicare
Multiplan (Includes Multiplan, Beechstreet/ PHCS)
  • Beechstreet
  • MultiPlan
  • Private Healthcare System (PHCS)
Optimum Healthcare Medicare Advantage HMO
Oscar
Railroad Medicare
Simply
  • Simply Healthcare (Medicare)
  • Simply Medicaid
Tricare
  • Tricare East
  • Tricare East HMO (Prime)
  • Tricare Standard
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)
WellMed
  • Wellmed- UnitedHealthcare Medicare

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