He received training in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, and lung transplantation at Coruña University Hospital. After completing a year working in Santiago University Hospital joined the faculty at Coruña Hospital and is currently Thoracic Surgeon in Coruña University center and an active member of lung transplantation program (40 cases per year). He is the creator of Minimally invasive thoracic surgery Unit (UCTMI) working at Quiron Hospital, San Rafael and Modelo medical center. Actually he works in these 4 medical hospitals at Coruña city and in Shanghai Pulmonary hospital, in Shanghai (China). He is the director of the uniportal VATS training program at Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital (biggest thoracic center in the world)

Dr Gonzalez Rivas serves on several editorial boards, he is reviewer of many scientific journals and he is the organizer of the annual meeting of Spanish society of thoracic surgery (SECT) from 2014-2017. He also collaborate with educational activities of European Society (ESTS) and International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS). He is a board European certificated surgeon since 2010 (FECTS). He started to perform VATS lobectomies in 2007 after learning the technique at Cedars Sinai. After 100 major resections performed he visited Duke medical center to learn the double port technique with Dr Thomas Damico. Once experience was gained with this technique he evolved to single-port approach.