Debra Gonzalez, MD
Instructor of Clinical Surgery,
Department of Surgery
- National Board of Medical Examiners 4/88
- American Board of Otolaryngology 5/95
- Joint Council for head and Neck Oncology 6/95
- Diplomate, American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine 12/09
1983-1987 M.D., June 1987 Cornell University Medical College New York, NY
1978-1982 B.A., June 1982 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA Gonzalez
7/94-6/95 Head & Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Dept. of Otolaryngology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA
7/93-6/94 Otolaryngology Chief Resident University of Vermont-Medical Center Hospital of Vermont Burlington, VT
7/92-6/93 Otolaryngology Senior Resident Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, N.H. 7/90-6/92 Otolaryngology Resident Medical Center Hospital of Vermont Burlington, VT
7/88-6/90 Laser Research Fellow Department of Otolaryngology Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville, TN
6/87-6/88 General Surgery Intern Medical Center Hospital of Vermont Burlington, VT
11/96-5/01 Private Practitioner/Practice Administrator Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Middle Tennessee Ear Nose and Throat, P.C.
8/95-9/96 Assistant Professor Head and Neck Oncology-Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery University of Tennessee Memphis, TN
American Cancer Society Fellowship 7/94
New England Otolaryngology Society Resident Competition
2nd place – 4/94
3rd place –10/93
Surgical Intern of the Year Award NIH Fellowship Award
1/87, 6/84 McLean Hospital Research Stipend
6/83 Wellesley Scholar
7/88-6/90 Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Investigated ablative and biostimulating laser effects. Mentors: David Zealear, PhD, Robert Ossoff, MD Medical Free Electron Laser Project funded by the SDIO Office of Naval Research
11/86-1/87 Department of Urology, Cornell University Medical College, Mentor: David Minnenberg, MD Efffect of pharmacologic agents on skin flap viability in rats. Funded by NIH fellowship award.
6/84-8/84 Department of Neuroscience, Cornell University Medical College, Mentor: Bernice Grafstein, PhD Effect of polyamines on protein turnover in the optic nerves of mice. Funded by NIH fellowship award.
8/82-8/83 Department of Endocrinology and Hypertension, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Mentor: Victor Dzau, MD Studied the renin-angiotensin system.
1/81-8/81 Department of Neurochemistry, McLean Hospital, Mailman Research Center Mentor: Ralph Nixon, MD, PhD Studied acid proteases in the optic nerves of neonatal mice.
8/95-9/96 Clinical teaching of medical students and residents in operating room, clinics, wards. Faculty lecture series to medical students – Head and neck cancer, physical exam of the head and neck, University of TN, Memphis.
4/96 Planning committee and Moderator: 2nd Mid-South Head and Neck Cancer Conference, Peabody Hotel, Memphis, TN.
6/96 Planning committee, Moderator: Update in Otolaryngology CME course, UT Memphis, TN. 6/95 Course Assistant: Lasers in Otolaryngology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.
7/94-6/95 Fellow Associate, Otolaryngology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Taught residents and medical students in clinics and operating room.
3/92 Laser Lab Instructor, Cherry Blossom Conference on Lasers in Otolaryngology, Washington, DC
9/90, 9/91, 9/92 Instructional Course: New Horizons for Laser Research in Otolaryngology, Presented by RH Ossoff, DA Gonzalez, JA Werkhaven, AAO-HNS meeting, San Diego, CA.
2/90 Co-Moderator: Head, Neck and Middle Ear Session. 1990 ARO Midwinter Meeting.
2/89, 9/88 Laboratory Instructor, Lasers in Otolaryngology Course Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
9/88 Organizer, Pathology-Otolaryngology Research Seminar, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
9/86-5/87 Clinical Tutor for 1st year Medical Students, Cornell University Medical College.
1/99 Early Diagnosis of head and neck cancer Multispecialty Meeting Vail, Colorado
6/96 Complications of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Update in Otolaryngology Course, UT Memphis. 6/96 Mandibular Reconstruction: State of the Art Update in Otolaryngology Course, UT, Memphis.
6/96 Free Flap for Total Nasal Reconstruction Update in Otolaryngology Course, UT Memphis 6/96 Soft Tissue Reconstruction in the Head and Neck Update in Otolaryngology Course, UT, Memphis
6/95 Laser effects on wound healing Lasers in Otolaryngology course University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
2/95 Grand Rounds: Dep’t. Otolaryngology, UT,Memphis Malignant Melanoma of the head and neck
6/92 Laser Research in Otolaryngology Dartmouth-UVM Otolaryngology Symposium
3/92 Laser Biostimulation of wound healing Cherry Blossom Conference on Lasers in Otolaryngology Washington, DC
6/90 Vocal fold fibroblast elastin synthesis Scientific session, Otolaryngology Resident Appreciation Vanderbilt University Medical Center
7/96 A fifty year retrospective of paranasal sinus malignancies. International Head and Neck Cancer Conference Toronto, Canada
4/95 An overview of salivary gland disease Family Practice department Broadlawn Hospital, Desmoines, IA
1/95 Grand Rounds: Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma of the Head and Neck Department of Otolaryngology University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA
4/94 Congenital Nasolacrimal duct obstruction New England Otolaryngology Society Boston, MA 10/93 Complications of head and neck surgery in a high risk patient New England Otolaryngology Society Boston, MA
2/94 Surgical Grand Rounds: Iatrogenic airway injury in the intubated adult Medical Center Hospital of Vermont Burlington, VT
9/92 An unusual recurrent tumor of salivary gland origin. Poster session, AA0-HNS Washington, DC
12/91 An unusual salivary gland tumor New England Otolaryngology Society Boston, MA
9/90 Vocal fold and skin fibroblast elastin production in tissue culture Research Forum, AAO-HNS San Diego, CA
4/90 De novo protein synthesis by laser irradiated human neutrophils American society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Meeting Nashville, TN
2/90 Vocal cord fibroblast elastin production in tissue culture. 1990 Midwinter meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology St. Petersberg Beach, FL
9/89 Laser induced protein synthesis by cultured fibroblasts. AAO-HNS Research Forum New Orleans, LA
9/88 Physics in laser-tissue interactions Pathology-Otolaryngology Laser Research Seminar Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville, TN
Consultant, A study of laser effects on true vocal fold elastin production. NIH grant awarded to C. Broadley, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1991. Principal Investigator, A study of true vocal cord fibroblasts in tissue culture. Submitted to the NIH
6/90, not awarded. Co-investigator, laser effects on wound healing, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, awarded 1989 and 1990. NIH Research Stipends, awarded 6/84 and 1/87. McLean Hospital Research Stipend, awarded 6/83.
DA Gonzalez, RA Sofferman and KO Leslie. An unusual recurrent tumor of salivary gland origin, AAO-HNS meeting, 9/92.
DA Gonzalez, RR Nair DL Zealear RH Ossoff and JM Davidson. A comparison of vocal fold and skin fibroblast elastin production in tissue culture. Research Forum, AAO-HNS meeting, 9/90.
DA Gonzalez, RR Nair, RH Ossoff, JM Davidson. Vocal cord fibroblast elastin production in tissue culture. 1990 Midwinter meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.
DA Gonzalez, JM Davidson, CK Broadley, RL Hoover and RH Ossoff. A study of de novo protein synthesis by laser irradiated human neutrophils. American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery meeting, 4/90.
RH Ossoff, DL Zealear, DA Gonzalez, J Tribble. Nonthermal and Selective Effects of the Free Electron Laser. SDIO 4th Annual Medical Free Electron Laser Conference, Dallas, TX
DA Gonzalez, JM Davidson, DL Zealear and RH Ossoff. An investigation of laser induced protein synthesis in cultured fibroblasts. Research Forum of the AAO-HNS meeting, 9/89.
V Dzau, DA Gonzalez, C Kaempfer, D Dubin and B Wintroub. Human neutrophils release proteases capable of activating prorenin. American Heart Association meeting 1983.
Blackwell KE, Brown MT and Gonzalez DA. Overcoming the learning curve in microvascular head and neck reconstruction. Archives of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery 123 (12), 1997.
Dzau V, Gonzalez D, Kaempfer C, Dubin D and Wintroub B. Human neutrophils release serine proteases capable of activating prorenin. Circulation Research 60: 595-601; 1987.
Dzau V, Gonzalez D, Ellison K, Churchill S and Emmet N. Characterization of purified uterine inactive renin: influence of pregnancy on uterine inactive renin. Endocrinology 120: 358-364; 1987.
Ossoff R, Aly A, Gonzalez D, Koriwchak M, and Davidson JM. A tissue culture model for the study of canine vocal fold fibroblasts. Laryngoscope 105 (1):23-27, 1995
June 2011 Judge Resident Research Competition Vanderbilt Department of Otolaryngology October 2010 Level 1 certification Botox and Dermal Fillers Esthetic Skin Institute, New York, NY March 2011 Advanced Surgical Techniques for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO Training in Functional, Metabolic and Anti-aging Medicine
4/09-present Fellow, Anti-aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine Affiliated with American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine Passed Written Board exam December 2009 Oral Board Exam
Pending Completed Modules:
I. Metabolic Approach to Endocrinology
II. Metabolic Approach to Hypertension, Diabetes, Coronary Artery Disease and Metabolic syndrome
III. Metabolic and Functional Approach to Gastroenterology, Neurotransmitters and Neurology. IV. Metabolic Approach to Amino Acid and Fatty Acid Metabolism, Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion, and Osteoporosis.
V. Clinical Intensives
VI. Metabolic Approach to autoimmune disease, Cognition Enhancement, Fatigue, Heavy Metal Toxicity and Mitochondropathy, April 2010 Modules Pending:
VII. Herbology and the Functional Regenerative Matrix,
VIII. Metabolic and Functional approach to Lab Evaluations, Psychiatry and Cancer Therapies, Nutrition and the Athlete,