Virginia Y. Gonzalez, M.D. has delivered state of the art health care to Ouachita Parish area residents since 1999. Dr. Gonzalez, a native of Venezuela, opened her practice in Northeast Louisiana in 2000, following extensive training in Venezuela and the United States.
Dr. Gonzalez, a fellow with the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention (FSCAI), earned a bachelor’s degree from Liceo Agustin Codazzi in Maracay, Venezuela, before continuing to the University of Carabobo School of Medicine, also in Maracay, where she earned a medical degree.
Dr. Gonzalez was later accepted to John’s Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she obtained a master’s degree. Followed by her internship and training in Internal Medicine at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburg, she completed advanced training by way of Fellowship in Hypertension from the University of Pittsburg. She continued her training by entering another Fellowship in Cardiology at the Pittsburg Heart Institute at Shadyside Hospital and the University of Pittsburg.
In 1995, she entered private practice in Lake Charles, Louisiana with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South until 1997. She later joined Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in 1997, where she collaborated on the restructuring of the Cardiac Program.
In 1999, Dr. Gonzalez began to search for an area in Louisiana that was underserved in Interventional Cardiology and discovered that Northeast Louisiana fit that criteria. It was that time she opened Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, APMC. At the time, two interventional Cardiologists from Oschners Hospital in New Orleans were flown into the area to attend to the care of patients that were in need of Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTCA’s) and stents for blocked arteries. Dr. Gonzalez responded to this need by reopening the Interventional Program at St. Francis Medical Center on a full time basis. In 2001, Glenwood Medical Center saw the growing need to provide additional Interventional Program. Dr. Gonzalez responded to this calling by opening the Interventional Program at Glenwood Medical Center, so that both sides of the Ouachita River could be served for acute angioplasty in a timely manner. She also participated in the development of Northeast Louisiana’s first accredited chest pain center at Glenwood Regional Medical Center.
With the growth of her practice, Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, APMC soon found a new home that was constructed with a grant by the Center for Health Systems and Design at Texas A&M under the leadership of Professor Emeritus Dr. Joseph J. McGraw and Professor George Mann. The facility opened February 21, 2010.