Hector Gonzalez is a Physician Assistant that comes to our practice with over 9 years experience in clinical and cosmetic dermatology and over 11 years in Family Practice. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Sciences from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Hector completed his Bachelor’s degree in Physician Assistant Sciences from St Francis University in Pennsylvania which earned him a commission in the United States Navy. Prior to that he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University.
Hector Gonzalez is a native of Santa Monica, California. He began his career in health care when he joined the Navy in 1987 and became a Hospital Corpsman out of San Diego. As a Physician Assistant his most exciting tours included spending time in Guantanamo and onboard two aircraft carriers. Hector retired as a Lieutenant Commander after 21 years of Naval Service in 2008.
He is a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the SDPA Diplomate Fellowship Program. Hector is also a clinical preceptor for the Physician Assistant programs of Nova University, Florida International University, and the University of Florida. Physician Assistant interns perform 6 week rotations learning general dermatology and surgical techniques within our 3 clinic sites.
Hector enjoys his time off watching his teenage daughter swim for the Loggerhead aquatic team in St Johns County. He also enjoys daily exercise to include swimming, walking and weight lifting. His wife is a physician that works for the Military Entry Processing Station in Jacksonville. Hector and his family have lived in Jacksonville since 2005.
A Physician Assistant is a master's-degree-prepared healthcare professional who practices medicine with a supervising physician. Their extensive education, experience and licensing allow them to diagnose and treat the same medical conditions as their physician supervisors.
Today, board-certified PAs are an integral part of our healthcare system. As part of their responsibilities, PAs perform comprehensive dermatological examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, perform biopsies and other dermatological procedures, order and interpret lab tests, and (in most states, including Florida) prescribe medications.