Dr. Francis Gonzales, MD

Dr. Francis Gonzales, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Dr. Francis Gonzales, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in San Diego, CA and has been practicing for 14 years. He graduated from Georgetown University, School Of Medicine in 2004 and specializes in orthopedic surgery.Read his story

200 W Arbor Dr

San Diego, CA 92103

Contact Information

(619) 543-6222

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Hip Replacement
very high
more than 95% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hip
very high
more than 95% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
very high
more than 94% of peers

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Dr. Gonzales' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Gonzales "Francis Gonzales, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in adult hip and knee joint replacement surgery. Dr. Gonzales is fellowship-trained in direct anterior hip replacement, which is a muscle-sparing approach that allows for accelerated recovery. He has earned national recognition for his expertise with this less invasive technique and trains surgeons around the country on this approach. In total knee replacement, Dr. Gonzales uses leading-edge computer navigation technology that has been shown to improve accuracy in implant placement, which can enable a more natural feeling knee and longer lasting implant. He was the first to use iASSIST computer navigation in the U.S. leading to a study demonstrating improved precision in restoring leg alignment compared standard instruments used in knee replacement surgery. Dr. Gonzales also has advanced training and experience in complex deformities and hip and knee conditions requiring revision surgery. Dr. Gonzales earned his medical degree from Georgetown University. He performed orthopedic surgery training at St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, an academic affiliate of Columbia University in New York. Dr. Gonzales completed adult hip and knee joint reconstruction fellowship at Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic in Alexandria, VA. Dr. Gonzales was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Orange County, CA. His inspiration to pursue a life in medicine stems from his mother and father, who are both physicians. Dr. Gonzales especially enjoys seeing his patients return to an active lifestyle."I believe a successful joint replacement starts with listening and educating the patient, then making decisions as a team that are unique to each person. Patient care begins at the first office visit, continues through the hospital stay to a full recovery at home, all the way to a renewed active lifestyle."When not practicing medicine, Dr. Gonzales spends his time with his wife and daughter. He also enjoys running, golf, and playing basketball."
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1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Gonzales does not have any board certifications listed.

80  Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
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26  Procedures

  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Georgetown University, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2004
  • Loyola University
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Anderson Orthopedic Clinic
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Gonzales has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Dr. Gonzales has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Gonzales' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Gonzales to family and friends
8 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (8)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Gonzales' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

This doctor is very full of himself, stating that he is the best. He has no consideration or compassion for the pain he causes. In cases that involve risks, he will continue to just lead a person on, then just hours before surgery, cancel it all. He will flat out lie to a person. There is NO way...more
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Dr Gonzales is a wonderful Dr he's young and knows what he's doing! He did a total hip replacement with a pretty rod down my leg to make me even! And it works FANTASTIC!!! I highly recommend this Dr if your having your having any kind of replacement surgery! He's #1 in my Book! Thanks Dr Gonzales
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I am 70+. I had a hip replaced several years ago. It is perfect. I was doing light exercise in a month and was back to competing in three months. I make no concessions for the hip and I usually don't remember that I had anything done. I have been returned 1005 back to normal. Gonzales was...more
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This surgeon was recommended by a anesthesia MD that is a friend of my son's. He was clear on the procedure and expected outcome. Since I am a RN, I did significant research on who and where I would have my surgery done. I wanted the anterior approach by an experienced surgron due to expected...more
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