In 2010 González Rivas was pioneer in performing unilateral anatomical resections (with only one incision) by video-assisted thoracoscopy. In 2014, he performed the first lung surgeries, also with a single incision in spontaneous breathing patients without intubation. He is also pioneer, in performing uniport resections using an articulated robotic arm, without the need for an assistant (first case in 2016).
He was the founder and is the current Director, of the uniportal videothoracoscopy training program at Shanghai Lung Hospital, the largest thoracic surgery center in the world (in 2019 alone, 17,440 major lung resections were performed).
During his visit to HPA in Gambelas, González Rivas operated on a young man with pectus excavatum deformity, using the technique described. The young man left the operating theater walking, on his own two feet.15, May 2020