Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Venice, Florida. He is married to Dr. Gina Arabitg, a gynecologist also practicing in Venice. They are the parents of two girls, Monica, age 17, and Jessica, age 13.
A Native Floridian, Dr. Gonzalez was born in Miami after his parents fled Cuba’s fledgling communist government in 1961. He attended Belen Jesuit High School in Miami where he played varsity basketball and competed in track and field. His wife, Gina, also of Cuban dissent, was born in West Lafayette, Indiana while her father, Dr. Winston Arabitg, was studying electrical engineering at Purdue University. Gina’s unique last name is the product of an ancient Spanish dialect whose remnants remain in a small Spanish city called Sitges. Her parents also legally migrated to the United States in fear of the oppressive communist state that had gripped their country in the late 50s and early 60s. Gina graduated from Bishop Moore High School before continuing with her post-baccalaureate education at the University of Miami.
After graduating with honors from Belen in 1982, Dr. Gonzalez pursued a medical career at the University of Miami, teaching classical guitar and conducting medical research at the VA to help pay for his schooling. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1990 and accepted a commission to the United States Naval Reserve as part of the United States Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program.
In 1990, Dr. Gonzalez continued his training at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia where he completed an internship in Internal Medicine. The following year, he trained in Aviation Medicine at the navy’s Flight Surgery School in Pensacola, Florida, earning his wings in 1992. He married Dr. Gina Arabitg in the summer of 1992 before going on deployment aboard the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. America. Dr. Gonzalez’s naval service saw him twice deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf during conflicts in Yugoslavia, Gulf Storm, and Somalia. He was stationed at Naval Air Station Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
After completing his military service, Dr. Gonzalez pursued his orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Florida’s University Medical Center in Jacksonville from 1995‐2000. Subsequently, he moved with his wife and older daughter, Monica, to Orlando where he pursued post‐graduate training in knee reconstructive and shoulder surgery before joining the practices of doctors Baker, Heard, Osteen, and Davenport. His time in Orlando saw the birth of his younger daughter, Jessica.
In 2004, Dr. Gonzalez relocated with his family to Venice, Florida, where he has been an active member of the Venice Regional Medical Center’s medical community. There, has been elected Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff, staff representative to the Hospital’s Board of Trustees and Chair of its Medical Executive Committee. Dr. Gonzalez sits on the Sarasota County Medical Society’s Board of Governors and the Florida Orthopaedic Society’s Board of Directors where he chairs its Legislative Committee. He has served as Delegate to the Florida Medical Society’s House of Delegates and represented Florida’s orthopaedic surgeons as Councilor to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Board of Councilors. He also serves at Epiphany Cathedral Church’s Pastoral Advisory Council. You will frequently see him, each morning, at 0700 o’clock mass at Epiphany Cathedral.
Dr. Gonzalez has authored two books and numerous articles on health care reform and health care legislation. He is presently in his final year of law school at Stetson University College of Law and is scheduled to complete his legal training in December, 2013. He enjoys bicycling with his family, scuba diving, and speaks fluent Spanish in addition to his native English.