R. Ariel Gomez received his medical degree at the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in Argentina in 1975. After completing his residency in Pediatrics at the Hospital de Ninos “Ricardo Gutierrez”, Buenos Aires, Argentina, he served as Chief Resident at the same hospital followed by fellowships in Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, (1980-1983) where he pursued research in fetal physiology under the mentorship of Jean Robillard and at the University of California, San Francisco, (1983-1984) under the mentorship of Malcom Holliday and Donald Potter.
Dr. Gomez joined the Pediatrics Department at The University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1984 as an Assistant Professor and established an independent research program that has been continuously supported by NIH funding since 1988. From 1997-2000 Dr. Gomez served as Genentech Professor and Associate Chair for Research for the Department of Pediatrics. In 2001 he became Interim Vice President for Research and Public Service and then, in 2003, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. He returned to full time research in 2008 as the Harrison Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and holds a courtesy appointment in the department Biology, School of Arts and Sciences.