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2022 CNS Annual Meeting – Caitlyn Smith to Present Collection of Abstracts

September 28, 2022

Caitlyn Smith, a third-year medical student at the University of Missouri School of Medicine who is working under the mentorship of Department of Neurosurgery faculty member Dr. Fassil Mesfin, has had four digital abstracts accepted for presentation at the annual Congress of Neurological Surgeons meeting taking place from October 8-12. Caitlyn’s abstract titles include: “Mutational […]




2022 CNS Annual Meeting – Dr. Mascitelli Scheduled to Present on October 8th

September 27, 2022

Justin Mascitelli, MD, FAANS, will be a presenting on the topic of comprehensive management of acute stroke at the annual CNS meeting on October 8th. You can catch his presentation by attending the Cerebrovascular Bundle 1 symposium (SYM02A) at 8:00am in room 2000. https://www.cns.org/annualmeeting  



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Jim Brookshier Becomes AAOP Fellow

September 21, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce that faculty member Jim P. Brookshier, MPO, CLPO, FAAOP, recently achieved Fellow status through the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics (AAOP). The AAOP is an elite group of professionals who have completed extensive educational requirements and contributed to the advancement of their respective fields through published […]



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Dr. Mesfin Accepts Appointment to CME Committee of NASS

September 7, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce that Fassil Mesfin, MD, has accepted an appointment to become a member of the Continuing Medical Education Committee of the North American Spine Society (NASS). As a member, he will be responsible for assessing educational needs and developing CME activities to enhance the capabilities of spine professionals. […]



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Welcome, Cerise Cisneros and Nicole Wisniewski!

August 23, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery is happy to announce that Cerise Cisneros and Nicole Wisniewski have joined our research team. Cerise (right) and Nicole (left) are research assistants who will work on clinical trials and registries. Cerise is a 2021 graduate of St. Mary’s University. Nicole is a 2022 graduate of the University of Notre Dame.



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Department Unveils New Study Evaluating CerebroFlo® EVD Catheter

August 19, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery is rolling out a new nationwide study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the CerebroFlo® EVD catheter during the treatment of intraventricular hemorrhage. Ali Seifi, MD, FNCS, FCCM, is serving as the study’s principal investigator. Our research team members recently enrolled their first and second subjects. They are hoping to […]



2022 Virtual Residency Diversity Fair

August 18, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery will be participating in a live interactive residency fair taking place on Wednesday, August 31st, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. You can register for this event by visiting the link below. Registration ends August 29th at 5:00 PM CST. https://uthscsa-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ntrUAF5MQhyxsyL7yuRzzg


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Welcome, Dr. Martinez!

August 16, 2022

Ali Seifi, MD, FNCS, FCCM, and all our team members would like to welcome Paola Martinez, MD, to the Department of Neurosurgery. Yesterday was her first day as a faculty member on our Neurocritical Care team. When you get a chance to meet Dr. Martinez, please make sure to greet her and make her feel […]



New Article Published in Journal of Clinical Neuroscience

August 3, 2022

Faculty and residents from the Department of Neurosurgery recently published an article in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience demonstrating that most ruptured aneurysms are small and have low rupture risk scores. The article’s co-authors include Lee Birnbaum, MD, Justin Mascitelli, MD, Pavel Rodriguez, MD, Victoria Fischer, MD, and Matthew Webb, MD. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35878541/



Justin Mascitelli, MD, Voted Neurosurgery Member-at-Large for SNIS

July 29, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce that Justin Mascitelli, MD, was recently voted the 2022-2023 Neurosurgery Member-at-Large for the Board of Directors of the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery (SNIS). We believe Dr. Mascitelli is well-suited to this position and the SNIS will greatly benefit from his guidance and leadership in this new role.