Patient Sandra Holquin sitting in a chair and smiling.

Sandra’s Story

March 14, 2019

Sandra Holquin suffered from chronic pain throughout most of her life. “I couldn’t walk or even do household chores,” she told us during a recent visit. “Epidural and steroid injections would help, but the pain would always come back.” During an appointment at the pain clinic, she was referred to Alexander M. Papanastassiou, M.D., who […]



Dr. David Wallace standing before a podium and presenting his research at Neurosurgical Society meeting in Key Largo.

Southern Neurosurgical Society

February 26, 2019

David Wallace, MD, PGY-6 traveled to the Southern Neurosurgical Society meeting in Key Largo, Florida to present research from the UT Health’s experience treating pediatric traumatic brain injury.



Dr. Cameron McDougall standing in front of his poster and smiling with a glass of water in his hand.

2019 International Stroke Conference

February 8, 2019

Cameron M. McDougall, M.D., recently presented a poster at the 2019 International Stroke Conference titled “Microsurgery Treatment Rate for Unruptured Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformations is Increased post-ARUBA.” Many of our faculty members contributed to his research, including Jean-Louis R. Caron, M.D., FRCS(c), FACS, Lee Birnbaum, M.D., and Justin Robert Mascitelli, M.D.



Dr. Ali Seifi posing for his staff photo.

Texas chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)

February 4, 2019

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to announce that Dr. Seifi was recently elected by the members of the Texas chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) to fill the at-large seat on their board of directors. The SCCM is the largest non-profit medical organization dedicated to promoting excellence and consistency in the […]



The Neurocritical Care Team posing for a holiday photo with big smiles and funny hats.

Thank you!

January 7, 2019

The Department of Neurosurgery would like to recognize the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff that worked so hard taking care of patients in the Neuro ICU over the holidays.



Drs. Van Horne and Papanastasiou standing in front of the Department of Neurosurgery doors.

Craig G van Horne, M.D., Ph.D.

December 18, 2018

Last Friday, the Department of Neurosurgery was visited by Craig G van Horne, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Kentucky. During grand rounds, Dr. Horne discussed a neurosurgical approach to the delivery of cell therapies for disease modification in Parkinson’s disease. We thank Dr. Horne for taking the time to see us and share his […]



Dr. Derek Samples standing in front of his research poster and smiling.

46th Annual Meeting of the AANS/CNS

December 10, 2018

Izabela Tarasiewicz, M.D., and Derek C. Samples, M.D., recently attended the section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery in Nashville. They presented a poster describing the role of follow-up CT scans in the management of traumatic pediatric epidural hematomas.



Nurse Practitioner Sherman Wieneke smiling in the Department of Neurosurgery conference room.

Welcome, Sherman Wieneke MSN, AGNP-C.

December 6, 2018

The Department of Neurosurgery would like to welcome Sherman Wieneke MSN, AGNP-C. Sherman achieved his masters in nursing from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is certified as an adult-geriatric nurse practitioner by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Sherman has a background in emergency medicine as well as primary care. He has […]



An array of festive holiday items sprawling across a tabletop in the Department of Neurosurgery.

Happy Holidays

December 1, 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays around the office!



Screenshot of Dr. Robert Mascitelli sitting and answering questions for his interview with KLRN.

SciTech Now

November 16, 2018

Justin Robert Mascitelli, M.D., was recently interviewed for the KLRN show “SciTech Now.” During his segment, Dr. Mascitelli demonstrated how “Rapid Stroke” technology enables physicians to receive and review patient imaging directly on their cell phones. Having immediate access to that kind of critical information can make all the difference in an emergency, especially when […]