Faculty

Dr. Ali Seifi smiling for his staff photo.

HiccAway Article Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association

June 29, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is pleased to share the news that a research article examining the efficacy of Dr. Ali Seifi’s HiccAway invention was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Within their study, HiccAway stopped hiccups in nearly 92% of participant cases and was rated favorably when compared with home […]



Dr. Kaddouh smiling for his profile photo.

Firas Kaddouh, M.D., Appointed to UT Health Faculty Senate

June 16, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to share the news that Firas Kaddouh, M.D., has been appointed to the faculty senate at UT Health. The Faculty Senate of the Health Science Center serves as the representative voice of the faculty on issues that may affect the rights, privileges, responsibilities and welfare of the university’s faculty […]



Team members at a pool party.

Summertime Pool Party 2021

June 15, 2021

Justin Mascitelli, M.D., recently hosted a pool party for team members from the Department of Neurosurgery. Relaxing by the pool with burgers, drinks, and a game of cornhole was a great way to start the summer! The team was also fortunate to be visited by Reade De Leacy, M.D., from the Mount Sinai Department of […]




Justin Mascitelli, M.D., Named Website Committee Chair of the Joint CV Section of the AANS and the CNS

June 9, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce that Justin Mascitelli, M.D., was recently named website committee chair of the Joint Cerebrovascular Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. All CV Section membership leaders are responsible for promoting and assuring advancement in the diagnosis and the surgical and […]




Dr. Birnbaum Performs Surgery with Comaneci device.

June 3, 2021

Lee Birnbaum, M.D., recently performed surgery to treat an aneurysm using the Comaneci device, an adjustable remodeling mesh that assists physicians with embolization. You can read more about this successful surgery by visiting this link.



Dr. Mascitelli Interviewed by KENS 5 to Discuss Stroke

May 28, 2021

Justin Mascitelli, M.D., was recently interviewed for a KENS 5 Wear the Gown segment describing the warning signs of stroke. You can watch the video by clicking on the link below: Recognizing the signs of a stroke | Wear The Gown | kens5.com If you observe any of these signs in yourself or others, make […]


Dr. Michael McGinity smiling for his staff photo.

Dr. McGinity Appointed to the Position of Clinical Director

May 20, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to announce that Michael McGinity, M.D., was recently appointed to the position of clinical director for the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. McGinity joined our department as a faculty member in 2019, roughly a year after he graduated from our residency program. As clinical director, Dr. McGinity will be responsible […]



Staff members gather together over a Zoom call to wish Dr. Sun farewell.

Farewell Gathering for Dr. Derrick Sun

May 3, 2021

Last Friday, team members from the Department of Neurosurgery gathered over a Zoom call to bid farewell to their friend and colleague, Derrick Sun, M.D. For the past five years, Dr. Sun has been a crucial part of our faculty. He provided patients with complex spine care of the highest standard as a clinician and […]



Dr. Seifi smiles with his SCCM Presidential Citation award

Dr. Seifi Wins Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine

April 27, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to announce that Ali Seifi, MD, FNCS, FCCM, was recently awarded the Presidential Citation by the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Each year, this accolade is given to only a few intensivists from around the world who have made extraordinary contributions of time, energy, and resources to the SCCM. […]



Dr. Caron Co-Authors Intracerebral Hemorrhage Manuscript Derived from 20 Year Research Effort

January 28, 2021

Jean-Louis R. Caron, M.D., FRCS(c), FACS, recently co-authored a manuscript examining intracerebral hemorrhage volume reduction and intervention timing as they relate to functional benefit and patient survival. This manuscript is part of a series of papers published over the last few years involving our department’s intracerebral hemorrhage NIH trials. They are the culmination of a […]