Faculty

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 […]


Lee Birnbaum, MD, Publishes Statewide Stroke Thrombectomy Project.

January 26, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is pleased to announce that Lee Birnbaum, MD, was involved in the recent publication of a statewide stroke thrombectomy project. The Lone Star Stroke Clinical Trial Network collected data from eight major comprehensive stroke/thrombectomy centers located throughout Texas to identify the potential barriers and delays that exist during the intra-arterial thrombectomy transfer […]


Dr. Mascitelli performs first case at Advanced Diagnostic Center.

Dr. Mascitelli Performs First Case at Advanced Diagnostic Center

January 22, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is pleased to announce that Justin Mascitelli, MD, recently performed the very first case at UHS’s Advanced Diagnostic Center. The Advanced Diagnostic Center is a state-of-the-art medical facility that will be the new home for UHS patient cases involving cardiology, vascular surgery, and neuroendovascular surgery. Congratulations to Dr. Mascitelli and all […]



Neurosurgery Faculty Members Make 2021 Top Doctors List

January 21, 2021

Several faculty members from the Department of Neurosurgery were recently included in San Antonio Magazine’s 2021 Top Doctors list. San Antonio Magazine compiles this annual list to recognize physicians in our community who have earned sterling reputations among their peers for their superior standard of care. Congratulations to all our physicians who were honored in […]


Dr. Alexander Papanastassiou smiling for his staff photo.

Dr. Papanastassiou Wins President’s Translational and Entrepreneurial Research Fund Award.

September 22, 2020

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to share the news that Alexander Papanastassiou, M.D., was recently named a winner of the President’s Translational and Entrepreneurial Research Fund 2020 Awards. Dr. Papanastassiou’s winning project, the “Rook Procedure Scheduler,” is a software platform that streamlines booking surgeries and procedures. It also manages conflicts and pre-authorization.



Dr. Alexander Papanastassiou smiling for his staff photo.

“D’s on Keys” Free Virtual Event Available to Public This Saturday

September 14, 2020

Department of Neurosurgery faculty member Alexander Papanastassiou, MD, will be performing at “D’s on Keys” this Saturday (September 20th) at 11 am. “D’s on Keys” is a fundraising event for Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW), a local performing arts organization. This virtual broadcast of their annual show will honor the first responders and healthcare workers in our community […]



Dr. Ali Seifi smiling for his staff photo.

Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, FNCS, Invents Device to Stop Hiccups

September 11, 2020

Department of Neurosurgery faculty member Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, FNCS, has invented a device to stop hiccups. Dr. Seifi’s device forces users to exert effort to suction water. Negative pressure in the chest pulls down the diaphragm, which activates the phrenic nerve. When water comes into the mouth and swallowing occurs, the vagus nerve is […]



Dr. Lee Birnbaum smiling for his staff photo.

Lee Birnbaum, M.D., Promoted to Professor

September 2, 2020

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce the promotion of Lee Birnbaum, M.D., to the position of professor. Dr. Birnbaum is a board-certified neurologist in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery at UT Health. His dual training in neurology and endovascular neurosurgery provides him with a unique perspective when treating vascular disorders of the […]



Dr. Justin Robert Mascitelli smiling for his staff photo.

Dr. Mascitelli Co-authors Paper Examining Mechanical Thrombectomy during COVID-19 Pandemic

September 1, 2020

Justin Mascitelli, M.D., recently co-authored an article in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery titled “International experience of mechanical thrombectomy during the COVID-19 pandemic: insights from STAR and ENRG.” Dr. Mascitelli and his co-authors observed a low rate of COVID-19 among stroke patients undergoing mechanical thrombectomy (MT) in low-COVID burden counties. They also reported that more […]



Faculty Members Publish Article Examining Impact of Ruptured Aneurysm Circulation on Mortality

July 31, 2020

Department of Neurosurgery faculty members Justin Mascitelli, M.D., and Ali Seifi, M.D., FACP, FNCS, recently coauthored an article for the Journal of Stoke and Cerebrovascular Diseases titled “Impact of Ruptured Aneurysm Circulation on Mortality: A Nationwide Inpatient Sample Analysis.” The study concluded that mortality following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage is associated with posterior circulation aneurysms and […]