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Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Running Series 2022 – Department Team Members Complete 5K Together

December 6, 2022

This past weekend, several team members from the Department of Neurosurgery participated in the 14th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Running Series. The event, which includes a marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K, typically attracts about 20,000 runners each year. Darren Poidevin, Monica Garcia, Maria Paz, and Marissa Velez supported each other throughout the […]



Dr. Seifi and HiccAway Featured in Future Magazine

November 18, 2022

Dr. Ali Seifi was featured in the latest issue of Future, the official magazine of the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The published story describes the development of Dr. Seifi’s HiccAway device and relays his guidance to other inventors who […]



Welcome, Dr. Chen!

October 27, 2022

Ali Seifi, MD, FNCS, FCCM, and all our team members would like to welcome Kevin Chen, MD, to the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Chen joined us early in October as a faculty member on our Neurocritical Care team. When you get a chance to meet Dr. Chen, please make sure to greet him and make […]



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2022 CNS Annual Meeting – Caitlyn Smith to Present on October 11th

September 30, 2022

Caitlyn Smith, a third-year medical student at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and mentee of Department of Neurosurgery faculty member Dr. Fassil Mesfin, will be speaking at the annual Congress of Neurological Surgeons meeting on October 11th, 2022. You can watch Caitlyn present her topic, “Molecular Signature of Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath on […]




2022 CNS Annual Meeting – Dr. Mascitelli Scheduled to Present on October 9th

September 29, 2022

Justin Mascitelli, MD, FAANS, will be a presenting a comprehensive review of treatment for intracranial aneurysms on October 9th at the annual CNS meeting. You can catch his presentation by attending the Cerebrovascular Bundle 2 symposium (SYM12B) at 12:45pm in room 2014. https://www.cns.org/annualmeeting



Caitlyn Smith smiles in headshot

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 […]



Fassil B. Mesfin, MD, PhD, smiles for his photo.

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. […]



Cerise Cisneros and Nicole Wisniewski smile together in a photo.

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.