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Graduate Student Kristi Guerrero smiles for her staff photo.

Kristi Dietert Awarded Grant Position from the Translational Science Training (TST) TL1 Program at UT Health

May 5, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to share the news that research trainee Kristi Dietert was recently awarded a grant position from the Translational Science Training (TST) TL1 Program at UT Health. The goal of this program is to enhance the quality and scope of the doctoral research experience by offering interdisciplinary training and mentorship […]



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. […]



BOOST-3 Study Requests Public Comment and Feedback

April 22, 2021

UT Health San Antonio and University Health System will investigate two treatment strategies for people with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) who are undergoing intensive care. The BOOST-3 study will help determine if monitoring brain oxygen levels and acting on them quickly results in better outcomes for patients with severe TBI. At this time, the […]


UT Health San Antonio Recognized as VHL Clinical Care Center

April 14, 2021

UT Health San Antonio was recently recognized by the VHL Alliance as an official VHL Clinical Care Center. VHL, or Von Hippel-Lindau disease, is a genetic disorder characterized by the development of blood vessel tumors in different parts of the body. These slow-growing tumors can arise in the brain, spinal cord, retinas, and near the […]


Department of Neurosurgery Alumnus Treats Traumatic Brain Injury During Deployment

March 22, 2021

The Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine recently shared this post about Department of Neurosurgery alumnus MAJ Bradley Dengler, MD. The post describes MAJ Dengler’s work leading a surgical team during deployment and highlights his experience treating patients with traumatic brain injury.


PowerPoint Slide of our three new residents.

2021-2022 Residency Applicant Matches

March 19, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce the 2021-2022 Match applicants who will be joining our residency team this July: Molly Farrell, D.O., Daniel Smerin, M.D., and Alexander Villahermosa, M.D. When you get the chance to meet them, please make sure to introduce yourself to these fine physicians and welcome them to our community.




Neurosurgery Shining Stars Award Winner – Mary Ann Barragan

February 4, 2021

We are pleased to share the news that the winner of our Neurosurgery Shining Stars Award for the month of December is Mary Ann Barragan. Mary Ann has been with the Department of Neurosurgery for ten years. She originally served as a senior administrative assistant while finishing her nursing degree. She went on to work […]



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 […]