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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 […]



Residents instruct medical students in suture lab.

Neurosurgery Medical Student Interest Group Suture Lab

June 8, 2021

Residents from the Department of Neurosurgery recently guided medical students through a suture lab. Suturing is a process by which physicians close wounds, repair tissue, and promote healing. Some subjects commonly used for practice during these labs include bananas, oranges, and raw chicken. Suture lab sessions provide medical students with important opportunities to exercise their […]




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.



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Emmanuel Luna Joins the Department of Neurosurgery

June 1, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to announce that Emmanuel Luna has joined our staff as our business administrator. Before he joined our department, Emmanuel worked as an office manager in the Infectious Diseases Division of the Department of Medicine and an employment coordinator in the Department of Anesthesiology. We are all looking forward to […]



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 […]



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 […]