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Welcome, Ashleigh Johns!

July 27, 2020

The Department of Neurosurgery is pleased to announce that Ashleigh Johns, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, has joined our neurocritical care team as a nurse practitioner. Ms. Johns attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Texas […]



Faculty members Publish Article Presenting Postmarket Analysis of New Microstent

July 24, 2020

Department of Neurosurgery faculty members Lee Birnbaum, M.D., and Justin Mascitelli, M.D., recently coauthored an article for the American Journal of Radiology titled “Multicenter Postmarket Analysis of the Neuroform Atlas Stent for Stent-Assisted Coil Embolization of Intracranial Aneurysms.” Their article presents a multicenter analysis of the Neuroform Atlas, a new microstent designed to assist in […]


Drs. Mascitelli and Morton Win 2020 Faculty Teaching Awards

July 22, 2020

The Department of Neurosurgery is pleased to announce that Justin Mascitelli, M.D., and Ryan Morton, M.D., have won the 2020 Teaching Awards for core faculty and adjunct faculty, respectively. These accolades are awarded by the residents of our department in recognition of an outstanding level of distinction in teaching as well as a true commitment […]


Faculty Members Publish Study Examining Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

July 20, 2020

Department of Neurosurgery faculty members Justin Mascitelli, M.D., and Ali Seifi, M.D., FACP, FNCS, recently coauthored an article for the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons titled “Protective Effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Outcomes After Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: A Nationwide Analysis.” Their study concluded that subarachnoid hemorrhage patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) […]


Department of Neurosurgery Team Members Publish Case Report Describing Surgical Management of Dural Arteriovenous Fistula

July 16, 2020

Jean-Louis Caron, M.D., FRCS(c), FACS, Justin Mascitelli, M.D., Tyler Patterson, M.D., Matthew Webb, M.D., and David Wallace, M.D., recently published a case report in World Neurosurgery entitled: “Suboccipital, Supracerebellar, Infratentorial Approach for Microsurgical Clipping of a Ruptured Tentorial, Straight Sinus Type Dural Arteriovenous Fistula.” Because the surgical management of dural arteriovenous fistulas has become relatively […]


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Dr. Birnbaum Publishes New Paper Examining Prehospital EMS Scales

July 8, 2020

Lee Birnbaum, M.D., recently published an article in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery entitled: “Paramedic utilization of Vision, Aphasia, Neglect (VAN) stroke severity scale in the prehospital setting predicts emergent large vessel occlusion stroke.” The study’s findings reinforce published evidence demonstrating that prehospital EMS scales, such as VAN, can be successfully incorporated into complex stroke care […]



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Dr. Burma Publishes New Paper Exploring Specificity of Action by Resection Enzymes

July 2, 2020

Sandeep Burma, Ph.D., recently published a paper in Nature Communications in collaboration with Patrick Sung, DPhil, from the Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology. Their paper explores the specificity of action by resection enzymes to correct DNA double-strand breaks. The knowledge gained from this study could one day help improve the efficacy of cancer treatments. […]



We Can Stop the Spread Kickoff

June 26, 2020

UT Health is committed to ensuring the welfare of our staff and patients. Please join us in helping to slow the surge in COVID-19 cases in our community. Together, we can stop the spread. #wecanstopthespread


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Dr. Seifi Co-Authors First Article Reporting a National Incidence for Brain Death in the U.S.

June 25, 2020

Ali Seifi, M.D., FACP, recently co-authored an article providing a detailed epidemiological analysis of brain death in the United States. This article marks the first time ever that a national incidence for brain death has been reported for the U.S. The article is open access, so you can read the entire piece by clicking on […]




Father’s Day 2020

June 21, 2020

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and father figures who illustrate what it means to love their families. We wish you a wonderful weekend filled with lasting memories.