Education

Participants work in the cadaver lab.

Cadaver Lab

November 4, 2019

Our residents recently explored various surgical approaches to the third ventricle during a cadaver lab. Dr. John Floyd, chairman, highlighted interhemispheric approaches, including transcallosal, transforaminal, and interfornicial nuances. The residents were able to practice these techniques in our lab with cadavers provided by Stryker.



Photo of SCCM presenters.

SCCM Presentation

October 14, 2019

Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, recently served as the moderator for an event sponsored by the Texas chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. At the event, Jean-Louis Caron, MD, FRACS, FACS, and Chethan P. Venkatasubba Rao, MD, FNCS, gave a thought-provoking presentation about the management of intracranial pressure in traumatic brain injury.



Kristi Guerrero sits in front of a microscope in our research lab.

Meet the Researcher: A Conversation with Kristi Guerrero

July 29, 2019

Kristi Guerrero, a graduate student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program at UT Health San Antonio, was recently featured in an article for the Pipette Gazette. We’re proud to have Kristi as a member of our research team and excited to see the contributions she will make to the study of neurodegenerative disease and brain […]



The Neuro Intensive Care Unit team members pose with our new residents and medical students who will be rotating with us the month of July 2019.

Welcome, New Students and Residents

July 12, 2019

The Department of Neurosurgery and the members of the Neuro ICU team extend a warm welcome to the new medical students and residents who will be rotating with us during the month of July. We are excited to have them join us so that they can continue to learn more about the field of neurocritical […]



Drs. Grant Booher,, Ian McDougall, and Vaibhav Patel pose for their group graduation photo.

Graduation 2019

July 10, 2019

The Department of Neurosurgery recently celebrated the graduation of Grant Booher, M.D., Ian McDougall, M.D., and Vaibhav Patel, M.D. During the ceremony, our faculty and staff had the opportunity to recognize the contributions these graduates made to our department during their residency. We wish them the very best in all their future endeavors!  



Dr. Garvin accepting her award and smiling.

Excellence in Teaching Award

June 3, 2019

All of us at the Department of Neurosurgery extend our best wishes to Rachel Garvin, M.D., F.N.C.S., for winning the 2018-2019 Diane Solomon, MD, Award for Excellence in Teaching as voted by the neurology medical students at UT Health San Antonio. Congratulations, Dr. Garvin!



Dr. Birnbaum stands and speaks about stroke with KENS 5.

KENS 5 Segment with Dr. Birnbaum – Additional Stroke Risk Factors

May 24, 2019

Dr. Lee Birnbaum was recently featured in another KENS 5 story. During the segment, he explained how smoking and estrogen-based oral contraceptives can contribute to a person’s overall risk for stroke. You can read or watch the story here.



Dr. Birnbaum stands and speaks about stroke with KENS 5.

KENS 5 Segment with Dr. Birnbaum – Stroke Risk Factors

May 23, 2019

During his interview with KENS 5, Dr. Lee Birnbaum discussed the risk factors for stroke among young people. He also addressed a news headline that recently circulated about a man from Oklahoma who suffered a stroke after popping his neck. You can read or watch the story here.



Dr. Birnbaum stands and speaks about stroke with KENS 5.

KENS 5 Segment with Dr. Birnbaum – One Stroke Patient’s Story

May 21, 2019

Dr. Lee Birnbaum was recently interviewed by KENS 5 for their informative story about stroke patient Mario Herrera. During the segment, Dr. Birnbaum stressed how crucial timing can be during the treatment of stroke. You can read or watch the story here.



Dr. Ali Seifi smiling in front of a poster for the 15th Emirates Critical Care Conference.

Emirates Critical Care Conference

April 17, 2019

Earlier this April, the director of our neuro ICU, Ali Seifi, M.D., FACP, was invited to be a guest speaker at the 15th Emirates Critical Care Conference in Dubai. This annual meeting, sponsored by the Neurocritical Care Society and the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine, brings together prominent specialists and […]