Education

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



Graduation 2020: Celebrating David Wallace, M.D.

June 19, 2020

This Saturday, June 20th, the Department of Neurosurgery will celebrate the graduation of David Wallace, M.D., from our residency program. With his keen insight, hard work, and wonderful sense of humor, Dr. Wallace has made many important contributions to our program that are sure to be long-lasting. Although we are sad to see him go, […]



Dr. Seifi Co-Authors First Peer-Reviewed Article about Coronavirus Fears and Stroke

June 11, 2020

Ali Seifi, M.D., FACP, recently co-authored an article exploring why fewer people seem to be seeking medical attention for stroke and other acute coronary conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Seifi’s work is the first peer-reviewed article that has ever been published on this topic. It is open access, so you can read the entire […]


Distinction in Research Awarded to Michael Bounajem and Sheetal Hegde

June 8, 2020

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to recognize two students who recently received medical degrees conferring a Distinction in Research: Michael Bounajem and Sheetal Hegde. Michael was mentored by Izabela Tarasiewicz, M.D., and his project was entitled: “Clinical Course and Management of Pediatric Epidural Hematomas.” Sheetal’s mentor was Naomi Sayre, Ph.D., and her project was […]


Dr. Lee Birnbaum smiling for his staff photo.

Coronavirus Fears and Stroke Care

June 5, 2020

Lee Birnbaum, M.D., was recently interviewed for a KABB news segment to discuss how the fear of coronavirus infection is keeping some people from getting evaluated for stroke care. Dr. Birnbaum encouraged viewers to seek medical attention for stroke as quickly as possible in order to maximize the efficacy of treatment. You can watch the […]



Michael Bounajem poses with an award.

2020 Senior Student Achievement Award for Excellence in Neurosurgery – Michael Bounajem

June 3, 2020

The Department of Neurosurgery recently had the honor of presenting Michael Bounajem with the 2020 Senior Student Achievement Award for Excellence in Neurosurgery. This award was given to Michael in recognition of his exceptional performance, his compassionate patient care, and his strong commitment to the neurosurgical sciences. We are proud of Michael’s achievements and consider ourselves fortunate […]



Residents and faculty stand with Dr. Lawton.

Grand Rounds: Michael T. Lawton, M.D.

February 7, 2020

Michael T. Lawton, M.D., visited the Department of Neurosurgery to speak during grand rounds and provide his guidance regarding faculty and resident case presentations. Dr. Lawton is president and CEO of the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) in Phoenix, Arizona, and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at BNI. He is an internationally recognized neurosurgeon with […]



People standing over cadavers in a lab.

Cadaver Lab

November 27, 2019

In our most recent cadaver lab, residents learned how to perform a minimally invasive spine fusion technique called an XLIF (Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) by NuVasive. The residents are using the ORBEYE, a high definition 3D exoscope that aids surgeons in microsurgical technique.



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.