Education

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 […]



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.



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!