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Dr. John Floyd presents Carl Middleton with an award commemorating his fifth year at the Department of Neurosurgery.

Carl Middleton 5 Years with the Department of Neurosurgery

May 18, 2018

Thank you, Carl Middleton, for 5 years of excellent work!



Dean Robert Hromas, M.D., FACP, smiling and standing next to Dr. John Floyd in the Department of Neurosurgery conference room.

John Robert Floyd II, M.D, Appointment New Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery

May 4, 2018

Today, the dean of the Long School of Medicine, Robert Hromas, M.D., FACP, announced the appointment of John Robert Floyd II, M.D., to the position of chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, effective June 1, 2018. He was selected from a pool of strong finalists assembled by a national search committee headed by Dr. Robin Brey, […]



Graduate Student Kristi Guerrero peers into a microscope.

Graduate Student Spotlight: Kristi Guerrero

April 24, 2018

Kristi Guerrero is a graduate student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program at UT Health San Antonio in the lab of Dr. Naomi Sayre. Double-majoring in chemistry and molecular biology, she graduated cum laude from Texas Lutheran University. Before beginning her graduate studies, she spent time doing laboratory research in both industry and academia. Now, […]



Resident students in scrubs and coats watching a pair of monitors while Dr. Josh Beckman teaches.

Resident Training

April 16, 2018

Dr. Josh Beckman, who is an adjunct clinical assistant professor at SAMMC, was invited to teach our residents on the techniques of performing eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF). XLIF is a minimally invasive way of performing lumbar fusion surgery for various conditions affecting the spine including degenerative, traumatic, infectious or neoplastic conditions. It involves approaching […]



Dr. Ali Seifi and Dr. Robert Hromas flank William Chase Johnson as he holds his UT Health San Antonio Dean's Research award for his research project.

Passport 2018

April 10, 2018

Under the mentorship of Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, William Chase Johnson, MS3, received The UT Health San Antonio Dean’s Research Award. For his project: “Reevaluating the Weekend Effect on SAH: A Nationwide Analysis of the Association Between Mortality and Weekend Admission.”



Dr. Izabela Tarasiewicz and Ashlyn smiling during and clinic visit while they both throw peace signs at the camera.

Ashlyn’s Story

April 4, 2018

Earlier this year, Ashlyn Rivera got into an accident that was so severe she had to be airlifted from her home in Laredo to UHS, where she was rushed into surgery. During her stay, Izabela Tarasiewicz, M.D., and the team at the Department of Neurosurgery performed four major life-saving surgeries. Ashlyn stayed in the pediatric […]



Alan Cirlin sitting in a chair and smiling with his hands interlaced.

Alan Cirlin’s story

March 29, 2018

Alan Cirlin suffered from severe Parkinson’s disease for many years. He couldn’t do simple things like cooking and getting himself dressed. It got to be so bad that he was confined to a wheelchair. “I kept falling over,” he said. “I was like a kid.” Alan started attending a Parkinson’s Support group. It was there […]



Stent diagram. It looks like a serpentine curve of wired mesh.

Stryker Neurovascular Atlas Stent.

March 15, 2018

Dr. Ramesh Grandhi from UT Health Neurosurgery San Antonio was the first physician in San Antonio/Central Texas, and one of the first in the country, to use the @StrykerNV Atlas Stent. The Atlas Stent can be delivered through a smaller catheter which makes it able to access smaller vessels in difficult areas of the brain. […]



Dr. Izabela Tarasiewicz and Nicki sitting in clinic and smiling.

Nicki’s Story

March 13, 2018

Nicki’s family told us that they originally brought her into the emergency room because she was “getting fevers that she couldn’t shake.” After they found out she had a serious left-sided intracranial abscess, Nicki was rushed into surgery. Izabela Tarasiewicz, M.D., performed a hemicraniectomy and Ramesh Grandhi, M.D., placed a pipeline. She also had multiple […]



Dr. John Floyd standing next to Dr. David Wallace while he holds a rectangular award made out of what appears to be glass.

Best Resident Presentation TANS 2018

February 27, 2018

David Wallace, MD was awardedat the Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons 2018 Annual Meeting held in Houston, Texas this year. His paper co-authored with Interim Chairman John Floyd, MD and Chief Resident Michael McGinity, MD proposes a novel method and results to manage surgical site infections after brain tumor surgery. This method aims to expedite […]