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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. Derek Samples smiling for his staff photo.

Resident Paper Competition Success

June 27, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Clay Samples for his success earlier this month at the annual meeting of the J. Bradley Aust Surgical Society. Dr. Samples won third place in the Resident Paper Competition for his article entitled “Role of Follow-up CT Scans in the Management of Traumatic Pediatric Epidural Hematomas.”



Laddie the Therapy Dog posed with the Neurocritical Care staff.

Laddie, the Therapy Dog

June 14, 2019

Laddie, a therapy dog from Paws Up Pet Therapy, visited the Neurocritical Care staff this afternoon to relieve some stress and make everyone smile. Laddie enjoys herding cats, giving high fives, and being treated to the occasional Whatburger Justaburger patty.



Screenshot of the 2019 Resident Wellness newsletter featuring the residents from the Department of Neurosurgery.

Resident Wellness Newsletter

June 5, 2019

Graduate Medical Education periodically publishes a newsletter with helpful articles, tips, and resources compiled together to promote resident wellness. The most recent edition of their newsletter featured the Department of Neurosurgery’s residency program with an article written by Drs. David Wallace and Alexander Papanastassiou. You can read the newsletter and learn more about resident wellness […]



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!



Service Award Ceremony

May 31, 2019

John Floyd, M.D., recently presented Jean-Louis Caron, M.D., FRCS(c), FACS, and Viktor Bartanusz, M.D., Ph.D., with employee service awards. Dr. Caron is celebrating 15 years of service to UT Health and Dr. Bartanusz is celebrating 10 years of service to the university.


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.