News

Department Team Members Author New Publication

January 10, 2024

Drs. Gaub, Leary, Birnbaum, Al-Saiegh, and Mascitelli have authored a new publication, entitled: “Double microcatheter reduction using partially deployed Atlas stents in treating a large dysplastic MCA bifurcation aneurysm with Y stent assisted coiling.” You can view the article by visiting the link below: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/38171604/  


Team members from the department gather together at Chicken and Pickle.

Welcome Party at Chicken N Pickle

October 26, 2023

Earlier this month, we hosted a “Welcome Party” at Chicken N Pickle for all our team members who recently joined the Department of Neurosurgery. We were excited to gather with our friends and families to celebrate the newest additions to our team!



Dr. Burma’s Research Featured in Local News Reporting

October 24, 2023

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to report that Sandeep Burma, PhD, in conjunction with other researchers at the Mays Cancer Center, has published important work pinpointing the molecular mechanisms by which BRCA1 gene mutations cause cancer in women. Their groundbreaking work has been covered by UT Health, Newswise, News 4 San Antonio, and Spectrum […]


Kristi Dietert prepares to present her dissertation.

Congratulations to Kristi Dietert, PhD!

October 23, 2023

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to share the news that Kristi Dietert, a UT Health graduate research assistant working in the lab of Dr. Naomi Sayre, recently presented her dissertation and completed her PhD program in Integrated Biomedical Science within the Cell Biology, Genetics and Molecular Mechanisms discipline. Her dissertation focused on the role […]



People prepare for the opening of the Spine Center.

Inauguration of The Spine Center at UT Health San Antonio

October 20, 2023

On Monday, we celebrated the opening of our newest facility: The Spine Center at UT Health San Antonio. This state-of-the-art clinic at the Medical Arts and Research Center boasts comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for adults and children. It is also the only spine center in South Texas with an EOSedge, an imaging system that uses lower […]



Staff from Neurosurgery smile for photos at the Bexar County Medical Society Extraordinary Women in Medicine dinner event.

2023 Extraordinary Women in Medicine Award Dinner

September 27, 2023

Last Wednesday, the Bexar County Medical Society hosted a dinner honoring the winners of the 2023 Extraordinary Women in Medicine award. From our department, three faculty members were selected: Paola Martinez, MD, Naomi Sayre, PhD, and Izabela Tarasiewicz, MD. Drs. Victoria Fischer and Pegah Ghamasaee also attended the event to celebrate our department’s winners and […]



Dr. Al-Saiegh and his wife, Sally, pose for a photo at their baby shower.

Baby Shower 2023 – Sally and Fadi Al-Saiegh, MD

September 20, 2023

Last Friday, team members from the Department of Neurosurgery gathered together for a baby shower celebrating Sally and Fadi Al-Saiegh, MD. We wish them both the very best as they prepare to welcome their first child into the world. Get ready to take lots of pictures!



Alexander Papanastassiou, MD, Treats Patient with DBS

September 15, 2023

UT Health published this article about Carl McLain, a patient with Parkinson’s disease who was treated by Alexander Papanastassiou, MD, using deep brain stimulation. Carl reported an improvement in his symptoms after surgery and describes the event as a turning point in his life. You can learn more about his journey by visiting the link […]


KENS 5 Medical Minute Featuring Alexander Papanastassiou, MD

August 31, 2023

Alexander Papanastassiou, MD, gave an overview of deep brain stimulation (DBS) and explained how it can be used to treat patients with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor or epilepsy in this KENS 5 Medical Minute video.


Combined profile photo set of Drs. Martinez, Sayre, and Tarasiewicz.

Faculty Members Selected for 2023 Extraordinary Women in Medicine Award

August 25, 2023

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce that Paola Martinez, MD, Naomi Sayre, PhD, and Izabela Tarasiewicz, MD, have been selected for the 2023 Extraordinary Women in Medicine Award by the Bexar County Medical Society. This award recognizes their outstanding commitment to the field of medicine and provides our community with the opportunity to […]