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Emmanuel Luna smiling for his staff photo

Emmanuel Luna Joins the Department of Neurosurgery

June 1, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to announce that Emmanuel Luna has joined our staff as our business administrator. Before he joined our department, Emmanuel worked as an office manager in the Infectious Diseases Division of the Department of Medicine and an employment coordinator in the Department of Anesthesiology. We are all looking forward to […]



Dr. Mascitelli Interviewed by KENS 5 to Discuss Stroke

May 28, 2021

Justin Mascitelli, M.D., was recently interviewed for a KENS 5 Wear the Gown segment describing the warning signs of stroke. You can watch the video by clicking on the link below: Recognizing the signs of a stroke | Wear The Gown | kens5.com If you observe any of these signs in yourself or others, make […]


Dr. Michael McGinity smiling for his staff photo.

Dr. McGinity Appointed to the Position of Clinical Director

May 20, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to announce that Michael McGinity, M.D., was recently appointed to the position of clinical director for the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. McGinity joined our department as a faculty member in 2019, roughly a year after he graduated from our residency program. As clinical director, Dr. McGinity will be responsible […]



Graduate Student Kristi Guerrero smiles for her staff photo.

Kristi Dietert Awarded Grant Position from the Translational Science Training (TST) TL1 Program at UT Health

May 5, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to share the news that research trainee Kristi Dietert was recently awarded a grant position from the Translational Science Training (TST) TL1 Program at UT Health. The goal of this program is to enhance the quality and scope of the doctoral research experience by offering interdisciplinary training and mentorship […]



Staff members gather together over a Zoom call to wish Dr. Sun farewell.

Farewell Gathering for Dr. Derrick Sun

May 3, 2021

Last Friday, team members from the Department of Neurosurgery gathered over a Zoom call to bid farewell to their friend and colleague, Derrick Sun, M.D. For the past five years, Dr. Sun has been a crucial part of our faculty. He provided patients with complex spine care of the highest standard as a clinician and […]



Dr. Seifi smiles with his SCCM Presidential Citation award

Dr. Seifi Wins Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine

April 27, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to announce that Ali Seifi, MD, FNCS, FCCM, was recently awarded the Presidential Citation by the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Each year, this accolade is given to only a few intensivists from around the world who have made extraordinary contributions of time, energy, and resources to the SCCM. […]



BOOST-3 Study Requests Public Comment and Feedback

April 22, 2021

UT Health San Antonio and University Health System will investigate two treatment strategies for people with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) who are undergoing intensive care. The BOOST-3 study will help determine if monitoring brain oxygen levels and acting on them quickly results in better outcomes for patients with severe TBI. At this time, the […]


UT Health San Antonio Recognized as VHL Clinical Care Center

April 14, 2021

UT Health San Antonio was recently recognized by the VHL Alliance as an official VHL Clinical Care Center. VHL, or Von Hippel-Lindau disease, is a genetic disorder characterized by the development of blood vessel tumors in different parts of the body. These slow-growing tumors can arise in the brain, spinal cord, retinas, and near the […]


Department of Neurosurgery Alumnus Treats Traumatic Brain Injury During Deployment

March 22, 2021

The Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine recently shared this post about Department of Neurosurgery alumnus MAJ Bradley Dengler, MD. The post describes MAJ Dengler’s work leading a surgical team during deployment and highlights his experience treating patients with traumatic brain injury.


PowerPoint Slide of our three new residents.

2021-2022 Residency Applicant Matches

March 19, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce the 2021-2022 Match applicants who will be joining our residency team this July: Molly Farrell, D.O., Daniel Smerin, M.D., and Alexander Villahermosa, M.D. When you get the chance to meet them, please make sure to introduce yourself to these fine physicians and welcome them to our community.