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BOOST-3 Trial Enrolls First Patient

March 23, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery at UT Health San Antonio is at the forefront of combating traumatic brain injury and improving the health of our community in Bexar County and South Texas. In collaboration with many institutions across the nation, we have launched the BOOST-3 trial at our center to investigate treatment strategies for severe traumatic […]



Dr. Seifi Co-Authors New Article about Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

March 22, 2022

Ali Seifi, MD, FNCS, FCCM, served as the principal investigator of a research project describing the nationwide analysis of the association of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH). TC is a cardiomyopathy, usually the result of severe emotional or physical stress, and that is often precipitated by aSAH. The study’s findings were recently […]


2022-2023 MATCH RESULT

Our 2022-2023 Match Results

March 18, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce the 2022-2023 Match applicants who will be joining our residency team this July: Greg Murtha, MD, and Kurt Shaffer, MD. When you get the chance to meet them, please make sure to introduce yourself to these fine physicians and welcome them to our community.



Cristian Gragnaniello, MD, PhD, Co-Authors New Book

March 11, 2022

Congratulations to Cristian Gragnaniello, MD, PhD, who recently co-authored a new book describing the best evidenced-based treatments for cranial pathologies that neurosurgeons encounter in their everyday practice. Print and digital access to Neurosurgical Diseases: An Evidence-Based Approach to Guide Practice is available through his publisher, Thieme, and other distributors, such as Google and Amazon. You […]


Caregiver SOS Podcast Features Alexander Papanastassiou, MD

March 10, 2022

Caregiver SOS, a podcast from the WellMed Charitable Foundation, recently interviewed Alexander Papanastassiou, MD, about his involvement in a landmark surgery utilizing deep brain stimulation as a prospective treatment for mild Alzheimer’s disease. You can listen to the podcast by visiting this link.  


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Dr. Ghamasaee Wins Best Resident Non-Clinical Research Presentation at TANS

March 9, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce that Pegah Ghamasaee, MD, won the award for the Best Resident Non-clinical Research Presentation at this year’s annual meeting of the Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons.



TPR Shares Article about Landmark DBS Surgery for Alzheimer’s Disease.

March 1, 2022

Texas Public Radio recently published an article describing Dr. Papanastassiou’s involvement in a landmark surgery utilizing deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a prospective treatment for mild Alzheimer’s disease. You can read the article and learn more about the surgery by visiting the link below: TPR Article    


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Raghed Mirza Joins Department of Neurosurgery

February 28, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to announce that Raghed Mirza, MBA, M.Sc., has officially joined our team as our new Associate Director of Finance & Administration. Mr. Mirza’s previous experience includes his work as the Director for Budget and Purchasing Services at Columbia Basin College, the Faculty Financial Officer for Mount Royal University, and […]



Article and Surgical Video Published in Operative Neurosurgery

February 25, 2022

Team members from the Department of Neurosurgery have published an article and surgical video in Operative Neurosurgery describing a far lateral craniotomy and clip ligation of a ruptured high cervical/foramen magnum dural arteriovenous fistula. The residents and faculty member who authored the article were: Samon Tavakoli, MD, Matthew Webb, MD, Thomas Patterson, MD, William Johnson, […]


Fassil B. Mesfin, MD, PhD, Signs with Department of Neurosurgery

February 24, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to announce that Fassil B. Mesfin, MD, PhD, has officially signed with us to join our faculty. Dr. Mesfin received his medical degree and doctoral degree in drug design and discovery from Albany Medical College. He completed a fellowship in neurological oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson […]