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Department of Neurosurgery Team Members Publish Case Report Describing Surgical Management of Dural Arteriovenous Fistula

July 16, 2020

Jean-Louis Caron, M.D., FRCS(c), FACS, Justin Mascitelli, M.D., Tyler Patterson, M.D., Matthew Webb, M.D., and David Wallace, M.D., recently published a case report in World Neurosurgery entitled: “Suboccipital, Supracerebellar, Infratentorial Approach for Microsurgical Clipping of a Ruptured Tentorial, Straight Sinus Type Dural Arteriovenous Fistula.” Because the surgical management of dural arteriovenous fistulas has become relatively […]


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Dr. Birnbaum Publishes New Paper Examining Prehospital EMS Scales

July 8, 2020

Lee Birnbaum, M.D., recently published an article in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery entitled: “Paramedic utilization of Vision, Aphasia, Neglect (VAN) stroke severity scale in the prehospital setting predicts emergent large vessel occlusion stroke.” The study’s findings reinforce published evidence demonstrating that prehospital EMS scales, such as VAN, can be successfully incorporated into complex stroke care […]



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Dr. Burma Publishes New Paper Exploring Specificity of Action by Resection Enzymes

July 2, 2020

Sandeep Burma, Ph.D., recently published a paper in Nature Communications in collaboration with Patrick Sung, DPhil, from the Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology. Their paper explores the specificity of action by resection enzymes to correct DNA double-strand breaks. The knowledge gained from this study could one day help improve the efficacy of cancer treatments. […]



We Can Stop the Spread Kickoff

June 26, 2020

UT Health is committed to ensuring the welfare of our staff and patients. Please join us in helping to slow the surge in COVID-19 cases in our community. Together, we can stop the spread. #wecanstopthespread


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Dr. Seifi Co-Authors First Article Reporting a National Incidence for Brain Death in the U.S.

June 25, 2020

Ali Seifi, M.D., FACP, recently co-authored an article providing a detailed epidemiological analysis of brain death in the United States. This article marks the first time ever that a national incidence for brain death has been reported for the U.S. The article is open access, so you can read the entire piece by clicking on […]




Father’s Day 2020

June 21, 2020

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and father figures who illustrate what it means to love their families. We wish you a wonderful weekend filled with lasting memories.




Graduation 2020: Celebrating David Wallace, M.D.

June 19, 2020

This Saturday, June 20th, the Department of Neurosurgery will celebrate the graduation of David Wallace, M.D., from our residency program. With his keen insight, hard work, and wonderful sense of humor, Dr. Wallace has made many important contributions to our program that are sure to be long-lasting. Although we are sad to see him go, […]



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Dr. Hafeez Appointed Director of Quality and Improvement for the Neuroscience ICU

June 15, 2020

The Department of Neurosurgery is pleased to announce the appointment of Shaheryar Hafeez, M.D., to the position of Director of Quality and Improvement for the Neuroscience ICU. Dr. Hafeez will serve as the liaison between UHS and UT Neurosurgery in an effort to optimize the education and training of staff members and elevate the quality and […]



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Dr. Seifi Co-Authors First Peer-Reviewed Article about Coronavirus Fears and Stroke

June 11, 2020

Ali Seifi, M.D., FACP, recently co-authored an article exploring why fewer people seem to be seeking medical attention for stroke and other acute coronary conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Seifi’s work is the first peer-reviewed article that has ever been published on this topic. It is open access, so you can read the entire […]



Distinction in Research Awarded to Michael Bounajem and Sheetal Hegde

June 8, 2020

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to recognize two students who recently received medical degrees conferring a Distinction in Research: Michael Bounajem and Sheetal Hegde. Michael was mentored by Izabela Tarasiewicz, M.D., and his project was entitled: “Clinical Course and Management of Pediatric Epidural Hematomas.” Sheetal’s mentor was Naomi Sayre, Ph.D., and her project was […]