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Dr. Ali Seifi posing for his staff photo.

Texas chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)

February 4, 2019

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to announce that Dr. Seifi was recently elected by the members of the Texas chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) to fill the at-large seat on their board of directors. The SCCM is the largest non-profit medical organization dedicated to promoting excellence and consistency in the […]



The Neurocritical Care Team posing for a holiday photo with big smiles and funny hats.

Thank you!

January 7, 2019

The Department of Neurosurgery would like to recognize the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff that worked so hard taking care of patients in the Neuro ICU over the holidays.



Drs. Van Horne and Papanastasiou standing in front of the Department of Neurosurgery doors.

Craig G van Horne, M.D., Ph.D.

December 18, 2018

Last Friday, the Department of Neurosurgery was visited by Craig G van Horne, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Kentucky. During grand rounds, Dr. Horne discussed a neurosurgical approach to the delivery of cell therapies for disease modification in Parkinson’s disease. We thank Dr. Horne for taking the time to see us and share his […]



Dr. Derek Samples standing in front of his research poster and smiling.

46th Annual Meeting of the AANS/CNS

December 10, 2018

Izabela Tarasiewicz, M.D., and Derek C. Samples, M.D., recently attended the section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery in Nashville. They presented a poster describing the role of follow-up CT scans in the management of traumatic pediatric epidural hematomas.



Nurse Practitioner Sherman Wieneke smiling in the Department of Neurosurgery conference room.

Welcome, Sherman Wieneke MSN, AGNP-C.

December 6, 2018

The Department of Neurosurgery would like to welcome Sherman Wieneke MSN, AGNP-C. Sherman achieved his masters in nursing from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is certified as an adult-geriatric nurse practitioner by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Sherman has a background in emergency medicine as well as primary care. He has […]



An array of festive holiday items sprawling across a tabletop in the Department of Neurosurgery.

Happy Holidays

December 1, 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays around the office!



Screenshot of Dr. Robert Mascitelli sitting and answering questions for his interview with KLRN.

SciTech Now

November 16, 2018

Justin Robert Mascitelli, M.D., was recently interviewed for the KLRN show “SciTech Now.” During his segment, Dr. Mascitelli demonstrated how “Rapid Stroke” technology enables physicians to receive and review patient imaging directly on their cell phones. Having immediate access to that kind of critical information can make all the difference in an emergency, especially when […]



Dr. Ali Seifi is posed with three other individuals who are dressed up for a Halloween party.

UHS Halloween

October 31, 2018

To celebrate Halloween, UHS hosted a party for patients and staff. Many of our neurocritical care team members attended along with Michael Roussos and Jason Morrow, MD, PhD.



Resident surgeons standing in scrubs and practicing techniques in the anatomy lab.

Fundamentals of Spinal Deformity Surgery

October 26, 2018

Derrick Sun, M.D., recently met with our residents to review the fundamentals of spinal deformity surgery and discuss how those principles apply to patient care. Afterward, the residents gathered at our anatomy lab to practice some of the techniques used to correct spinal deformities. The resident surgeons practiced placing traditional iliac screws and sacral-2-alar-iliac (S2AI) […]



Neuro and trauma nurses sitting down and listening to a presentation.

Emergency Neurologic Life Support Class

October 4, 2018

Dr. Hafeez, Dr. Seifi, and Denise Rios, ACNP, conducted a full day emergency neurologic life support (ENLS) class for the neuro and trauma ICU nurses at University Hospital. This comprehensive certification course, offered by the Neurocritical Care Society, is designed to ensure that every member of a hospital’s multi-professional team is equipped to manage acute […]