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National Stroke Awareness Month 2020 – Coronavirus Concerns

May 27, 2020

In a news release recently published by UT Health, Drs. Lee Birnbaum and Justin Mascitelli explored the potential impact that coronavirus anxiety might be having on hospital stroke admissions.The doctors assured readers that medical personnel at all care levels are equipped with strict infection control protocols, so there is no reason to delay seeking treatment. […]


National Stroke Awareness Month 2020 – STRAC Collaboration

May 20, 2020

For several years, the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery at UT Health have been working with the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) to create an organized stroke care system. One important milestone within that process has been the recent implementation of pre-hospital stroke triage in Bexar County. By evaluating people with certain symptoms and […]


National Stroke Awareness Month 2020 – The Stroke Thrombectomy and Aneurysm Registry

May 18, 2020

We are excited to announce that the UT Health Department of Neurosurgery will be joining a multicenter stroke repository headed by the Medical University of South Carolina. The Stroke Thrombectomy and Aneurysm Registry (STAR) will track the treatment of stroke and aneurysm across the globe with the ultimate goal of enhancing patient outcomes by creating […]


Staff Social Media Series – Pets

May 14, 2020

During these troubling times, the companionship of pets can be a source of great comfort and stress relief. This week, team members from the Department of Neurosurgery expressed appreciation for their furry (and not-so-furry) friends by sharing these photos with us. We hope they make you smile.  



National Stroke Awareness Month 2020 – F.A.S.T.

May 12, 2020

  May is National Stroke Awareness Month, so now is the perfect time to review the common warning signs of stroke so that you’ll be able to act F.A.S.T during an emergency. Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or feel numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the smile uneven? Arm Weakness: […]




Happy Mother’s Day (2020)!

May 10, 2020

To all of our patient families and staff families, we wish you a very happy Mother’s Day! We hope you are able celebrate the special day that you deserve.



Staff Social Media Series – Back to Nature

May 6, 2020

Trying to maintain social distancing guidelines can be difficult. Thankfully, Mother Nature is the one person you can still visit any time of the day! While working from home this week, team members from the Department of Neurosurgery decided to enjoy the outdoors together. If you get a chance to do the same, snap a […]


Dr. Naomi Sayre smiling for her staff photo.

16 Questions with Naomi Sayre, Ph.D.

April 3, 2020

Naomi Sayre, Ph.D., was interviewed for the Pipette Gazette’s Faculty Spotlight article series. Dr. Sayre is an assistant professor of research for the Department of Neurosurgery who is primarily interested in investigating the brain’s ability to recover after stroke or traumatic injury. You can read her interview and watch the accompanying video here.



Residents and faculty stand with Dr. Lawton.

Grand Rounds: Michael T. Lawton, M.D.

February 7, 2020

Michael T. Lawton, M.D., visited the Department of Neurosurgery to speak during grand rounds and provide his guidance regarding faculty and resident case presentations. Dr. Lawton is president and CEO of the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) in Phoenix, Arizona, and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at BNI. He is an internationally recognized neurosurgeon with […]



People standing over cadavers in a lab.

Cadaver Lab

November 27, 2019

In our most recent cadaver lab, residents learned how to perform a minimally invasive spine fusion technique called an XLIF (Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) by NuVasive. The residents are using the ORBEYE, a high definition 3D exoscope that aids surgeons in microsurgical technique.