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Dr. Dewey Thoms smiling in a lab coat next to a banner with his name.

Dewey Thoms, M.D.

September 27, 2018

“I have a strong interest in brain tumors and my research involves designing a new chemotherapy wafer that can be implanted during surgery after a tumor has been resected, particularly Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM). GBMs are very aggressive primary brain tumors which carry a short life expectancy. The wafer delivers the chemo directly to the brain, […]



Dr. Izabela Tarasiewicz giving a presentation at Maggiano’s restaurant.

San Antonio Pediatric Society

September 24, 2018

Izabela Tarasiewicz, M.D., recently stopped by Maggiano’s restaurant to give a presentation to 71 pediatricians and pediatric specialists at the September meeting of the San Antonio Pediatric Society.



Dr. John Floyd and others at work in the cadaver lab.

Cadaver Lab

September 12, 2018

Dr. John Floyd and Dr. Cameron McDougal recently guided cadaver lab attendees through an orbitozygomatic craniotomy. This approach, sometimes referred to simply as an “OZ,” involves the meticulous removal of bone to minimize brain retraction injury and permit access to deeper parts of the brain that can be difficult to reach during surgery. The OZ […]



Jim Brookshier smiling on a promotional image for the Cranial Remolding Program.

Welcome Jim Brookshier, MSPO, CLPO.

September 6, 2018

The Cranial Remolding Program is excited to welcome Jim Brookshier, MSPO, CLPO. Jim is accredited by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics. He led one of the largest cranial remolding clinics in the country and helped develop cranial deformity treatment guidelines that are now considered a standard of care within the […]



Dr. Derek Samples smiling next to a banner with his name.

Derek Samples, M.D.

August 31, 2018

We recently talked with Derek Samples, M.D., to ask him to describe his residency with UT Health Neurosurgery: “I have a strong interest in pediatric neurosurgery. I’ve been working with Dr. Tarasiewicz to get a new project off the ground that involves the design and analysis of a rodent model of tethered cord syndrome. The […]



The Department of Neurosurgery’s laboratory staff standing outside and smiling in front of the colorful Academic Learning and Teaching Center.

Research Laboratory staff

August 20, 2018

Meet UT Health Neurosurgery’s research laboratory staff! The research mission of the Department of Neurosurgery has two goals: first to maintain a rigorous, translational, and impactful research program that investigates different issues relating to neurosurgery and neurology. The second goal of our research mission is to effectively educate and train the next generation of investigators […]



Patient Gustavo Macharro lying in a hospital bed while his wife stands by his side.

Gustavo Macharro’s Story

July 31, 2018

After Gustavo Macharro was found down and unconscious at work, he was immediately brought to University Hospital for advanced neurosurgical and trauma care. He was brought to UHS where he was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and severe TBI and was emergently operated on by Dr. Koebbe and admitted to the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit […]



Dr. Floyd smiling while presenting Dr. Grandhi with his farewell gift.

Farewell Dr. Grandhi

July 23, 2018

The Department of Neurosurgery recently gathered together to wish Ramesh Grandhi, M.D., a fond farewell. All of us at the department would like to thank Dr. Grandhi for his hard work and dedication. We wish him the best of luck moving forward.



Drs. Justin Mascitelli and Cameron McDougall smiling in staff photos.

Welcome New Faculty

July 13, 2018

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to welcome our newest faculty members Justin Mascitelli, M.D., and Cameron McDougall, M.D.



Drs. Michael McGinity, Shane Hawksworth, and Asif Maknojia standing together and smiling. They are standing left to right in order of descending height.

Graduation 2018

July 9, 2018

The Department of Neurosurgery recently celebrated the graduation of this year’s chief residents: Drs. Michael McGinity, Shane Hawksworth, and Asif Maknojia. During their ceremony, we had the opportunity to recognize the hard work they have dedicated to our department during their residency. We would like to wish each of them a wonderful future ahead!