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Alexander Papanastassiou, M.D., Interviewed For Daily Dive Podcast

February 16, 2022

Alexander Papanastassiou, M.D., was interviewed for an episode of the Daily Dive podcast on the iHeartRadio platform where he discussed his team’s recent landmark surgery utilizing deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a prospective treatment for mild Alzheimer’s disease. You can listen to the podcast episode by visiting the link below:


UT Health San Antonio Newsroom Publishes Article about Wide-Neck Aneurysm Treatment Studies

February 15, 2022

Justin Mascitelli, M.D., was recently interviewed for an article released online by the UT Health San Antonio Newsroom. He was asked about the multicenter studies he co-authored comparing endovascular therapy and microsurgery treatments for wide-neck aneurysms. You can read the article and learn more about those studies and their findings by visiting the link below. […]



Alexander Papanastassiou, MD, Interviewed for DBS Study

February 10, 2022

Alexander Papanastassiou, MD, was recently interviewed by KENS 5 Eyewitness News about a new study evaluating the effectiveness of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. You can watch the video and read the accompanying article by visiting this link.



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Fadi Al-Saiegh, MD, Joins Department

February 9, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery is thrilled to announce that Fadi Al-Saiegh, MD, will joining our team in August as a dual-trained vascular neurosurgeon. Dr. Al-Saiegh comes to us from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently an enfolded Endovascular & Cerebrovascular fellow who is scheduled to complete his CAST-accredited Endovascular Neurosurgery fellowship […]



First South Texas DBS Surgery for Alzheimer’s Performed by Alexander Papanastassiou, MD

February 4, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to share the news that Alexander Papanastassiou, MD, performed surgery on the first patient in South Texas to be part of a new study evaluating the effectiveness of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. You can read more about this surgery and the study’s […]



Justin Mascitelli, M.D., Publishes New Textbook

February 1, 2022

Congratulations to Justin Mascitelli, M.D., on the publication of his textbook: “Introduction to Vascular Neurosurgery.” Dr. Mascitelli has been working on this comprehensive summary of neurovascular disease and management for several years as a co-editor. With the collected expertise of its many contributors, the textbook will serve as a trusted resource for medical students, residents, […]




Dr. Seifi Scheduled to Appear on ABC’s Hit Show ‘Shark Tank’

January 18, 2022

We are excited to share the news that Ali Seifi, M.D., FNCS, FCCM, will be pitching his HiccAway invention on the hit ABC network television series ‘Shark Tank’ this Friday, January 21, at 7 p.m. CT. HiccAway is a patented, novel medical device that safely and easily relieves hiccups. It was also the subject of […]




Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery Publishes Review about Relationship Between Intracerebral Hemorrhage Patients Outcomes and Pharmacologic Thromboprophylaxis

December 31, 2021

Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery recently published a comprehensive literature review and meta-analysis mentored by Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, FNCS, FCCM, in collaboration with Harvard School of Medicine. The study was designed to compare the clinical outcomes of intracerebral hemorrhage patients with and without pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis. You can learn more about the study’s findings by visiting […]




Justin Mascitelli, M.D., Chosen as a Star Educator by Academy of Educational Scholars

December 30, 2021

We are proud to announce that Justin Mascitelli, M.D., has been chosen as a Star Educator by the UT Health Academy of Educational Scholars (AES). The AES was created to recognize faculty members who make a difference in education and celebrate their accomplishments. Star Educators are nominated by their learners because of the tremendous impact […]




Izabela Tarasiewicz, M.D., Interviewed for Salute Magazine Regarding Craniofacial Clinic

December 29, 2021

Salute, the official magazine of the UT Health School of Dentistry, recently published a story describing the impact the Craniofacial Clinic had on pediatric patient Alessia Gonzalez and her family. Izabela Tarasiewicz, M.D., FRCSC, was interviewed about her involvement in Alessia’s case. She described the surgical interventions and planning she performed throughout the course of […]