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Victoria Fischer

IIMS/CTSA Accepts Pilot Project Proposal from Victoria Fischer, MD

March 23, 2023

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce that Victoria Fischer, MD, has had her pilot project proposal accepted for support by the UT Health San Antonio Institute for Integration of Medicine & Science / Clinical & Translational Science Award (IIMS/CTSA). The project will explore the mechanism underlying the efficacy of sympathetic ganglion block on […]



Welcome photo with new interns

Department of Neurosurgery Announces 2023 – 2024 Interns

March 17, 2023

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce the names of the new interns who will be joining our residency program: Aylin Padir, MD, and Christian Kaculini, MD. Dr. Padir comes to us from SUNY Medical University and Dr. Kaculini is a graduate of UT Health San Antonio. We welcome these new interns to our […]



Staff members smile for group photo celebrating thank a resident day.

Thank a Resident Day 2023

February 24, 2023

Team members from the Department of Neurosurgery’s Neuro ICU celebrated Thank a Resident Day by gathering for this group photo. Thank a Resident Day was instituted by the Gold Humanism Honor Society to recognize resident physicians and their contributions to healthcare. We are grateful to all our residents for their dedication and hard work. Thank […]



UT Health Launches Synergy Initiative to Advance Research Projects

February 23, 2023

The UT Health San Antonio Office of Technology Commercialization and the Office of the Vice President of Research recently launched Synergy, a funding initiative designed to assist promising early stage applied research that has a high chance of impacting the life sciences and patient healthcare. It intends to reward intra-institutional collaboration between disciplines at UTHSA that […]


CNS Endovascular Fellowship Now Available

February 22, 2023

The Department of Neurosurgery is offering a new CNS Endovascular Fellowship. Interested applicants can use the link below to submit inquiries and documents for consideration. Prospective candidates should make sure to submit a cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, and a case log for 1-year applicants. CNS Endovascular Fellowship



Dr. Seifi and HiccAway Featured in San Antonio Express-News Article

February 17, 2023

Ali Seifi, MD, FNCS, FCCM, and his HiccAway invention were recently the subject of an article published by the San Antonio Express-News. UT Health is expected to test HiccAway’s efficacy controlling hiccups in a new randomized trial comparing it against a nationwide control group. You can read the article and learn more about the development […]



Welcome, Jordan Mohammed!

February 16, 2023

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to welcome Jordan Mohammed to our team. Jordan is an advanced practice provider who recently joined our night shift faculty for Neurocritical Care. We hope that you will greet Jordan when you get the chance to meet him and help him feel welcomed to our department!



Dr. Papanastassiou to Present at Texas Pediatric Neuroscience Network Conference.

February 15, 2023

Next month, Alexander Papanastassiou, MD, will present at the Texas Pediatric Neuroscience Network Conference. He is scheduled to speak Sunday, March 5th (Session Three), regarding open loop deep brain stimulation for movement disorders and epilepsy. You can learn more about the event and register for it online using this link.




Department of Neurosurgery Makes Preparations for 2023 Sub-Internship

February 15, 2023

The Department of Neurosurgery encourages interested medical students to come spend a month with us through our sub-internship. Learn the fundamentals that will form the foundation of your surgical skills. Registration is expected to open April 15th. Visit the link below to register. Our course is NRSR 4010. http://www.aamc.org/vsas  



Dr. Smerin poses for his photo.

Dr. Smerin Wins Natus Resident/ Fellow Award for Neurotrauma

January 30, 2023

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Smerin on his recent reception of the Natus Resident/ Fellow Award for Neurotrauma! In April, Dr. Smerin will present his winning abstract at the 2023 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles. You can read his abstract by visiting this link.