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Graduate Student Spotlight: Kristi Guerrero

Graduate Student Kristi Guerrero peers into a microscope.

Kristi Guerrero is a graduate student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program at UT Health San Antonio in the lab of Dr. Naomi Sayre. Double-majoring in chemistry and molecular biology, she graduated cum laude from Texas Lutheran University. Before beginning her graduate studies, she spent time doing laboratory research in both industry and academia. Now, […]

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Resident Training

Resident students in scrubs and coats watching a pair of monitors while Dr. Josh Beckman teaches.

Dr. Josh Beckman, who is an adjunct clinical assistant professor at SAMMC, was invited to teach our residents on the techniques of performing eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF). XLIF is a minimally invasive way of performing lumbar fusion surgery for various conditions affecting the spine including degenerative, traumatic, infectious or neoplastic conditions. It involves approaching […]

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Passport 2018

Dr. Ali Seifi and Dr. Robert Hromas flank William Chase Johnson as he holds his UT Health San Antonio Dean's Research award for his research project.

Under the mentorship of Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, William Chase Johnson, MS3, received The UT Health San Antonio Dean’s Research Award. For his project: “Reevaluating the Weekend Effect on SAH: A Nationwide Analysis of the Association Between Mortality and Weekend Admission.”

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Ashlyn’s Story

Dr. Izabela Tarasiewicz and Ashlyn smiling during and clinic visit while they both throw peace signs at the camera.

Earlier this year, Ashlyn Rivera got into an accident that was so severe she had to be airlifted from her home in Laredo to UHS, where she was rushed into surgery. During her stay, Izabela Tarasiewicz, M.D., and the team at the Department of Neurosurgery performed four major life-saving surgeries. Ashlyn stayed in the pediatric […]

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Alan Cirlin’s story

Alan Cirlin sitting in a chair and smiling with his hands interlaced.

Alan Cirlin suffered from severe Parkinson’s disease for many years. He couldn’t do simple things like cooking and getting himself dressed. It got to be so bad that he was confined to a wheelchair. “I kept falling over,” he said. “I was like a kid.” Alan started attending a Parkinson’s Support group. It was there […]

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Stryker Neurovascular Atlas Stent.

Stent diagram. It looks like a serpentine curve of wired mesh.

Dr. Ramesh Grandhi from UT Health Neurosurgery San Antonio was the first physician in San Antonio/Central Texas, and one of the first in the country, to use the @StrykerNV Atlas Stent. The Atlas Stent can be delivered through a smaller catheter which makes it able to access smaller vessels in difficult areas of the brain. […]

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Nicki’s Story

Dr. Izabela Tarasiewicz and Nicki sitting in clinic and smiling.

Nicki’s family told us that they originally brought her into the emergency room because she was “getting fevers that she couldn’t shake.” After they found out she had a serious left-sided intracranial abscess, Nicki was rushed into surgery. Izabela Tarasiewicz, M.D., performed a hemicraniectomy and Ramesh Grandhi, M.D., placed a pipeline. She also had multiple […]

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Best Resident Presentation TANS 2018

Dr. John Floyd standing next to Dr. David Wallace while he holds a rectangular award made out of what appears to be glass.

David Wallace, MD was awardedat the Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons 2018 Annual Meeting held in Houston, Texas this year. His paper co-authored with Interim Chairman John Floyd, MD and Chief Resident Michael McGinity, MD proposes a novel method and results to manage surgical site infections after brain tumor surgery. This method aims to expedite […]

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Cadaver Lab

Two people dressed in scrubs lean over the blurred out image of a cadaver in the cadaver lab.

Recently, as part of the department’s residency education, our doctors trained in the cadaver lab. Some of their training included practice sessions for neurocranial and skull-based surgery. These sessions provide valuable opportunities for the residents to hone their surgical skills before applying them in the operating room.

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TANS 2018

A collection of faculty and residents from the Department of Neurosurgery standing in front of ballroom at the 2018 TANS meeting.

Some of our faculty and residents recently attended the Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons (TANS) 2018 meeting.

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