Research

Kristi Dietert Interviewed for UT Health’s Pipette Gazette

July 26, 2021

The Pipette Gazette recently spotlighted Kristi Dietert’s selection as a scholar for the Translational Science Training TL1 Program at UT Health. The article describes the research she has been conducting within the lab of Naomi Sayre, Ph.D., and explores her motivations for pursuing scientific investigation. You can read the full article by clicking on the […]


Research Team Awarded Grant from Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

July 9, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce that Dr. Naomi Sayre, Dr. Viktor Bartanusz, and Dr. Jim Lechleiter have been awarded a research grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting research that advances our understanding of traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) and develops new approaches to alleviate the dysfunction […]


Dr. Ali Seifi smiling for his staff photo.

HiccAway Article Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association

June 29, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is pleased to share the news that a research article examining the efficacy of Dr. Ali Seifi’s HiccAway invention was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Within their study, HiccAway stopped hiccups in nearly 92% of participant cases and was rated favorably when compared with home […]



UT Health Site Recognized as Top Enrolling Site for Boston Scientific Deep Brain Stimulation Registry

June 24, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is excited to share the news that the UT Health site for the Boston Scientific Deep Brain Stimulation Registry was recently recognized as the top enrolling site in the nation. The DBS Registry is a study designed to examine the patient outcomes associated with Boston Scientific’s commercially available VERCISE™ System in […]


Graduate Student Kristi Guerrero smiles for her staff photo.

Kristi Dietert Awarded Grant Position from the Translational Science Training (TST) TL1 Program at UT Health

May 5, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to share the news that research trainee Kristi Dietert was recently awarded a grant position from the Translational Science Training (TST) TL1 Program at UT Health. The goal of this program is to enhance the quality and scope of the doctoral research experience by offering interdisciplinary training and mentorship […]



BOOST-3 Study Requests Public Comment and Feedback

April 22, 2021

UT Health San Antonio and University Health System will investigate two treatment strategies for people with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) who are undergoing intensive care. The BOOST-3 study will help determine if monitoring brain oxygen levels and acting on them quickly results in better outcomes for patients with severe TBI. At this time, the […]


Dr. Caron Co-Authors Intracerebral Hemorrhage Manuscript Derived from 20 Year Research Effort

January 28, 2021

Jean-Louis R. Caron, M.D., FRCS(c), FACS, recently co-authored a manuscript examining intracerebral hemorrhage volume reduction and intervention timing as they relate to functional benefit and patient survival. This manuscript is part of a series of papers published over the last few years involving our department’s intracerebral hemorrhage NIH trials. They are the culmination of a […]


Dr. Ali Seifi smiling for his staff photo.

Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, FNCS, Invents Device to Stop Hiccups

September 11, 2020

Department of Neurosurgery faculty member Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, FNCS, has invented a device to stop hiccups. Dr. Seifi’s device forces users to exert effort to suction water. Negative pressure in the chest pulls down the diaphragm, which activates the phrenic nerve. When water comes into the mouth and swallowing occurs, the vagus nerve is […]



Dr. Justin Robert Mascitelli smiling for his staff photo.

Dr. Mascitelli Co-authors Paper Examining Mechanical Thrombectomy during COVID-19 Pandemic

September 1, 2020

Justin Mascitelli, M.D., recently co-authored an article in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery titled “International experience of mechanical thrombectomy during the COVID-19 pandemic: insights from STAR and ENRG.” Dr. Mascitelli and his co-authors observed a low rate of COVID-19 among stroke patients undergoing mechanical thrombectomy (MT) in low-COVID burden counties. They also reported that more […]



Faculty Members Publish Article Examining Impact of Ruptured Aneurysm Circulation on Mortality

July 31, 2020

Department of Neurosurgery faculty members Justin Mascitelli, M.D., and Ali Seifi, M.D., FACP, FNCS, recently coauthored an article for the Journal of Stoke and Cerebrovascular Diseases titled “Impact of Ruptured Aneurysm Circulation on Mortality: A Nationwide Inpatient Sample Analysis.” The study concluded that mortality following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage is associated with posterior circulation aneurysms and […]