Research

Cerise Cisneros and Nicole Wisniewski smile together in a photo.

Welcome, Cerise Cisneros and Nicole Wisniewski!

August 23, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery is happy to announce that Cerise Cisneros and Nicole Wisniewski have joined our research team. Cerise (right) and Nicole (left) are research assistants who will work on clinical trials and registries. Cerise is a 2021 graduate of St. Mary’s University. Nicole is a 2022 graduate of the University of Notre Dame.



Research team members smile together in a photo

Department Unveils New Study Evaluating CerebroFlo® EVD Catheter

August 19, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery is rolling out a new nationwide study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the CerebroFlo® EVD catheter during the treatment of intraventricular hemorrhage. Ali Seifi, MD, FNCS, FCCM, is serving as the study’s principal investigator. Our research team members recently enrolled their first and second subjects. They are hoping to […]



New Article Published in Journal of Clinical Neuroscience

August 3, 2022

Faculty and residents from the Department of Neurosurgery recently published an article in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience demonstrating that most ruptured aneurysms are small and have low rupture risk scores. The article’s co-authors include Lee Birnbaum, MD, Justin Mascitelli, MD, Pavel Rodriguez, MD, Victoria Fischer, MD, and Matthew Webb, MD. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35878541/


Dr. Burma Interviewed about Research Concerning Glioblastoma and Senolytic Drugs

June 30, 2022

Ivanhoe Broadcast News recently published a story about the difficulties physicians face when treating glioblastoma. They interviewed Sandeep Burma, PhD, to learn more about the research his team is doing concerning the use of senolytic drugs to prevent the premature aging of healthy brain cells caused by radiation therapy. You can read the story and […]


Dr. Burma Interviewed about Research Involving Space Radiation and Glioblastoma

June 28, 2022

Sandeep Burma, PhD, was interviewed by Ivanhoe Broadcast News to discuss the research his team is conducting at UT Health concerning the role space radiation might play in the development of cancer, specifically glioblastoma, among astronauts. You can watch Dr. Burma’s interview and read the accompanying story by visiting the link below. The Effects of […]


SUCCESS Study Update – Enrollment of Our First Subject

May 2, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce that our team members have enrolled their first subject in the SUCCESS study for aneurysm treatment. Congratulations to Justin Mascitelli, MD, Esther Nañez, BS, RN, and Megan Jackson, BSN, RN, on all their hard work organizing this milestone achievement!


Dr. Seifi Publishes Research Project Examining ICH in the U.S.

April 1, 2022

Ali Seifi, MD, FNCS, FCCM, served as the principal investigator of a research project evaluating the locations of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) among patients in the United States. The study’s findings were recently published in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences and are available at this link.    


Boost-3 teams smiling for photo.

BOOST-3 Trial Enrolls First Patient

March 23, 2022

The Department of Neurosurgery at UT Health San Antonio is at the forefront of combating traumatic brain injury and improving the health of our community in Bexar County and South Texas. In collaboration with many institutions across the nation, we have launched the BOOST-3 trial at our center to investigate treatment strategies for severe traumatic […]



Dr. Seifi Co-Authors New Article about Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

March 22, 2022

Ali Seifi, MD, FNCS, FCCM, served as the principal investigator of a research project describing the nationwide analysis of the association of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH). TC is a cardiomyopathy, usually the result of severe emotional or physical stress, and that is often precipitated by aSAH. The study’s findings were recently […]


Caregiver SOS Podcast Features Alexander Papanastassiou, MD

March 10, 2022

Caregiver SOS, a podcast from the WellMed Charitable Foundation, recently interviewed Alexander Papanastassiou, MD, about his involvement in a landmark surgery utilizing deep brain stimulation as a prospective treatment for mild Alzheimer’s disease. You can listen to the podcast by visiting this link.