Research

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.  


TPR Shares Article about Landmark DBS Surgery for Alzheimer’s Disease.

March 1, 2022

Texas Public Radio recently published an article describing Dr. Papanastassiou’s involvement in a landmark surgery utilizing deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a prospective treatment for mild Alzheimer’s disease. You can read the article and learn more about the surgery by visiting the link below: TPR Article    


Alexander Papanastassiou, M.D., Interviewed for KSAT’s Morning Show, GMSA @9

February 22, 2022

Alexander Papanastassiou, M.D., was recently interviewed on KSAT’s morning show, GMSA @ 9, where he discussed his team’s landmark surgery utilizing deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a prospective treatment for mild Alzheimer’s disease. You can watch the interview by visiting this link.  


Alexander Papanastassiou, M.D., Co-Authors Study Examining Effects of VNS Therapy on Cerebral Blood Flow

February 17, 2022

Alexander Papanastassiou, M.D., recently co-authored a study comparing cerebral blood flow changes in baboons with epilepsy who were treated with different frequencies of vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy. VNS involves the use of a device (that is often surgically implanted) to stimulate the vagus nerve with electrical impulses. Because many individuals who suffer from epilepsy […]


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:


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 […]