Residents

New residents stand and pose in front of the department office sign.

Resident Orientation 2021

June 23, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to introduce our three new residents (left to right): Alexander Villahermosa, M.D., Molly Farrell, D.O., and Daniel Smerin, M.D. After their recent orientation, these interns are equipped and prepared to begin their neurosurgical education with us on July 1st. All of us look forward to working with them and […]



Team members at a pool party.

Summertime Pool Party 2021

June 15, 2021

Justin Mascitelli, M.D., recently hosted a pool party for team members from the Department of Neurosurgery. Relaxing by the pool with burgers, drinks, and a game of cornhole was a great way to start the summer! The team was also fortunate to be visited by Reade De Leacy, M.D., from the Mount Sinai Department of […]



Residents instruct medical students in suture lab.

Neurosurgery Medical Student Interest Group Suture Lab

June 8, 2021

Residents from the Department of Neurosurgery recently guided medical students through a suture lab. Suturing is a process by which physicians close wounds, repair tissue, and promote healing. Some subjects commonly used for practice during these labs include bananas, oranges, and raw chicken. Suture lab sessions provide medical students with important opportunities to exercise their […]



Department of Neurosurgery Alumnus Treats Traumatic Brain Injury During Deployment

March 22, 2021

The Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine recently shared this post about Department of Neurosurgery alumnus MAJ Bradley Dengler, MD. The post describes MAJ Dengler’s work leading a surgical team during deployment and highlights his experience treating patients with traumatic brain injury.


PowerPoint Slide of our three new residents.

2021-2022 Residency Applicant Matches

March 19, 2021

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud to announce the 2021-2022 Match applicants who will be joining our residency team this July: Molly Farrell, D.O., Daniel Smerin, M.D., and Alexander Villahermosa, M.D. When you get the chance to meet them, please make sure to introduce yourself to these fine physicians and welcome them to our community.



Department of Neurosurgery Team Members Publish Case Report Describing Surgical Management of Dural Arteriovenous Fistula

July 16, 2020

Jean-Louis Caron, M.D., FRCS(c), FACS, Justin Mascitelli, M.D., Tyler Patterson, M.D., Matthew Webb, M.D., and David Wallace, M.D., recently published a case report in World Neurosurgery entitled: “Suboccipital, Supracerebellar, Infratentorial Approach for Microsurgical Clipping of a Ruptured Tentorial, Straight Sinus Type Dural Arteriovenous Fistula.” Because the surgical management of dural arteriovenous fistulas has become relatively […]



Graduation 2020: Celebrating David Wallace, M.D.

June 19, 2020

This Saturday, June 20th, the Department of Neurosurgery will celebrate the graduation of David Wallace, M.D., from our residency program. With his keen insight, hard work, and wonderful sense of humor, Dr. Wallace has made many important contributions to our program that are sure to be long-lasting. Although we are sad to see him go, […]



Residents stand together to pose for a picture for Thank a Resident Day 2020.

Thank a Resident Day (2020)

March 2, 2020

Fourth year medical students from the Gold Humanism Honor Society at UT Health San Antonio celebrated “Thank A Resident Day” this past Friday (February 28, 2020). These medical students traveled to different departments delivering gift bags, doughnuts, snacks, and drinks. They definitely brought a smile to the faces of our hardworking residents!



People standing over cadavers in a lab.

Cadaver Lab

November 27, 2019

In our most recent cadaver lab, residents learned how to perform a minimally invasive spine fusion technique called an XLIF (Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) by NuVasive. The residents are using the ORBEYE, a high definition 3D exoscope that aids surgeons in microsurgical technique.



Participants work in the cadaver lab.

Cadaver Lab

November 4, 2019

Our residents recently explored various surgical approaches to the third ventricle during a cadaver lab. Dr. John Floyd, chairman, highlighted interhemispheric approaches, including transcallosal, transforaminal, and interfornicial nuances. The residents were able to practice these techniques in our lab with cadavers provided by Stryker.