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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 […]


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 […]


Staff members gather together over a Zoom call to wish Dr. Sun farewell.

Farewell Gathering for Dr. Derrick Sun

May 3, 2021

Last Friday, team members from the Department of Neurosurgery gathered over a Zoom call to bid farewell to their friend and colleague, Derrick Sun, M.D. For the past five years, Dr. Sun has been a crucial part of our faculty. He provided patients with complex spine care of the highest standard as a clinician and […]



Ashleigh Johns poses for a photo in a white labcoat

Welcome, Ashleigh Johns!

July 27, 2020

The Department of Neurosurgery is pleased to announce that Ashleigh Johns, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, has joined our neurocritical care team as a nurse practitioner. Ms. Johns attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Texas […]



Drs. Mascitelli and Morton Win 2020 Faculty Teaching Awards

July 22, 2020

The Department of Neurosurgery is pleased to announce that Justin Mascitelli, M.D., and Ryan Morton, M.D., have won the 2020 Teaching Awards for core faculty and adjunct faculty, respectively. These accolades are awarded by the residents of our department in recognition of an outstanding level of distinction in teaching as well as a true commitment […]



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, […]



The neurocritical care team smiling for a group photo while they learn how to place invasive central lines.

Invasive Central Line Placement Class

October 13, 2017

Our neurocritical care team recently attended their first invasive central line placement class, hosted by Arrow, International, Inc.



Patient Bradley wearing a cranial remolding helmet and smiling.

Bradley’s Story

January 6, 2017

When Bradley was a month old, he was diagnosed with sagittal craniosynostosis. His mother, Laura, was told to contact the pediatric neurosurgery clinic at UHS. Once she and her son arrived at the clinic, they met Izabela Tarasiewicz, MD, and Erica Salazar, RN, MSN, FNB-BC. “We loved them immediately,” Laura told us. “They were so […]



Rocky Buchanan standing with Dr. Sun and a neurosurgery resident, smiling during a clinic visit.

Rocky Buchanan’s Story

December 22, 2016

Earlier this year, Rocky Buchanan was in an 18-wheeler accident that left him with an unstable upper cervical spine fracture and spinal cord injury. He was airlifted to UHS and taken to the Neuro ICU, where our neurocritical care team helped stabilize him. Rocky’s lung function was extremely tenuous, which complicated his case, but Derrick […]