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Our very own Drs. Seifi, Grandhi, and McGinty were co-authors for this recently published article.
We are very excited to announce that John Robert Floyd II, M.D., has been appointed to the position of chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.
Dr. Floyd is an associate professor in our department who is fellowship-trained in skull base surgery and neurosurgical oncology. Since 2016, he has provided his leadership and guidance to the department as interim chair.
We congratulate Dr. Floyd on his appointment and look forward to helping him realize his vision for the future of our department. For more information please visit: neurosurgery.uthscsa.edu/category/news/
Kristi Guerrero is a graduate student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program at UT Health San Antonio in the lab of Dr. Naomi Sayre. Double-majoring in chemistry and molecular biology, she graduated cum laude from Texas Lutheran University. Before beginning her graduate studies, she spent time doing laboratory research in both industry and academia. Now, she is interested in how lipid metabolism and injury to the brain contribute to the pathology of neurodegenerative disease.
We recently caught up with resident graduate Colin Son, MD, who has been hard at work as a neuroendovascular surgery fellow at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Son told us about some of the work he is doing. “I'm in the angiosuite most days with our scheduled cases except for Wednesday, which is a full clinic day. In addition to the scheduled angiograms and aneurysm embolizations and stents, there are plenty of emergency cases, including strokes and ruptured aneurysms.” Dr. Son also told us about how his residency at UT Health San Antonio Neurosurgery benefited him. “The clinical volume and breadth of practice environments I got to see were great. It has set me up well for my future practice.” To read his full story please visit: https://neurosurgery.uthscsa.edu/…/reside…/alumni/colin-son/
Congratulations to Sadiya Ahmad who was selected as the 2018 Presidential Ambassador Scholar for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences!
Sadiya Ahmad has been selected as the 2018 Presidential Ambassador Scholar for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
"Sadiya was chosen because of her out...standing scholarly accomplishments and leadership," said Dr. Renee Yew, director of the Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Medicine (CGM) Discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program. "We are extremely proud to have Sadiya representing CGM, the GSBS, and our university."
Dr. Josh Beckman, who is an adjunct clinical assistant professor at SAMMC, was invited to teach our residents on the techniques of performing eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF). XLIF is a minimally invasive way of performing lumbar fusion surgery for various conditions affecting the spine including degenerative, traumatic, infectious or neoplastic conditions. It involves approaching the lumbar spine from a lateral, retroperitoneal position, rather than the traditional me...thod of going from posterior. This allows the surgeon to achieve a higher rate of fusion while minimizing the amount of muscle dissection needed, and thus potentially shorten the recovery time for patients.
Dr. Beckman, presented a lecture to the residents, describing the key components of this technique, including his tips, tricks, pitfalls, and complication avoidance tactics. The lecture was followed by an animated discussion on the indications and patient selection for this procedure, and how it compares to other more traditional surgical procedures.
The residents then each performed the procedure on cadavers, using the actual instruments one may use during the surgery. Drs. Sun and Beckman, guided the residents through these procedures, step by step with fluoroscopy guidance, just as the actual surgery is performed. The residents gained a thorough understanding of this procedure.
Under the mentorship of Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, William Chase Johnson, MS3, received The UT Health San Antonio Dean's Research Award.
For his project: "Reevaluating the Weekend Effect on SAH: A Nationwide Analysis of the Association Between Mortality and Weekend Admission."
Earlier this year, Ashlyn Rivera got into an accident that was so severe she had to be airlifted from her home in Laredo to UHS, where she was rushed into surgery. During her stay, Izabela Tarasiewicz, M.D., and the team at the Department of Neurosurgery performed four major life-saving surgeries. Ashlyn stayed in the pediatric ICU for months under the supervision of the pediatric neurocritical care team. Her mother talked to us about what that like:
"They told us that we wer...e very close to her brain shutting down completely and losing her. In the ICU I never left her side. This experience was life-changing for me." Dr. Tarasiewicz told us that Ashlyn's recovery was "truly miraculous."
We got to speak with Ashlyn during a recent follow-up and she is very enthusiastic about her progress. "I can do a lot on my own: Run, get food and water for myself, wash the dishes. I'm able to text again. I was even able to go to a concert. I am hoping to play soccer again soon too."
Alan Cirlin suffered from severe Parkinson's disease for many years. He couldn't do simple things like cooking and getting himself dressed. It got to be so bad that he was confined to a wheelchair. "I kept falling over,” he said. “I was like a kid." Alan started attending a Parkinson's Support group. It was there that he learned about a procedure for which he was a good candidate. Soon after, he met with Alexander M. Papanastassiou, M.D. A few months later, Dr. Papanastassiou... performed that procedure. Alan shared what he was feeling before surgery: "I was very nervous that there could be complications or damage. But there was no damage to speak of."
Alan told us that he was pleased with the outcome: "I am so happy with the results. It's like I got five or six years back in my life. To live this was incredible. I am so happy with the surgery. It is as close to a miracle that I could ever experience."
The laboratory of Dr. Naomi Sayre is interested in the processes that affect repair and recovery after brain damage, with particular emphasis on the role that cholesterol homeostasis plays in these processes. Our research focuses on understanding how cholesterol homeostasis affects two cell types-astrocytes and neural stem cells.
Dr. Ramesh Grandhi from UT Health Neurosurgery San Antonio was the first physician in San Antonio/Central Texas, and one of the first in the country, to use the @StrykerNV Atlas Stent. The Atlas Stent can be delivered through a smaller catheter which makes it able to access smaller vessels in difficult areas of the brain. This unique stent represents the latest in intracranial stenting technology for intracranial aneurysms, with an advanced ability to conform to the vessel.
Nicki's family told us that they originally brought her into the emergency room because she was "getting fevers that she couldn't shake." After they found out she had a serious left-sided intracranial abscess, Nicki was rushed into surgery. Izabela Tarasiewicz, M.D., performed a hemicraniectomy and Ramesh Grandhi, M.D., placed a pipeline. The pipeline was for the life-threatening ruptured aneurysm she developed due to her difficult to treat abscesses. She had multiple abscess... drainage procedures because of a medically refractory infection. During her follow-up, Nicki's father explained to us that Nicki is slowly becoming herself again.
"She is working on being Nikki again. We are pleased with the progress. We are so glad that she is with us. The doctors have been great. Getting to knowing them, we learned that they are very caring. Nicki is recovering well and is able to walk and her speech is returning."
Nicki's father gave us advice for parents going through a similar situation: "Keep your head up. Have faith in the doctors and the technology. She was a rare case, but the doctors and nurses never gave up."