The Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) is dedicated to providing compassionate, skilled and state of the art medical care. As a nationally recognized medical center, we continue to experience unprecedented growth and expansion in both the clinical and academic arenas. Our primary mission is to provide helpful and considerate patient care. We also aim to educate and produce highly qualified, ethical and caring future neurosurgeons. Additionally, we strive to advance the field of neurosciences by performing outstanding research.
| Wednesday Oct 26, 2016 |
Today we visited with Coco Dilley, whose husband is currently in the ICU after he was rear-ended in a hit-and-run accident. First responders removed Coco’s husband from his car and rushed him to UHS, where he underwent cervical spinal fusion surgery. Dr. Ramesh Grandhi performed the spinal fusion surgery and Dr. Hafeez was the ICU attending.
“The next surgery went on for hours,” Coco told us. “We were very worried to not know what was happening.” Although this has been a stressful time for her, Coco said she that is thankful for the quality of care UHS has provided. “I have never been here before, but I am very impressed with the staff. The ICU nurses were amazing.” Coco added that she is forever grateful to Drs. Hafeez and Grandi for their kindness and expertise. Because of their intervention, her husband is on the road to recovery.Jesus Flores' Story
| Thursday Oct 20, 2016 |
Just over a month ago, Jesus Flores had a brain aneurysm at work and passed out. Shortly thereafter, he made an appointment with Dr. Ramesh Grandhi to discuss his case. Because his aneurysm was too large for endovascular coiling treatment, the decision was made to “clip” the aneurysm in order to isolate it from normal blood circulation. Two weeks after surgery, Jesus reports that he is doing well and feeling better every day. Finding out that heredity might have played a role in the development of his aneurysm surprised Jesus. “Many of my family members had aneurysms,” he told us. “I didn’t know aneurysms were genetic. If I had, I would have taken extra precautions.” Jesus advises others to take a closer look at their family history and consult a physician to determine if they might be at risk for having an aneurysm. For more information, visit our department’s brain aneurysm page.Haiti Mission Trip 2016
| Tuesday Oct 18, 2016 |
In partnership with Healing International Medical Mission (HIMM), Izabela Tarasiewicz, MD, and Derek C. Samples, MD, recently traveled to Haiti to provide medical services to the community of Ouanaminthe. The Department of Neurosurgery’s goal in participating in this annual mission trip is to improve the city’s medical facilities and ultimately establish a significant pediatric neurosurgical practice in that region. This year we preformed 45 surgeries and conducted several consultations for future treatments.
We are thankful for the opportunity to serve the people of Haiti and look forward to next year’s mission trip.