Department of Neurosurgery


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.

Mission Statement

  • To educate and train highly qualified compassionate and knowledgeable neurosurgeons.
  • To provide patients with state of the art neurosurgical care in a setting respectful of their needs.
  • To engage in quality research endeavors that lead to innovative therapies and treatments, which may ultimately translate to improved patient care in the field of neurological surgery.

Featured Stories

Cadaver Lab

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 |  Tuesday Aug 8, 2017 | Share This Item

 residents in cadaver lab

Derrick Sun, MD, recently presented a lecture to our residents in which he discussed clinical cases illustrating different types of upper cervical spine trauma as well as anatomy and radiology relevant to the upper cervical spine.

After Dr. Sun’s lecture, the residents went to the cadaver lab to practice the placement of C2 pedicle screws, C1 lateral mass screws, C1-2 transarticular screws, and occipital plates using anatomical landmarks and fluoroscopic guidance. These procedures are used to stabilize someone with upper cervical trauma or atlanto-occipital dissociation (a condition where severe trauma causes the base of skull to be separated from the top of the cervical spine)

Veronica Cuevas' Story

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 |  Tuesday Aug 1, 2017 | Share This Item

Veronica Cuevas

Veronica Cuevas was at a trampoline park with her friends when she did a back flip and landed on her feet. Immediately, she knew something was wrong.

“I had a sharp pain on the base of my head. I couldn't hear. I couldn't walk to get water or anything. It was the worst pain I felt in my life.”

When the pain persisted, Veronica decided to go to an ER in Corpus Christi. A CT scan revealed that there was blood in her brain. Her doctors determined that she had an aneurysm. Because they were unable to treat her, Veronica was airlifted to UHS. Once she arrived, Lee A. Birnbaum, MD, treated her aneurysm using endovascular coiling. She was then placed under the care of Shaheryar Hafeez, MD, Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, and the neurocritical care team.

“I’m very grateful to them,” Veronica told us. “They are taking good care of me."


Christian's Story

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 |  Friday Jul 21, 2017 | Share This Item


Earlier this year, Christian Patrick Ehrhard suffered a major stroke while getting ready for work in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was rushed to San Antonio, where he underwent an emergency thrombectomy for an occlusion of his internal carotid artery, one of the main vessels supplying blood to his brain. This procedure, in which a microcatheter (a small tube) and a stent was used to remove a clot through accessing the arteries in his brain, was performed at University Hospital, a Comprehensive Stroke Center staffed round-the-clock by a team of UT Medicine Stroke Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, and Neurointensivists. He later underwent a hemicraniectomy in which part of his skull was removed to reduce the pressure placed on his brain due to swelling from the stroke. Christian subsequently returned to the hospital so he could undergo skull replacement surgery.

Last week, during a follow-up appointment, we got a chance to visit with Christian and his family to see how they were doing. Christian’s wife told us that she was pleased with the outcomes of both surgeries.

“Physically, you wouldn't even know he had a stroke,” she told us. “Dr. Grandhi did a great job with the surgery and his continued care.”

Although Christian initially had trouble speaking after his first surgery, speech therapy has improved his communication.

We are pleased to see how far Christian has come and wish him well during his recovery.