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

Oralia Garza's Story

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 |  Friday Jun 16, 2017 | Share This Item


“From the moment we met Dr. Grandhi, we knew he was great,” Oralia told us. “He was one of the best doctors I’ve ever had. He was very helpful. He did everything well and explained each procedure that he performed.”

Oralia underwent a cerebral angiogram and subsequently was taken to the operating room where her ruptured aneurysm was clipped. She remained in the NeuroICU at University Hospital, initially under the care of Dr. Shaheryar Hafeez, where she experienced what she described as “the best care” she ever had.

“He spent so much time with me and made sure everything was ok. Our family loves him.”


Joyce Ellis' Story

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 |  Tuesday Jun 13, 2017 | Share This Item


Joyce Ellis suffered from severe back pain for eight years. As time progressed, her pain grew more intense. When it finally became too difficult to perform daily tasks, she decided to set up an appointment with Alexander M. Papanastassiou, MD, who diagnosed her with lumbar spinal stenosis and recommended surgery.

Joyce was impressed with how easily Dr. Papanastassiou was able to determine the cause of her pain.

“The surgery went very well,” she told us. “The pain was gone right after the surgery. I would recommend Dr. Papanastassiou.”

Best Teacher 2017

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 |  Friday Jun 9, 2017 | Share This Item

Congratulations to Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, for winning the 2016-2017 Best Teacher Award as voted by the UT Health San Antonio medical student body. This is the third consecutive year that Dr. Seifi has received this distinction.