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

Ryan's Story

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 |  Friday Jan 13, 2017 | Share This Item

Ryan Magadan

When he was eight weeks old, Ryan Magadan was diagnosed with craniosynostosis. His parents traveled from Miami to San Antonio to visit UHS and consult with David F. Jimenez, MD, FACS, about their son’s case. Raider, Ryan’s father, told us that after talking to Dr. Jimenez he was confident his son was in “the best hands.” Dr. Jimenez met with the Magadan family on a Monday and performed Ryan’s surgery that Thursday; Raider described the experience as “perfect.”

The Magadan family also had high praise for the director of the Cranial Remolding Program, Darren J. Poidevin, CPO, LPO. “Darren is amazing. He was very supportive. Working with him went very smoothly. Darren was there for my son since day one.”

We are happy to report that Ryan did well during his latest follow-up appointment.

Bradley's Story

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 |  Friday Jan 6, 2017 | Share This Item

Neurocritical Care with Dolores

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 comforting and had answers to all of my questions.” Laura also praised the director of the cranial remolding clinic, Darren Poidevin, CPO, LPO. “We liked Darren. He was very comforting, calming, and knowledgeable.”

Laura would like to share this piece of advice for families who have a child undergoing craniosynostosis surgery:

"It's going to be difficult, one of the hardest days of your life, but you are with people who know what they are doing and you'll get through it.

Ramesh Grandhi, MD, Featured on KSAT 12

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 |  Tuesday Jan 3, 2017 | Share This Item

"Her chance of living was slim, but when a healthy 34-year-old had a massive stroke on Christmas Eve, strangers came to her rescue. Now, the woman and her doctor both call her full recovery a Christmas miracle." Watch this amazing news story featuring Ramesh Grandhi, MD.