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

Christopher Frank's story

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Tuesday May 23, 2017 | Share This Item


In September of 2016, Christopher Frank had a serious sinus infection that was causing him a lot of pain. It was so bad that his friends had to take him to the ER. A CT scan revealed that Christopher had a major abscess in his head that was causing his brain to swell up. He was rushed to UHS, where he met Ramesh Grandhi, MD. 

“Dr. Grandhi was very upfront with us,” Christopher’s mother, Lucille, explained. “He told us that Christopher was very sick and he needed emergency surgery as soon as possible.” Christopher underwent a craniotomy for evacuation of an intracerebral abscess. Shortly afterward, he developed malignant intracranial pressure elevations that required performing bilateral decompressive hemicraniectomies, and eventually a cranioplasty surgery a few months later. Christopher's family was pleased with the results of the surgery and the quality of the care Christopher received while he was in the hospital.

“The ICU staff was great,” Lucille told us. “It was amazing to see his recovery.”

Christopher is recovering well. His family is happy to see him healthy and happy.

Translational Science Training Program.

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Friday May 19, 2017 | Share This Item


Sadiya Ahmad was recently named an awardee of the Translational Science Training Program. This exciting fellowship enables participants to learn more about biomedical research opportunities and the drug discovery and development process. It is awarded annually through the NIH-supported Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science here at UT Health.

Spring Scientific Retreat 2017

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 |  Thursday May 11, 2017 | Share This Item


Vaibhav Patel, MD

Earlier this month, several representatives from the Department of Neurosurgery participated in the 15th annual Spring Scientific Retreat. This all-day meeting, sponsored by the Center for Biomedical Neuroscience, provides researchers from all over San Antonio with the opportunity to present scientific findings and discuss research topics with colleagues.

We are proud of all the hard work Sadiya Ahmad, Ian McDougall, MD, and Vaibhav Patel, MD, undertook in preparation for this event. We would also like to wish Dr. Patel our hearty congratulations for winning first prize in the postdoctoral category for his presentation describing a novel unidirectional drug delivery system to the brain.