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

The Graduation of Dr. Andrey Belayev

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 |  Saturday Jun 28, 2014 | Share This Item

The Graduation of Dr. Andrey Belayev
Congratulations to Dr. Andrey Belayev!

New Neurosurgery Residents Starting July, 2014

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 |  Monday Mar 24, 2014 | Share This Item

The Department of Neurosurgery is very pleased to announce the results of the 2014 Neurosurgery residency match. We have matched our top choices and are very pleased to welcome Dewey Thoms and Clay Samples to our program. This year's applicants and those who were interviewed were superb and extremely qualified. We are very fortunate to have matched so well.

Dr. Dewey Thoms Dewey Thoms is graduating from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, Shreveport, LA. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Medical Association, Christian Medical and Dental Association, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and National Scholars Honor Society. He has received the AOA Medical Honor Society and Ronald B. George Scholar in Medicine awards.
Dr. Clay Samples

Dr. Clay Samples graduated from The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Phi Beta Kappa, American Medical Association, and Texas Medical Association. He has received the UTHSCSA Merit Award of 2013 and Top 5 Researchers at UTHSCSA Medical Student Research Day 2010 awards.

Dr. Branch Wins First Place

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 |  Friday Feb 28, 2014 | Share This Item

Dr. Byron Branch

Congratulations to Dr. Byron Branch on winning first place at the Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons for his presentation on minimally invasive spine surgery!