Shaheryar Hafeez, MD
Assistant Professor Shaheryar Hafeez, MD, joined the Department of Neurosurgery in August of 2016. His first exposure to neuroscience was when, as an undergraduate student, he performed a visual cortex ablation on a rat to study how apoptosis of the visual tracts occurred. After he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in neuroscience, he received a grant to study how quality of life was affected by the administration of suboxone for the treatment of opiate addiction. He attended St. George’s University School of Medicine to pursue his medical doctorate and graduated in 2010. After medical school, he completed his residency training for neurology at the world-renown Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Hafeez is currently a member of several national societies: the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Neurocritical Care Society, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Neurology.
It was during his residency that Dr. Hafeez cultivated his passion for teaching and research. In 2014, he was given the Department of Neurology Excellence in Student Teaching Award. That same year, out of over 300 candidates, he was one of three residents who were selected to be inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society. He authored several peer-reviewed papers, including publications that have appeared in Neurology, Critical Care Medicine, and Neurocritical Care. He also presented posters at several national meetings, such as the Neurocritical Care Society and the American Academy of Neurology.
Dr. Hafeez stayed at Ohio State to complete another two years of sub-specialty training in neurocritical care. His responsibilities there were quite vast; he led board review, started a journal club, organized a monthly morbidity and mortality conference, established a work-flow system for budget and supplies, liaised between the clinicians and the Department of Informatics, served on the hospital’s neuroscience quality and improvement committee as a fellow member, and started the Neurocritical Care Fellowship Case and Procedure Database. He also assisted in the implementation of a training curriculum for neuroscience nurses, neuroscience critical care nurse practitioners, and critical care fellows. During his time with Ohio State, he implemented several protocols: normothermia in neurocritical care, EVD care and management, and DDAVP for the reversal of antiplatelet agents in chronic kidney disease. Dr. Hafeez was the only clinician outside the neurosurgery department who was invited to the department’s graduation ceremony; they even presented him with an honorary graduation certificate.
Aside from his educational and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Hafeez also participated heavily in research as a secondary investigator in several large national clinical trials: IDEF, SHINE, ATACH-II, CLEAR III, POINT, SAGE-547, and Cryo Cooling Collar to Rapidly Reduce Brain Temperature. In 2014, he was invited by the Ohio State Stroke and Neurocritical Care Symposium to give a lecture about the use of hypothermia in neurocritical care. In 2015, the University of Toledo invited him to their campus to present the same topic at their grand rounds.
Dr. Hafeez cares deeply about helping patients survive some of the worst days of their lives with dignity, compassion, and limited disability. He is also very passionate about educating future clinicians; he hopes his instruction will inspire them to make great contributions to science. It is for all these reasons that Dr. Hafeez decided to join the neurocritical care team at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Department of Neurosurgery.