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New Neurosurgery Residents Starting July, 2014

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  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.

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Dr. Branch Wins First Place

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Friday Feb 28, 2014 | Share This Item

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

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One of largest residency programs in the U.S.

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Sunday Feb 9, 2014 | Share This Item

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has approved the expansion of the department’s neurosurgery residency program to 17 residents.

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2013 Holiday Celebration

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Friday Dec 20, 2013 | Share This Item

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this year's Holiday Celebration a success! We wish you all a safe and happy holiday!

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Jay's Remarkable Recovery

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Monday Nov 4, 2013 | Share This Item

James "Jay" Ellis was admitted August 18, 2013 after a motorcycle collision.  He was wearing a helmet and in full gear when his bike skidded on some gravel and he was thrown off. Unfortunately, his legs were injured when they struck a street sign. He arrived at University Hospital in critical condition with multiple long bone fractures but, fortunately, no head injury. On his second day in the hospital, after a necessary operation to amputate his left leg below the knee, Jay stopped following commands and became unresponsive. After multiple consultations and a thorough review of his history and MRI brain imaging, the cause became clear. Jay had fat embolism syndrome, a rare but known complication after long bone fracture. He endured multiple surgeries for his left leg, multiple blood transfusions and infection. Jay was initially in a coma but slowly, over several weeks, started showing signs of awakening. Almost 6 weeks after experiencing this life-threatening injury and rare complication of fat embolism syndrome, Jay wheeled himself out of the hospital to rehab, talking, laughing and saying thank you.

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