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Ryan's Story

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Friday Jan 13, 2017 | Share This Item

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.

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Bradley's Story

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Friday Jan 6, 2017 | Share This Item

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.

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Ramesh Grandhi, MD, Featured on KSAT 12

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  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.

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Rocky's Story

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Friday Dec 23, 2016 | Share This Item

Earlier this year, Rocky Buchanan was in an 18-wheeler accident that left him with an unstable upper cervical spine fracture and spinal cord injury. He was airlifted to UHS and taken to the Neuro ICU, where our neurocritical care team helped stabilize him. Rocky’s lung function was extremely tenuous, which complicated his case, but Derrick Sun, MD, was able to perform a complex spinal surgery that stabilized his fractured vertebrae. Dr. Sun told us that Rocky’s status was precarious, but our team of physicians and nurses persisted, helped improve his lung function so he would undergo the complex surgery safely, and ultimately achieved a successful surgical outcome. When Rocky and his family recently stopped by our clinic for a follow-up visit, we got a chance to talk to them about their experience with UHS. “There is a lot I would like to say to the staff that helped us,” he began. “The neurosurgeons and nurses worked very hard. I was in really bad shape when I came in, but I never saw them with a frown on their faces, which was reassuring to me. They saved my life.” Rocky was especially thankful to Dr. Sun for his patience and kindness. “We just love Dr. Sun; he made us feel at ease. There isn't much I can say except: Thank you. You are amazing.

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John R. Floyd II, MD, Featured on SA Live's The Doctor is

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Thursday Dec 22, 2016 | Share This Item

John R. Floyd II, MD, Was featured on the "Doctor Is In" segment on SA Live. Watch the story about this one local UT Health San Antonio doctor who was inspired to go into Neurosurgery because of a very scary scuba diving accident.

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