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Ramesh Grandhi, MD, Featured on KSAT 12

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 |  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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Bradley's Story

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 |  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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Ryan's Story

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 |  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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Santiago's Story

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 |  Friday Jan 20, 2017 | Share This Item

When Santiago Chavez was diagnosed with sagittal craniosynostosis, he and his mother were referred to David Jimenez, MD, FACS, and Darren Poidevin, CPO, LPO. Nancy Chavez was initially heartbroken when she heard about her son’s condition, but the conversations she had with other parents in the waiting room at UHS assuaged her concerns. “I asked a few of the parents what to expect. I heard nothing but good things about Dr. Jimenez and Darren. It was very reassuring; I knew I was in the right place.”

During Santiago’s latest follow-up appointment, Nancy expressed her satisfaction with the endoscopic surgical approach and the Cranial Remolding Program. She told us that Dr. Jimenez and Darren have been there for her family every step of the way.

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Student Research Meeting

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 |  Friday Jan 27, 2017 | Share This Item

Last week, Dr. Seifi organized a meeting for UT Health San Antonio medical students to discuss potential research projects. Fifty participants attended! At the Department of Neurosurgery, we are excited to see so many students who are passionate about contributing to the advancement of medical research.

During Santiago’s latest follow-up appointment, Nancy expressed her satisfaction with the endoscopic surgical approach and the Cranial Remolding Program. She told us that Dr. Jimenez and Darren have been there for her family every step of the way.

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Naomi Sayre, PhD Career Development Award.

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 |  Friday Jan 27, 2017 | Share This Item

We are proud to announce that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently granted Dr. Naomi Sayre with a Career Development Award for her proposal entitled: “The Influence of ApoE4 on Signaling & Poor Outcome after Traumatic Brain Injury.”

Traumatic brain injury is considered the signature injury for service men and women who have fought in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans with a history of traumatic brain injury have an increased incidence of long-term neurological problems. For these individuals, effective treatment strategies are often limited because scientists still have a poor understanding of the mechanisms and chronic effects associated with traumatic brain injury and aging.

Funding provided by the Career Development Award will enable Dr. Sayre to study the pathology of traumatic brain injury at the South Texas Veteran’s Health Care System and contribute to the medical community’s understanding of its long term effects. This will significantly improve the capability of physicians to treat veterans and other patients suffering from traumatic brain injury.

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