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Genevieve's story

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 |  Wednesday May 3, 2017 | Share This Item

Genevieve Vigil was in a serious accident.

“We were hit very hard by a car coming into the intersection," Genevieve told us. "When I woke up, I could see the driver was bleeding and unconscious...I was in so much pain I couldn’t move."

After the ambulance arrived, Genevieve was rushed to University Hosptial. A CT scan revealed that she had fractured her 2nd cervical vertebra, sustaining a dangerous neck injury commonly termed a “Hangman’s Fracture.” After electing to undergo non-operative treatment and being braced for several months under the care of Ramesh Grandhi, MD, Genevieve recently received good news at her last clinic visit.

“I was just told today at the clinic that my bone healed; I won't need a brace or surgery, but I still need to be careful," she explained. "All things considered, I am lucky. The doctors and staff were so kind in helping me and my family through this hardship. We are very grateful for that.”

She looks forward to graduating from high school in the next few weeks.

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Spring Scientific Retreat 2017

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 |  Thursday May 11, 2017 | Share This Item

Earlier this month, several representatives from the Department of Neurosurgery participated in the 15th annual Spring Scientific Retreat. This all-day meeting, sponsored by the Center for Biomedical Neuroscience, provides researchers from all over San Antonio with the opportunity to present scientific findings and discuss research topics with colleagues.

We are proud of all the hard work Sadiya Ahmad, Ian McDougall, MD, and Vaibhav Patel, MD, undertook in preparation for this event. We would also like to wish Dr. Patel our hearty congratulations for winning first prize in the postdoctoral category for his presentation describing a novel unidirectional drug delivery system to the brain.

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Translational Science Training Program.

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 |  Friday May 19, 2017 | Share This Item

Sadiya Ahmad was recently named an awardee of the Translational Science Training Program. This exciting fellowship enables participants to learn more about biomedical research opportunities and the drug discovery and development process. It is awarded annually through the NIH-supported Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science here at UT Health.y congratulations for winning first prize in the postdoctoral category for his presentation describing a novel unidirectional drug delivery system to the brain.

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Christopher Frank's story

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 |  Tuesday May 23, 2017 | Share This Item

In September of 2016, Christopher Frank had a serious sinus infection that was causing him a lot of pain. It was so bad that his friends had to take him to the ER. A CT scan revealed that Christopher had a major abscess in his head that was causing his brain to swell up. He was rushed to UHS, where he met Ramesh Grandhi, MD. 

“Dr. Grandhi was very upfront with us,” Christopher’s mother, Lucille, explained. “He told us that Christopher was very sick and he needed emergency surgery as soon as possible.” Christopher underwent a craniotomy for evacuation of an intracerebral abscess. Shortly afterward, he developed malignant intracranial pressure elevations that required performing bilateral decompressive hemicraniectomies, and eventually a cranioplasty surgery a few months later. Christopher's family was pleased with the results of the surgery and the quality of the care Christopher received while he was in the hospital.

“The ICU staff was great,” Lucille told us. “It was amazing to see his recovery.”

Christopher is recovering well. His family is happy to see him healthy and happy.

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