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Laddie, the Therapy Dog

Laddie the Therapy Dog posed with the Neurocritical Care staff.

Laddie, a therapy dog from Paws Up Pet Therapy, visited the Neurocritical Care staff this afternoon to relieve some stress and make everyone smile. Laddie enjoys herding cats, giving high fives, and being treated to the occasional Whatburger Justaburger patty.

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Resident Wellness Newsletter

Screenshot of the 2019 Resident Wellness newsletter featuring the residents from the Department of Neurosurgery.

Graduate Medical Education periodically publishes a newsletter with helpful articles, tips, and resources compiled together to promote resident wellness. The most recent edition of their newsletter featured the Department of Neurosurgery’s residency program with an article written by Drs. David Wallace and Alexander Papanastassiou. You can read the newsletter and learn more about resident wellness […]

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Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Garvin accepting her award and smiling.

All of us at the Department of Neurosurgery extend our best wishes to Rachel Garvin, M.D., F.N.C.S., for winning the 2018-2019 Diane Solomon, MD, Award for Excellence in Teaching as voted by the neurology medical students at UT Health San Antonio. Congratulations, Dr. Garvin!

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Service Award Ceremony

John Floyd, M.D., recently presented Jean-Louis Caron, M.D., FRCS(c), FACS, and Viktor Bartanusz, M.D., Ph.D., with employee service awards. Dr. Caron is celebrating 15 years of service to UT Health and Dr. Bartanusz is celebrating 10 years of service to the university.

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KENS 5 Segment with Dr. Birnbaum – Additional Stroke Risk Factors

Dr. Birnbaum stands and speaks about stroke with KENS 5.

Dr. Lee Birnbaum was recently featured in another KENS 5 story. During the segment, he explained how smoking and estrogen-based oral contraceptives can contribute to a person’s overall risk for stroke. You can read or watch the story here.

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KENS 5 Segment with Dr. Birnbaum – Stroke Risk Factors

Dr. Birnbaum stands and speaks about stroke with KENS 5.

During his interview with KENS 5, Dr. Lee Birnbaum discussed the risk factors for stroke among young people. He also addressed a news headline that recently circulated about a man from Oklahoma who suffered a stroke after popping his neck. You can read or watch the story here.

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KENS 5 Segment with Dr. Birnbaum – One Stroke Patient’s Story

Dr. Birnbaum stands and speaks about stroke with KENS 5.

Dr. Lee Birnbaum was recently interviewed by KENS 5 for their informative story about stroke patient Mario Herrera. During the segment, Dr. Birnbaum stressed how crucial timing can be during the treatment of stroke. You can read or watch the story here.

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Emirates Critical Care Conference

Dr. Ali Seifi smiling in front of a poster for the 15th Emirates Critical Care Conference.

Earlier this April, the director of our neuro ICU, Ali Seifi, M.D., FACP, was invited to be a guest speaker at the 15th Emirates Critical Care Conference in Dubai. This annual meeting, sponsored by the Neurocritical Care Society and the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine, brings together prominent specialists and […]

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Simulation Lab

Neurocritical Care Team posing for a group photo after their simulation lab taught by Drs. Seifi and Garvin.

The Neurocritical Care Team recently had a simulation lab for invasive lines. The session, taught by Rachel Garvin, M.D., FNCS, and Ali Seifi, M.D., FACP, covered a wide range of techniques health care professionals use among critically-ill patients to diagnose infections, relieve pressure, deliver medications, and facilitate breathing.

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Sandra’s Story

Patient Sandra Holquin sitting in a chair and smiling.

Sandra Holquin suffered from chronic pain throughout most of her life. “I couldn’t walk or even do household chores,” she told us during a recent visit. “Epidural and steroid injections would help, but the pain would always come back.” During an appointment at the pain clinic, she was referred to Alexander M. Papanastassiou, M.D., who […]

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