Education

2019 International Stroke Conference

Dr. Cameron McDougall standing in front of his poster and smiling with a glass of water in his hand.

Cameron M. McDougall, M.D., recently presented a poster at the 2019 International Stroke Conference titled “Microsurgery Treatment Rate for Unruptured Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformations is Increased post-ARUBA.” Many of our faculty members contributed to his research, including Jean-Louis R. Caron, M.D., FRCS(c), FACS, Lee Birnbaum, M.D., and Justin Robert Mascitelli, M.D.

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Craig G van Horne, M.D., Ph.D.

Drs. Van Horne and Papanastasiou standing in front of the Department of Neurosurgery doors.

Last Friday, the Department of Neurosurgery was visited by Craig G van Horne, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Kentucky. During grand rounds, Dr. Horne discussed a neurosurgical approach to the delivery of cell therapies for disease modification in Parkinson’s disease. We thank Dr. Horne for taking the time to see us and share his […]

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46th Annual Meeting of the AANS/CNS

Dr. Derek Samples standing in front of his research poster and smiling.

Izabela Tarasiewicz, M.D., and Derek C. Samples, M.D., recently attended the section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery in Nashville. They presented a poster describing the role of follow-up CT scans in the management of traumatic pediatric epidural hematomas.

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Fundamentals of Spinal Deformity Surgery

Resident surgeons standing in scrubs and practicing techniques in the anatomy lab.

Derrick Sun, M.D., recently met with our residents to review the fundamentals of spinal deformity surgery and discuss how those principles apply to patient care. Afterward, the residents gathered at our anatomy lab to practice some of the techniques used to correct spinal deformities. The resident surgeons practiced placing traditional iliac screws and sacral-2-alar-iliac (S2AI) […]

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Emergency Neurologic Life Support Class

Neuro and trauma nurses sitting down and listening to a presentation.

Dr. Hafeez, Dr. Seifi, and Denise Rios, ACNP, conducted a full day emergency neurologic life support (ENLS) class for the neuro and trauma ICU nurses at University Hospital. This comprehensive certification course, offered by the Neurocritical Care Society, is designed to ensure that every member of a hospital’s multi-professional team is equipped to manage acute […]

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Dewey Thoms, M.D.

Dr. Dewey Thoms smiling in a lab coat next to a banner with his name.

“I have a strong interest in brain tumors and my research involves designing a new chemotherapy wafer that can be implanted during surgery after a tumor has been resected, particularly Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM). GBMs are very aggressive primary brain tumors which carry a short life expectancy. The wafer delivers the chemo directly to the brain, […]

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Cadaver Lab

Dr. John Floyd and others at work in the cadaver lab.

Dr. John Floyd and Dr. Cameron McDougal recently guided cadaver lab attendees through an orbitozygomatic craniotomy. This approach, sometimes referred to simply as an “OZ,” involves the meticulous removal of bone to minimize brain retraction injury and permit access to deeper parts of the brain that can be difficult to reach during surgery. The OZ […]

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Derek Samples, M.D.

Dr. Derek Samples smiling next to a banner with his name.

We recently talked with Derek Samples, M.D., to ask him to describe his residency with UT Health Neurosurgery: “I have a strong interest in pediatric neurosurgery. I’ve been working with Dr. Tarasiewicz to get a new project off the ground that involves the design and analysis of a rodent model of tethered cord syndrome. The […]

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Research Laboratory staff

The Department of Neurosurgery’s laboratory staff standing outside and smiling in front of the colorful Academic Learning and Teaching Center.

Meet UT Health Neurosurgery’s research laboratory staff! The research mission of the Department of Neurosurgery has two goals: first to maintain a rigorous, translational, and impactful research program that investigates different issues relating to neurosurgery and neurology. The second goal of our research mission is to effectively educate and train the next generation of investigators […]

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Graduation 2018

Drs. Michael McGinity, Shane Hawksworth, and Asif Maknojia standing together and smiling. They are standing left to right in order of descending height.

The Department of Neurosurgery recently celebrated the graduation of this year’s chief residents: Drs. Michael McGinity, Shane Hawksworth, and Asif Maknojia. During their ceremony, we had the opportunity to recognize the hard work they have dedicated to our department during their residency. We would like to wish each of them a wonderful future ahead!

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