Education

Olga Garza’s Story

Olga Garza smiling during a clinic visit.

In 1987, Olga Garza was experiencing severe headaches. After dealing with the pain for three years, she went to the hospital and found out she had a tumor. Although doctors were able to excise most of it, the root could not be removed. In the early 2000s, she began to have serious headaches once again. […]

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Spinal Anatomy Lab

Dr. Sun and others stand over an anatomical specimen while listening to his instruction.

As part of the department’s weekly education session, Derrick Sun, M.D., took the residents through a spinal anatomy lab to demonstrate advanced surgical techniques for the correction of spinal deformities. Practice sessions like these are unique opportunities for the residents to hone their surgical skills before applying them in the operating room. Special thanks to […]

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Invasive Central Line Placement Class

The Neurocritical Care Team standing around a hospital bed smiling while they practice invasive line placement.

Our neurocritical care team recently attended their first invasive central line placement class, hosted by Arrow, International, Inc.

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Research Lab 2017

Dr. David Wallace smiling in our research lab.

David Wallace, MD, PGY-V is spending his research year in the departmental neurosciences lab run by Naomi Sayre, PhD. They are working on a novel antibody to help inhibit inflammation and cellular damage to the central nervous system after trauma. This treatment may one day help patients recover from spinal cord injury. ‘Understanding the injury […]

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Cadaver Lab

People in scrubs standing around the cadaver lab with Dr. Sun. One woman adjusts a giant lamp.

Derrick Sun, MD, recently presented a lecture to our residents in which he discussed clinical cases illustrating different types of upper cervical spine trauma as well as anatomy and radiology relevant to the upper cervical spine. After Dr. Sun’s lecture, the residents went to the cadaver lab to practice the placement of C2 pedicle screws, […]

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Grand Rounds 2017

Dr. John Floyd smiling after his Grand Rounds presentation.

Last week, two of our doctors gave presentations during Grand Rounds. John Floyd, MD, gave a presentation on the management of low grade gliomas and Rachel Garvin, MD, gave a presentation on traumatic brain injury guidelines.    

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The Society of Neurological Surgeons Boot Camp

A participant standing in a clinical room during our "Fundamentals of Neurosurgery" boot camp.

Our PGY 1 residents recently had the opportunity to attend a “Fundamentals of Neurosurgery” boot camp course hosted by the Society of Neurological Surgeons. The course is designed to help neurosurgery residents who are transitioning from medical school by educating them about professionalism, communication, and basic procedural skills.

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Cadaver Lab

People in scrubs standing around a blurred out cadaver,

In our residents’ first cranial anatomy lab of the year, Dr. Caron lectured on the frontal orbital zygomatic approach to craniotomy. This skull base surgical technique provides access to many of the tumors and vascular lesions neurosurgeons see on a regular basis. Following the lecture, the residents went to the cadaver lab, sponsored by Integra […]

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Passport Day 2015

Dr. Ali Seifi smiling with others during Passport Day.

The Department of Neurosurgery is proud of all our representatives who participated in Passport Day 2015. This annual event provides medical students, residents, and fellows with the opportunity to present posters covering topics related to research, quality improvement, and patient safety. Professor Ali Seifi, MD, FACP mentored our participants and was very pleased with this year’s […]

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