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University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - Department of Neurosurgery: We make lives better
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For 12 years, Elena Sarai Martinez suffered from chronic epilepsy. Every month she had six to eight debilitating seizures.

“I had to stop working,” she told us. “It ruined my life and gave me serious depression.”

Alex M. Papanastassiou, MD, met with Elena to discuss her treatment options. She underwent surgery and has been seizure-free for three months now.
When we asked about her experience at UHS, Elena praised the staff for their care and described how the surgery has given her a new outlook on life.

“Dr. Papanastassiou has changed my life completely. I can do simple things like drive and work. It's a big difference…My depression is gone. I feel like I can do anything.”
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In honor of National PA Week, we would like to celebrate our department’s wonderful physician assistants. Veronica Toudouze, Matthew Musick, and Cristobal Perez—thank you for all your hard work and dedication!
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Erica C. Salazar, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, Izabela Tarasiewicz, MD, and Silvia Ibarra are just a few of the many friendly faces you will see at UT Neurosurgery UHS Pediatric Clinic.
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Come take a look inside our neurosurgical research laboratory! Our hard-working team is busy investigating the cellular processes that determine how the brain recovers after stroke or traumatic injury.
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2016-07-19
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We recently spoke to one of our nurses, Erica Salazar, RN, MSN, FNB-BC, and asked her some questions about the Craniosynostosis clinic:
What can families expect when they come to the Craniosynostosis clinic?
"We will hold your hand as we diagnose your child. We will talk to you about all possible options. We will be there every step of the way from surgery to post op. You will most likely only have to travel to the clinic four times in the first year for treatment.”
What has been the most rewarding part of working in the Craniosynostosis clinic?
“It is always heart-warming to go back and look at the original pictures of our cranio patients. I remember all the anxieties the parents had. It is very rewarding to look at all the progress the patients have made; I love seeing how grateful and happy the whole family is that they made the decision to come here. I just love seeing every patient’s success story.”
For more information about please visit: www.craniosynostosis.net
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We are so excited that Drs. Birnbaum, Grandhi, and Johnson made the cover of MD News.
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We are very proud to announce that Shane Hawksworth, MD, ranked within the top ten highest scores achieved by residents taking the 2016 primary examination for the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
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