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Agnes' Story

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 |  Friday Feb 10, 2017 | Share This Item

Last October, Agnes Mensah suffered a ruptured aneurysm and passed out in her home. When her family found her they immediately called 911. Due to the complicated nature of her case, Agnes’ doctors decided to have her airlifted to UHS from her hometown in Corpus Christi. When she arrived Jeremiah Johnson, MD, performed a coiling procedure to block the flow of blood into her brain and a shunting procedure to relieve the pressure that had built up inside her head.

After three weeks of neurocritical care and a period of rehabilitation therapy, Agnes has made tremendous progress. Her family was amazed by her recovery: “The prognosis was not good at all. But with the support of our friends and the doctor's work, she has made a fantastic turnaround."

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Meet The Neurocritical Care Team

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 |  Monday Feb 6, 2017 | Share This Item

Last week, Dr. Seifi organized a meeting for UT Health San Antonio medical students to discuss potential research projects. Fifty participants attended! At the Department of Neurosurgery, we are excited to see so many students who are passionate about contributing to the advancement of medical research.

During Santiago’s latest follow-up appointment, Nancy expressed her satisfaction with the endoscopic surgical approach and the Cranial Remolding Program. She told us that Dr. Jimenez and Darren have been there for her family every step of the way.

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Student Research Meeting

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 |  Friday Jan 27, 2017 | Share This Item

Last week, Dr. Seifi organized a meeting for UT Health San Antonio medical students to discuss potential research projects. Fifty participants attended! At the Department of Neurosurgery, we are excited to see so many students who are passionate about contributing to the advancement of medical research.

During Santiago’s latest follow-up appointment, Nancy expressed her satisfaction with the endoscopic surgical approach and the Cranial Remolding Program. She told us that Dr. Jimenez and Darren have been there for her family every step of the way.

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Naomi Sayre, PhD Career Development Award.

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 |  Friday Jan 27, 2017 | Share This Item

We are proud to announce that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently granted Dr. Naomi Sayre with a Career Development Award for her proposal entitled: “The Influence of ApoE4 on Signaling & Poor Outcome after Traumatic Brain Injury.”

Traumatic brain injury is considered the signature injury for service men and women who have fought in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans with a history of traumatic brain injury have an increased incidence of long-term neurological problems. For these individuals, effective treatment strategies are often limited because scientists still have a poor understanding of the mechanisms and chronic effects associated with traumatic brain injury and aging.

Funding provided by the Career Development Award will enable Dr. Sayre to study the pathology of traumatic brain injury at the South Texas Veteran’s Health Care System and contribute to the medical community’s understanding of its long term effects. This will significantly improve the capability of physicians to treat veterans and other patients suffering from traumatic brain injury.

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Santiago's Story

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 |  Friday Jan 20, 2017 | Share This Item

When Santiago Chavez was diagnosed with sagittal craniosynostosis, he and his mother were referred to David Jimenez, MD, FACS, and Darren Poidevin, CPO, LPO. Nancy Chavez was initially heartbroken when she heard about her son’s condition, but the conversations she had with other parents in the waiting room at UHS assuaged her concerns. “I asked a few of the parents what to expect. I heard nothing but good things about Dr. Jimenez and Darren. It was very reassuring; I knew I was in the right place.”

During Santiago’s latest follow-up appointment, Nancy expressed her satisfaction with the endoscopic surgical approach and the Cranial Remolding Program. She told us that Dr. Jimenez and Darren have been there for her family every step of the way.

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