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Nathanael's story

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 |  Tuesday Apr 18, 2017 | Share This Item


When Nathanael was diagnosed with sagittal craniosynostosis, his family was initially very anxious. After meeting with David F. Jimenez, MD, FACS, their fears started to abate because they felt their son was in the best hands possible. Nathanael’s father, Carlos, told us that the experience of watching his son go into surgery was scary, but the procedure went well. Carlos was also concerned about how the surgery might affect his son’s development, but he has confirmed that Nathanael is now in kindergarten and “excelling at school.” Carlos also praised the director of our cranial remolding program: Darren J. Poidevin, CPO, LPO. “Darren did a good job with the helmet therapy. He explained things so well and was there for us every step of the way.”

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Medicenna Treats First Patient in Phase 2b Recurrent Glioblastoma Trial

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Thursday Apr 13, 2017 | Share This Item

Each year hundreds of medical students, residents, and fellows showcase their research at Passport, the largest research meeting held at UT Health San Antonio. This annual event, co-sponsored by the School of Medicine’s Research and Graduate Medical Education offices, provides participants with the opportunity to present posters covering topics related to research, quality improvement, and patient safety. This year, the Department of Neurosurgery was represented by more than 20 medical students working under the mentorship of Dr. Ali Seifi. We are proud of their accomplishments and excited to share some photos of the event with you.

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Pastport 2017

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 |  Thursday Apr 6, 2017 | Share This Item

Each year hundreds of medical students, residents, and fellows showcase their research at Passport, the largest research meeting held at UT Health San Antonio. This annual event, co-sponsored by the School of Medicine’s Research and Graduate Medical Education offices, provides participants with the opportunity to present posters covering topics related to research, quality improvement, and patient safety. This year, the Department of Neurosurgery was represented by more than 20 medical students working under the mentorship of Dr. Ali Seifi. We are proud of their accomplishments and excited to share some photos of the event with you.

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Kamden's Story

Neurosurgery Admin

 |  Friday Mar 31, 2017 | Share This Item

When Kamden Davis was diagnosed with sagittal craniosynostosis, his mother, Marissa, immediately got online to find out more about her son’s condition. During her research, she saw several references to David F. Jimenez, MD, FACS.

“His name kept coming up and it was very positive every time,” Marissa told us. “People online were speaking highly about Dr. Jimenez; that was very reassuring.” She emailed the pediatric neurosurgery clinic on a Sunday and received a reply within an hour, which Marissa described as “very impressive.”

After meeting Marissa and her son, Dr. Jimenez determined that Kamden would be a good candidate for surgery. Marissa initially dreaded Kamden’s surgery, but the actual experience was better than she had anticipated: “I thought giving my baby to the surgeon was going to be the hardest part, but I knew my son was in the best hands. I felt more at peace than I ever thought I'd feel.”

During her online research, Marissa was also encouraged by what she read about Darren J. Poidevin, the director of our cranial remolding program. She was thankful for his patience and attentiveness when the time came for Kamden to undergo cranial orthosis after his surgery.

“I think the orthosis is just as important as the surgery. Darren and Dr. Jimenez made a huge impact on our child’s life.

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Shane Hawksworth, MD

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 |  Friday Mar 24, 2017 | Share This Item

Congratulations to Shane Hawksworth, MD, for scoring 714 on the American Board of Neurological Surgery Primary Examination. Shane’s results ranked among the top ten highest scores for 2016. In recognition of his achievement, the Department of Neurosurgery at UT Health San Antonio presented Dr. Hawksworth with a crowned bobble head bearing his likeness.

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