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Craniofacial Clinic

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 |  Monday Sep 18, 2017 | Share This Item

Last Tuesday, Pablo and Amanda Gonzalez brought their daughter, Alessia, to the very first craniofacial clinic. Alessia has Apert syndrome and came to the clinic for a follow-up after having two craniosynostosis surgeries. The clinic is unique because it gives families a chance to meet with many specialists in one visit.

The doctors and their specialties:
Dr. Marisa Earley - pediatric ENT disorders
Dr. Christian Stallworth - Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Mark Miller - pediatric craniomaxillofacial surgery
Dr. Izabela Tarasiewicz - pediatric neurosurgery

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Symposium on Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases

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 |  Wednesday Sep 13, 2017 | Share This Item

UT Health San Antonio will be organizing the inaugural Symposium on Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases On Saturday, October 21, 2018. This conference is intended for health care providers and other allied professionals involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of stroke. Multiple members of our department will be playing important roles. Lee A. Birnbaum, MD, and Ramesh Grandhi, MD, are course co- directors at the event. Shaheryar Hafeez, MD, and Jean-Louis Caron, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, will be giving presentations. 

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Research Lab 2017

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 |  Thursday Sep 7, 2017 | Share This Item

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 pathways at a cellular level has really changed the way I think about the spinal cord injury and stroke that we see in our patients. This year in the lab will help me be a better doctor for the people we treat,’ says Dr. Wallace of his experience.

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Hudson Lockhart's Story

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 |  Friday Sep 1, 2017 | Share This Item

Hudson Lockhart was diagnosed with sagittal craniosynostoses during his two-month checkup. Alana Lockhart, Hudson’s mother, and the rest of his family decided to see David F. Jimenez, MD, FACS, to discuss treatment options.

“Receiving the diagnosis was one of the scariest things that ever happened to us,” Alana told us. “But Dr. Jimenez made us feel comfortable. Our first appointment gave us peace of mind.”

After his surgery, Hudson was put under the care of Darren J. Poidevin, CPO, LPO, the director of the Cranial Remolding Program.

“Darren is so great with Hudson. He makes sure we understand everything and makes the whole process simple. Hudson is adjusting so well to the [orthosis].”

We are pleased to report that Hudson is doing well and his family is very pleased with the results. Alana tells us that he is happy, healthy, and “hitting all his milestones.”

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Cadaver Lab

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 |  Tuesday Aug 8, 2017 | Share This Item

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, C1 lateral mass screws, C1-2 transarticular screws, and occipital plates using anatomical landmarks and fluoroscopic guidance. These procedures are used to stabilize someone with upper cervical trauma or atlanto-occipital dissociation (a condition where severe trauma causes the base of skull to be separated from the top of the cervical spine).

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