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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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Christian's Story

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 |  Wednesday Mar 22, 2017 | Share This Item

This past January, Christian Patrick Ehrhard suffered a major stroke while getting ready for work. He was rushed to UHS where Ramesh Grandhi, MD, performed a mechanical thrombectomy to remove the blood clot blocking the flow of blood to his brain and a hemicraniectomy to relieve intracranial pressure. After surgery, Christian was put under the supervision of the neurocritical care team.

Christian and his wife praised the staff for their support. “Dr. Grandhi did a fantastic job; we are very grateful to him. The doctors and staff in the ICU were friendly and always looked out for us, which put us at ease.”

Since his surgery, Christian has recovered much of his strength; he is able to do yard work and care for his young child. Christian’s family is very pleased with the results and happy to have him back at home.

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Elena's Story

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 |  Thursday Mar 9, 2017 | Share This Item

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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Natalia’s Story

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 |  Wednesday Mar 1, 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, perfWhen Natalia Garcia was diagnosed with metopic craniosynostosis, her family was distraught.

The first doctor the family consulted described the traditional approach to craniosynostosis surgery, but hearing about the invasive nature of the procedure left Natalia’s father, Ruben Garcia, feeling apprehensive. “It was very scary to hear that there was going to be such a large cut in our daughter’s head,” Ruben told us. “I didn’t like the fact that she could lose so much blood.”

After researching their options, Natalia’s family learned about the endoscopic approach to surgery. They also heard favorable reviews about David F. Jimenez, MD, FACS. After the family met with him at the Pediatric Neurosurgery Clinic, they were finally convinced what their course of action should be; they scheduled the surgery.

Natalia’s parents had nothing but praise for Dr. Jimenez and clinic staff. “Every person we worked with was so nice. They made us feel at ease and comfortable. It made all our worries go away.”ormed 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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Vaibhav Patel, MD, Resident Paper Award

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 |  Monday Feb 27, 2017 | Share This Item

Congratulations to Vaibhav Patel, MD, for his success at this year’s meeting of the Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons! Dr. Patel’s paper, “Multimodal Treatment with XRT/TH302 for Malignant Meningioma,” won first place in the Best Resident Paper/Presentation category.

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