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neurosurgery

Houston, Texas

A full range of modern neurosurgical specialties and techniques are provided by top BCM neurosurgery specialists.
Department of Neurosurgery
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Faculty

Raymond Sawaya, M.D.
Professor and Chair

Faculty members in the Department of Neurosurgery are listed below according to faculty appointment and area of special interest. Faculty members may be contacted by calling the main departmental number, 713-798-4696.

Clinical Faculty

Adult Neurosurgery

Daniel Yoshor, M.D.
Professor; Chief of Neurosurgery Service, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital; Residency Program Director; Director, Brain Tumor, Pituitary and Epilepsy Surgery
Special Interests: Endoscopic pituitary and skull base surgery, brain and pituitary tumors, epilepsy surgery, brain mapping, stereotactic radiosurgery (Cyberknife).

Edward A.M. Duckworth, M.D.
Assistant Professor; Director, Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Neurosurgery
Special Interests: cerebral aneurysms, cerebrovascular disease including all types of vascular malformations, carotid stenosis, skull base tumors

Ibrahim Omeis, M.D.
Assistant Professor; Director, Spinal Neurosurgery
Special Interests: spinal neurosurgery, complex spine surgery, spinal deformity, spinal tumors, spinal trauma, minimally invasive spine surgery, artificial disc surgery, dynamic stabilization

Ashwin Viswanathan, M.D.
Assistant Professor; Director, Functional Neurosurgery
Special Interests: Deep brain stimulation, trigeminal neuralgia and facial pain, surgical interventions for chronic and cancer pain, tumors of the brain and spine, spinal cord injury, stereotactic radiosurgery, disorders of the peripheral nerves

Shashikant Patil, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Special Interests: Degenerative disease of the spine, disorders of peripheral nerves, tumors of the spine and spinal cord, spine trauma and head injury, minimally invasive methods for the treatment of spinal disorders, brain tumors, aneurysms

Texas Children's Hospital

Thomas G. Luerssen, M.D., FACS, FAAP
Professor; Chief of Service, Texas Children’s Hospital
Special Interests: Traumatic brain injury, neurologic critical care, cranial and craniofacial reconstruction, synostosis, tethered spinal cord

Robert C. Dauser, M.D.
Associate Professor
Special Interests: Brain and spinal cord tumors, neuro-oncology, and cerebrovascular disease including moyamoya disease

Andrew Jea, M.D.
Associate Professor
Special Interests: Complex pediatric spine problems including fracture and neoplasms, spinal cord injuries, surgical epilepsy, brain and spinal cord tumors

Daniel J. Curry, M.D.
Associate Professor
Special Interests: Functional pediatric neurosurgery, epilepsy surgery, movement disorders and spasticity, pain management

William E. Whitehead, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Special Interests: Brain and spinal cord tumors, neuro-oncology, hydrocephalus, congenital malformations, intraventricular endoscopy

William R. Cheek, M.D.
Professor Emeritus
Special Interests: Medical education

Ben Taub Hospital

Shankar P. Gopinath, M.D.
Associate Professor; Chief of Service, Ben Taub Hospital
Special Interests: Neurotrauma and general neurosurgery

Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Bruce L. Ehni, M.D.
Associate Professor; Chief of Service, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Special Interests: Spinal and cerebrovascular surgery, peripheral nerve surgery

Claudio E. Tatsui, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Special Interests: Spinal neurosurgery (trauma/degenerative/tumor), cell directed therapy, brain tumor surgery, spinal cord injury, spinal oncology

Neurosurgical Intensive Care

Claudia S. Robertson, M.D.
Professor; Director, The Center for Neurosurgical Intensive Care, Ben Taub Hospital
Special Interests: Neurosurgical intensive care, physiological disturbances after head injury

Neuropsychology

Harvey S. Levin, Ph.D.
Professor
Special Interests: Neuropsychological changes in epilepsy and Parkinson's disease, cognitive changes associated with surgical interventions for epilepsy and Parkinson's disease, functional neuroimaging

Basic Science Faculty

Vladimir V. Didenko, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Special Interests: Molecular biology, mechanisms of apoptosis

Michael A. K. Liebschner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Special Interests: Spine/bone biomechanics, bio-medical engineering; computer-assisted orthopedic surgery, tissue engineering

Leela Cherian Mathew, Ph.D.
Instructor
Special Interests: Brain injury and cerebral metabolism, spinal cord injury

Joint Appointments

The following is a list of joint appointments in the Department of Neurosurgery and the department in which each is primarily appointed.

J. Clay Goodman, M.D.
Professor (Pathology)

Winifred J. Hamilton, Ph.D., SM
Assistant Professor (Medicine)

Harvey S. Levin, Ph.D.
Professor (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)

Michel E. Mawad, M.D.
Professor (Radiology)

Voluntary Faculty

William R. Cheek, M.D.
Professor Emeritus

Richard Harper, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Youssef Comair, M.D.
Adjunct Professor, The American University, Beirut, Lebanon

Ian E. McCutcheon, M.D.
Adjunct Professor, The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

H. Julia Hannay, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, The University of Houston

Franco DeMonte, M.D.,
Adjunct Professor, The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Robert G. Grossman, M.D.
Adjunct Professor, The Methodist Neurological Institute

Frederick Lang, M.D.
Adjunct Professor, The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Oliver Bogler, M.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor, The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Amy Heimberger, M.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor, The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Jeffrey S. Weinberg, M.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor, The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Dima Suki, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor, The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Laurence D. Rhines, M.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor, The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Sujit Prabhu, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Suyun Huang, M.D., Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Nicholas B. Levine, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Ganesh Rao, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Daniel P. Cahill, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Philip L. Gildenberg, M.D.
Clinical Professor

Alfonso E. Aldama-Luebbert, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Thomas J. Mims, Jr., M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Charles R. Neblett, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Warren D. Parker, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Stuart M. Weil, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Subrata Ghosh, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Mark J. Kubala, M.D.
Clinical Instructor

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