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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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Raymond Sawaya, M.D.

Professor and Chair

Board Certification

  • American Board of Neurological Surgeons

Medical School

  • St. Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon


  • Beekman-Downtown Hospital, New York, NY


  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH


  • National Institutes of Health NINCDS (Surgical Neurology Branch), Brain Tumor Research, Bethesda, MD

Primary Neurosurgical Interests

  • Primary and metastatic brain tumors, enhanced accessibility and safety of brain tumor surgery, third ventricle, brainstem, and pineal region tumors

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Texas Medical Association
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Harris County Medical Society

Contact Information

  • Department of Neurosurgery
  • 1709 Dryden, Suite 750
  • Houston, TX 77030
  • Phone: 713-798-4696
  • Fax: 713-798-7305

Selected Publications

  • Huang FJ, Steeg PS, Price JE, Chiu WT, Chou PC, Xie K, Sawaya R, Huang S: Molecular basis for the critical role of suppressor of cytokine signaling-1 in melanoma brain metastasis. Cancer Res 68 (23): 9634-9642, 2008.

    Abou-Ghazal M, Yang DS, Qiao W, Reina-Ortiz C, Wei J, Kong LY, Fuller GN, Hiraoka N, Priebe W, Sawaya R, Heimberger AB: The incidence, correlation with tumor-infiltrating inflammation, and prognosis of phosphorylated STAT3 expression in human gliomas. Clin Cancer Res 14 (24): 8228-8235, 2008.

    Zhang Y, Zhang N, Dai B, Liu M, Sawaya R, Xie K, Huang S: FoxM1B transcriptionally regulates vascular endothelial growth factor expression and promotes the angiogenesis and growth of glioma cells. Cancer Res 68 (21): 8733-8742, 2008.

    Bögler O, Sawaya R: Foreward: Biomarkers and cancer stem cells in primary brain tumors. Curr Probl Cancer 32: 95-96, 2008.

    Nakamizo A, Amano T, Zhang W, Zhang XQ, Ramdas L, Liu TJ, Bekele BN, Shono T, Sasaki T, Benedict WF, Sawaya R, Lang FF: Phosphorylation of Thr18 and Ser20 of p53 in Ad-p53-induced apoptosis. Neuro-oncol 10 (3): 275-291, 2008.

    Mehta MP, Buckner JC, Sawaya R, Cannon G: Neoplasms of the central nervous system. In DeVita VT, Lawrence TS, Rosenberg SA, (eds). DeVita, Hellman, and Rosenberg's Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008, pp. 1975-2032.

    Sawaya R, Wildrick D: Metastatic brain tumors: surgery perspective. In Chin L, Regine W, (eds). Principles and Practice of Stereotactic Radiosurgery. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag, 2008, pp. 193-199.

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