About Our Affiliated Hospitals
The following are brief descriptions of the four hospitals with which the Department of Neurosurgery has formal affiliations. For more information regarding hospital admissions, outpatient procedures, preregistering and diagnostic tests, please see patient information.
Ben Taub Hospital
Shankar P. Gopinath, M.D.
Chief of Neurosurgical Service
Claudia S. Robertson, M.D.
Director, Center for Neurosurgical Intensive Care
Ben Taub Hospital is an acute care facility within the Harris Health System offering one of only two Level 1 Trauma Centers in the Houston, Harris County area. With five highly specialized, state of the art trauma suites, 625 licensed beds and 11 operating rooms, Ben Taub is one of the nation's busiest trauma centers. More than 100,000 patients are treated in Ben Taub's emergency center each year. The Ben Taub Hospital Neurosurgical Service is housed on the fourth floor of the hospital near the Center for Neurosurgical Intensive Care and the operating room facilities.
The hospital is dedicated to providing care to all residents of Harris County regardless of their ability to pay. Patients with aneurysms, tumors, complex spine problems, and head and spinal injuries comprise the majority of neurosurgical admissions.
The Ben Taub Center for Neurosurgical Intensive Care is a world-renowned, 16-bed unit fully equipped with advanced monitoring systems including jugular venous saturation monitoring, intracranial pressure monitoring, Doppler ultrasonography, microdialysis and nuclear perfusion studies. The primary focus of the Center is to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms and prevention of secondary injuries to the brain following head injury. The center cares for more than 600 patients each year. For more information see Harris Health System.
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Alfonso Fuentes, M.D.
Chief of Neurosurgery
The primary healthcare provider for more than 50,000 veterans, the Michael E. Debakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center operates a state-of-the-art facility with 380 licensed acute care, medical and surgical beds, a 120-bed long-term care unit and a 40-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center. Veterans from all around the country are referred to the Michael E. DeBakey Veteran's Affairs Medical Center for specialized diagnosis and treatment.
The Michael E. Debakey VA Neurosurgical Service has a designated operating suite fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including a ceiling mounted C-arm, intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring, a complete stereotactic unit and a transcranial Doppler. The surgical intensive care unit features modern monitoring equipment, computerized record keeping and a computerized x-ray system providing physicians immediate access to films at terminals throughout the hospital. The DeBakey VA is a major referral center for neurosurgical patients suffering from conditions such as spinal cord injury and disease, Parkinson's disease and stroke. For more information see Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.
Texas Children's Hospital
Howard L. Weiner, M.D.
Chief of Neurosurgical Service
Licensed for 737 beds, Texas Children's Hospital is the largest pediatric hospital in the United States. Since opening its doors in 1954, the internationally recognized hospital has treated more than 1 million children from all over the world.
The Texas Children's Neurosurgery Clinic, located in the Clinical Care Center evaluates and manages children with any potential surgical disorders of the nervous system, including brain and spinal tumors, congenital abnormalities of the brain, skull and spine, vascular disorders including malformations and moyamoya disease, hydrocephalus, functional abnormalities like spasticity, and injuries of the brain, skull, spine, spinal cord or nerves. The Pediatric Neurosurgery Service at Texas Children's Hospital works with many other departments to support multidisciplinary clinics for the management of tumors, neurofibromatosis, epilepsy, craniofacial disorders, spina bifida and spasticity. For more information see Texas Children's Hospital.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Raymond Sawaya, M.D.
Chief of Neurosurgical Service
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has cared for more than 520, 000 cancer patients since the first patient was admitted in 1944. The center now operates more than 5.2 million square feet of space including the 468-bed main campus, multiple outpatient centers, diagnostic treatment and support units and more than six research laboratories.
The Department of Neurosurgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center, established in 1989, addresses all aspects of neurosurgical oncology. The Brain Tumor Center is composed of 37 faculty from eight departments. Several specific programs have also been developed, including a skull-base program under the direction of Dr. Franco DeMonte, a spinal program under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Rhines, and a stereotactic/radiosurgery program under the direction of Dr. Raymond Sawaya. For more information see MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center - Our Private Adult Hospital
Daniel Yoshor, M.D.
Chief of Neurosurgery Service
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center strives to enhance community health by delivering superior value in high-quality, cost-effective acute care serving the greater Houston area and the global community based on the principles of integrity, valuing people, excellence and goal orientation.
Baylor St. Luke's is equipped to handle a wide spectrum of patients from low-risk to acute care. Physicians in 23 services in more than 40 specialties are supported by some of the most advanced technologies available. In 2001, St. Luke's cared for approximately 32,879 inpatients and received more than 220,000 outpatient and emergency room visits. More than 4,000 staff members and 450 volunteers provide direct patient care and support services in a healing atmosphere of compassion and concern.
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine have been affiliated since 1961, and have recently entered into a new affiliation agreement. For more information see Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center.