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Neurosurgery residency training at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

  • The Division of Neurosurgery was founded in 1967 by Jim L. Story, M.D., at the Robert B. Green Hospital in downtown San Antonio. The Robert B. Green is now the University Health Center Downtown.
  • In 1974 the Residency Training Program became fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Residents are physicians who gain specialty training after receiving their M.D. degrees.
  • To date, 20 neurosurgeons have been trained. They are preeminent surgeons who practice around the country; some in the military, some in academic neurosurgery and others in private practice.
  • Neurosurgery residencies are among the longest and most rigorous in medicine, lasting either six or seven years. A seventh-year neurosurgery resident, Glenn Harper, M.D., assisted with the operation on Michele Angeloni.
  • Under Dr. Story's leadership, the division grew and clinical research in the aras of cerebrovascular surgery and the surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease flourished. Under the direction of Dr. Eduardo Eidelberg laboratory research evolved in the area of movement and movement disorders. Dr. Story initiated the program in the surgical treatment of epilepsy, which Dr. G. Alexander West has continued.
  • After 29 years as division chief, Dr. Story resigned and Dennis G. Vollmer, M.D., became his successor. A graduate of the Health Science Center's Medical School (1979), Dr. Vollmer completed neurosurgery training at the University of Virginia, then joined the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He returned to the Health Science Center in 1996.
  • Dr. Vollmer has special expertise and national recognition in the management of complex spinal problems, and the most advanced procedures for spinal disease are performed under his supervision.
  • The division continues to grow and prosper under Dr. Vollmer's direction. Recently the division acquired the latest equipment for frameless stereotaxy, and a program in stereotactic functional neurosurgery for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders is in development.
  • Other members of the Division of Neurosurgery include Willis E. Brown Jr., M.D., who was invited to join Dr. Story in 1974 from the University of Minnesota and who remains today as professor; G. Alexander West, M.D., Ph.D., who came from the University of Washington in Seattle; and Christopher A. Bogaev, M.D., who joined the division this year after completing residency at the University of Virginia and a cranial skull base fellowship at George Washington University.