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David F. Jimenez, M.D., FACS

Neurosurgery’s history begins with a “Story”

June 2014

by Will Sansom

Neurosurgery’s history in the School of Medicine dates back to the school’s infancy. The Division of Neurosurgery was founded in 1967 by Jim L. Story, M.D., at the Robert B. Green Hospital in downtown San Antonio. In 1974, the residency training program became fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Dr. Story trained nearly two dozen neurosurgery residents before his retirement in 1996.

In 2004, the School of Medicine recruited David F. Jimenez, M.D., FACS, (pictured above) from the University of Missouri. Since that time, Dr. Jimenez has built a Department of Neurosurgery that has 70 faculty, staff and residents and recently gained ACGME approval to expand to become one of the country’s largest neurosurgery residency programs. The department also obtained authorization to offer a prestigious spine fellowship.

In 2008, Department of Neurosurgery faculty agreed to staff the Baptist Health System’s Brain & Stroke Network, which provides neurosurgery support to stroke victims around the clock, 365 days a year. Prior to the network’s establishment, some stroke patients from Bexar County and the region were transferred to hospitals in other cities when care was not locally available.

  Jim L. Story, M.D.
Dr. Jim L. Story founded the Health Science Center's neurosurgery program in 1967.

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