Grand Rounds Videos

In an effort to enhance learning about new technologies and techniques within the neurosciences, The Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery and UTHealth Houston Neurosciences present faculty, residents, fellows and other students with the opportunity to hear neuroscience lectures from special guest speakers throughout the year.

Presentation Recordings


Educating the Next Generation of Neurosurgeons

Srinivas Prasad, MD, MS, Professor or Neurological and Orthopedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, joins UTHealth Houston Neurosciences grand rounds to discuss his Spine Academy platform, and to present on developing more effective teaching programs for neurosurgeons.



Evaluation of the Solitary Vertebral Lesion

UTHealth Houston Neurosciences Grand Rounds: Guest speaker Kaye Westmark, MD, a neuroradiologist with UTHealth Houston, discusses developing an organized approach to forming a differential diagnosis for the solitary vertebral lesion.



Strategies to Avoid Complications in Adult Spine Deformity Surgery

UTHealth Houston Neurosciences Grand Rounds: Guest speaker Justin Smith, MD, PhD, FAANS, Harrison Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair and Chief of Spine Division at the University of Virginia, joins UTHealth Houston Neurosciences grand rounds to present on avoiding complications in adult spine deformity surgery.


Augmented Reality In Spinal Surgery

UTHealth Houston Neurosciences Grand Rounds: Guest speaker Timothy F. Whitham, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery, and Director of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Spine Program and Neurosurgery Spinal Fusion Laboratory discusses the current state of augmented reality as a tool for spine surgery.


Congenital Anomalies of the Brain

UTHealth Houston Neurosciences Grand Rounds: Congenital Anomalies of the Brain with UTHealth Houston’s Roy Riascos, MD, Professor of Radiology and Neurosurgery, Vice Chair, Department of DII and Chief of Neuroradiology.


Venous Sinus Stenting in Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension

UTHealth Houston Neurosciences Grand Rounds: Speaker and neuroendovascular fellow Sal D’Amato, MD, discusses the epidemiology and pathogenesis of idiopathic intracranial hypertension, the role of venous sinus stenting and new clinical research in the area.


MRI Physics: The Basics

UTHealth Houston Neurosciences Grand Rounds: Guest speaker and neuroradiologist Kaye Westmark, MD, discusses where the signal comes from in a clinical MRI, what T1 and T2 images, how inversion recovery images are made, and how to understand the appearance of blood products on MR imaging.


Minimally Invasive and Robotic Spinal Surgery with Guest Speaker Mohamad Bydon, MD

UTHealth Houston Neurosciences Grand Rounds: Neurosurgical Practice and Research with guest speaker Mohamad Bydon, MD, Charles B. And Ann L. Johnson Professor of Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Health Services Research at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.


Modern Management of Spinal Cord Injury with Joseph Withrow, MD

UTHealth Houston Neurosciences Grand Rounds: Dr. Joseph Withrow discusses spinal cord injury treatment, including the importance of preventing secondary injury to help deliver the best possible outcome. Dr. Withrow also discusses recent studies related to predicting outcomes, as well as minimizing time to decompression.