Dr. Sunil Sheth
Dr. Sunil Sheth

A physician-scientist who specializes in brain injury has been recruited to the Department of Neurology and recognized as a Rising STAR by the University of Texas System.

Sunil Sheth, M.D. joins the department as an assistant professor and as part of his recruitment is being awarded a Rising STARS Award from the UT System. Sheth’s research focuses on using lipids rather than proteins to identify blood biomarkers of brain injury, a novel approach that could improve detection and treatment of traumatic brain injury and acute ischemic stroke.

The UT System Board of Regents created the Faculty Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STARs) Program in 2004 to help UT institutions attract and retain outstanding faculty. Awards, which can be used to purchase equipment and renovate facilities, require institutional support and are available to support the recruitment of tenure-track faculty members at any rank.

“The support of the STARS program really helps us recruit the most talented clinician-scientists in the country here to Texas,” said Louise McCullough, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Neurology and Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Distinguished Chair.

Originally from Houston, Sheth comes to McGovern Medical School from the University of California Los Angeles, where he completed his fellowship in interventional neuroradiology and also served as a clinical instructor. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was enrolled in the Health Sciences and Technology program. Sheth then received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship to study at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, after which he completed his internship in internal medicine at Stanford University and then finished his residency in neurology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was chief resident. He did his fellowship in vascular neurology at UCLA.

His clinical interests include ischemic stroke, intracranial hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, endovascular treatments for stroke and cerebral aneurysms, and spinal vascular malformations. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in neurology and vascular neurology.

“We believe that Dr. Sheth and our other outstanding investigators in this area will make UTHealth the ‘go to’ place for training the next generation of translational investigators in stroke and related areas,” McCullough said.

Sheth has published more than 25 manuscripts in such journals as CellNature BiotechnologyPlosONE, and the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery. He has received grants from the American Heart Association (AHA), Society for NeuroInterventional Surgery Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.

His numerous honors and awards include the AHA International Stroke Conference Junior Investigator Travel Award, American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Resident Scholarship Award, American Society of Neuroradiology Trainee Award, and the Henry Asbury Christian Award for Excellence in Independent Research from Harvard University.

“Dr. Sheth is an outstanding young clinician-scientist, and we are delighted to welcome him to our McGovern faculty,” Dean Barbara J. Stoll, M.D., said.