Neurosurgery Faculty and Staff


Joel T. Patterson, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Otolaryngology

Chief and Program Director, Division of Neurosurgery
Samuel R. Snodgrass, MD Professorship in Neurosurgery
Medical School: The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
Residency Program: The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
Clinical Interests: Dr. Patterson specializes in the treatment of spinal disorders (degenerative, traumatic and oncological). He has vast experience in the treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors, neurocritical care patients and pain disorders.

Research Interests: Pathophysiology and neuroanatomy of chronic radiculopathy

Ella Englander, PhD

Professor; Director, Molecular Biology, Shriners Hospitals for Children

PhD: Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
Postgraduate: National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland
Research Projects: DNA damage and repair in the central nervous system; Oxidative stress and neuroprotection; Genotoxic effects of smoke inhalation injury in the brain

Aaron Mohanty, MD

Aaron Mohanty, MD

Assistant Professor, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Medical School: SCB Medical College, Cuttack, India
Residency Program: National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences, Bangalore, India
Clinical Interests: Dr. Mohanty is well known both at national and international forums for his expertise in pediatric neurosurgery particularly in the field of endoscopic neurosurgery, the treatment of complex hydrocephalus and minimally invasive neurosurgery

Current Professional Activities / Committees:
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Member, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Member, International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
Member, Neurological Society of India
Member, Indian Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Member, Asian Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Member, Indian Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Research Interests: Endoscopic neurosurgery; hydrocephalus

Juan Ramon Ortega-Barnett, MD

Juan Ramon Ortega-Barnett, MD

Assistant Professor

Medical School: LaSalle University Medical School, Mexico City, Mexico
Residency Program: General Surgery: West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia; Neurosurgery: Pittsburgh Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Special Interests: Treatment of cranial nerve disorders, spinal surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, minimally invasive surgery as well as neurotrauma and neurovascular surgery with special interest in brain and spinal tumors.

Languages: Spanish (Espanol)



Adjunct Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery

Medical School: McGill University, Montreal (Canada)
Residency Program: The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
Fellowship: University of Arkansas (Skull Base)
Clinical Interests: Skull Base, Complex tumor pathology, Minimally invasive spine
Special Interests: Instruction in complex surgical approaches in the Skull Base Laboratory

Languages: English/French

Division Staff

Residency Coordinator: Deborah G. Turney (409) 772-3160
Administrative Secretary: Diana G. Crowell (409) 772-1500

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