The Synapse
Chairman's Message
A Message from the Chairman,
Gavin W. Britz, M.B.B.Ch, M.P.H.

Brain Machine Interface TechnologyPublications

Grand Rounds PresentationNeurosurgery Residents – Class of 2020 • Annual Skull Base CourseThe History of the Development of Bipolar Coagulation
In the News
Robert G. Grossman, M.D., Receives Distinguished Service AwardVideo Case Studies

Staff Spotlight – Diann KellyStaff Spotlight – Todd W. Trask, M.D.

A Message from the Chairman
Gavin W. Britz, M.B.B.Ch, M.P.H

The football season is now well underway. Football is truly a team sport and often the words "depth of the team" are mentioned in determining the success of the team. This made me think of the team of neurosurgeons I have the privilege of representing and it is amazing how deep the team is I work with.
Nearly $700,000 to University of Houston and Houston Methodist Will Help Develop Brain Machine Interface Technology

The Cullen Foundation and The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research are now supporting a brain-machine interface project that University of Houston and Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute scientists hope will someday help quadriplegics walk.

Through their work in state-of-the-art laboratories and collaborations with academic research centers worldwide, the physicians and researchers within the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute are leading advances and innovations in neurosurgery.
Grand Rounds Presentation

At Houston Methodist, educational opportunities for residents and faculty are presented regularly and include Grand Rounds, Radiosurgery Conferences, Neurosurgery Didactic Teaching Conferences and Neurosurgery Educational Series. Each of these has a different academic role, from presenting the latest research findings in neuroscience to studying neurosurgical techniques and practice.

Click here to view video of past Grand Rounds Presentations.
Neurosurgery Residents – Class of 2020

We are excited to introduce our new class of neurosurgery residents, Zain Boghani, M.D., and William Steele, M.D.
Endoscopic and Microsurgical Approaches to the Clivus
Annual Skull Base Course for Residents and Fellows

November 23–24, 2013

This hands-on cadaveric skull base course is designed to educate participating senior neurosurgery residents and fellows.
The History of the Development of Bipolar Coagulation at The Methodist Hospital
James Greenwood, M.D., was chief of the neurosurgical service at Houston Methodist Hospital from the 1930s until 1980. Dr. Greenwood was instrumental in the development of two-point electorcoagulation forceps.

When Greenwood began his neurosurgical practice, electrocoagulation of bleeding vessels was done using a "unipolar" coagulation system that used the patient's body as one pole of the electrical current and a ball-ended coagulation device as the other.
Robert G. Grossman, M.D., Receives Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Robert G. Grossman, professor of neurosurgery at the Houston Methodist Hospital, received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award of The Society of University Neurosurgeons for his decades of service as a clinician, teacher and researcher.
Video Case Studies

View video clips of this edition's neurosurgical case studies.

Vascular Lesion of the Brain Removed Through an Opening Smaller than a Dime
Transcervical Transternal Anterior Discectomy and Fusion
Staff Spotlight – Diann Kelly, Operations Manager

We are excited to recognize Diann Kelly in our second edition of The Synapse. Diann is the Operations Manager of the Department of Neurosurgery and has been a dedicated member of the team for nineteen years.
Staff Spotlight – Todd W. Trask, M.D.

Dr. Todd Trask is a board certified neurosurgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of epilepsy, trigeminal neuralgia, and brain and spinal tumors, as well as microsurgery of cerebral aneurysms, and arteriovenous malformations. Dr. Trask performed one of the earliest studies on the use of gene therapy in the treatment of brain tumors.