David F. Jimenez, MD is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery in the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. He received his B.A. in psychobiology from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1980 and his M.D. from the Temple University School of Medicine in 1985. He completed his general surgery internship and neurosurgery residency at Temple University Hospital and was neurosurgery chief resident in 1990-91. Further training included a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery and a fellow of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Jimenez came to the Health Science Center from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, where he was a faculty member from 1992 to 2004. He served in many roles, including co-director of the pediatric neuro-oncology program at Children’s Hospital, director of the neurosurgery training residency program, co-director of the Center for Craniofacial Disorders at Children’s Hospital, and director of the surgical epilepsy program in the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics.
His clinical interests in general neurosurgery include complex adult spine cases, brain tumors, epilepsy and peripheral nerve surgery. His interests in pediatric neurosurgery include craniofacial surgery, brain tumors, epilepsy and congenital cranial deformities.
His many awards and honors include America’s Top Doctors, Best Doctors in America, Top Doctors in San Antonio - Pediatric Neurosurgeon, the Continuing Education Award in Neurosurgery from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Service Quality Award from University of Missouri Health Care and the Texas Medical Association award for service to physicians-in-training. Dr. Jimenez pioneered minimally invasive surgery for the congenital abnormality craniosynostosis. He created a multidisciplinary team to surgically treat disadvantaged children in the Philippines during the 1990s. He has dedicated his distinguished career to academic medicine and the training of the next generation of neurosurgeons.
Izabela Tarasiewicz, MD, FRCS, Associate Professor, joined the Department of Neurosurgery in February of 2015.
Dr. Tarasiewicz is an accomplished neurosurgeon and focuses her skills exclusively in pediatric neurosurgery on the management of spinal dysraphism and congenital malformations of the central nervous system such as spinal bifida, spasticity, neuroendoscopy in the surgical management of hydrocephalus and intracranial arachnoid cysts, pediatric neuro-trauma, pediatric neuro-oncology, vascular malformations and epilepsy.
Dr. Tarasiewicz research interests are related to tethered cords in children. She is currently working closely with pediatric urology to redefine the standard of care and use of preoperative urodynamic studies in the tethered cord patient population.
Dr. Tarasiewicz obtained her medical degree from Université de Sherbrooke, Canada and completed her residency training in neurological surgery at Université Laval, in Québec City, Canada. She then went on to complete a postgraduate fellowship in Pediatric Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University/Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and is board certified by both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. She is fluent in English, French and Polish.
She is currently working to:
- Further develop the pediatric neurosurgery program in San Antonio and the South Texas region;
- Build a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary tethered cord clinic and a multidisciplinary spasticity clinic;
- Establish an all-volunteer program to perform neurosurgical procedures for children in underprivileged regions of the world.
In addition Dr. Tarasiewicz is actively involved and enjoys teaching medical students and residents. She s a member of the following local, national and international organizations: The International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery, The American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery, The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and The Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons.