UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Caron, Jean-Louis

School of Medicine
Neurosurgery
(210) 560-4907
caron@uthscsa.edu /jlcaron@mac.com

I completed my neurosurgery training with a focus on epilepsy and stereotaxy at the Montreal Neurological Institute in 1985. I was awarded the Frank McGill Travel Award the Montreal General Hospital Research Institute and completed a clinical/research fellowship in cerebrovascular surgery with Drs. CG Drake at the University of Western Ontario. I then returned to McGill University as an assistant professor and joined the Division of Neurosurgery of the Montreal General Hospital under the leadership of my mentor Dr. JG Stratford. In 1995 I was promoted to associate professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery.

I have dedicated my career to the academic institution. As a clinician/educator I have been involved in medical student education and resident training and I have maintained a keen interest in evidence-based medicine. Throughout the years I have had the opportunity to serve on both McGill University and Universite de Montreal neurosurgery residency training committees. For many years, I was an examiner for the neurosurgery certification of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. From 2002 to 2004, during my Universite de Montreal?s tenure, I served as director of the neurosurgery resident training program.

My clinical and intellectual interests have been diverse and include functional/stereotactic surgery, radiosurgery, neurovascular surgery and minimally invasive spinal surgery. Very early in my career I realized that my ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment was a great asset.

During my 18 years tenure in Montreal (13 years at McGill University and 5 years at Universite de Montreal), and now 12 years at UT Health San Antonio, I established collaborative relationships with colleagues with expertise in epilepsy, movement disorders, vascular neurology, endovascular neurosurgery and radiation physics/oncology.

By creating multidisciplinary teams I was successful at establishing a carotid surgery program for neurosurgery residents, a comprehensive program in brain aneurysm surgery and treatment of cerebral arteriovenous malformations, and in close collaboration with colleagues in neurology, an integrated neurovascular unit.

I worked closely with radiation oncologists, medical physicists and their team, to establish the McGill Stereotactic Radiosurgery Unit. We were one the first to develop and apply a technique of fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy to treat lesions in sensitive areas of the brain.

Along with my mentor Dr. J Stratford, I was an important contributor to the establishment of the McGill Multidisciplinary Pain Center, working in close collaboration with one of the world leaders in the field, Prof. Ronald Melzack.

I have maintained ongoing interest in clinical research, both NIH/NINDS and industry funded, with significant contributions to landmark multicenter trials such as NASCET, ICSS, ISAT. I continue my collaborations with NIH grants from Johns Hopkins University studying surgical interventions for intracerebral hemorrhages. I serve on the executive and surgical advisory committees of the NINDS funded MISTIE II, III and CLEAR IVH III trials.

In May of 2004 I was appointed as Professor in the Center for Neurosurgical Sciences of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. As appointed Deputy Chair and Associate Director of the neurosurgery residency program (from 2004 to 2010), was given the mandate to assist the Chairperson with faculty recruitment and re-establishing the ACGME/RRC neurosurgical residency training program. Most of the work involved building a strong clinical practice, developing a comprehensive training curriculum, and faculty recruitment. By the January 2005 the Neurosurgery Training Program received complete accreditation by the ACGME/RRC and the Center for Neurosurgical Sciences was given the status of Department of Neurosurgery. The Department of Neurosurgery has been very successful at all levels: UT Health San Antonio, the state of Texas and nationally. Ten years later we have full accreditation to train a complement of 17 residents at all levels.

My training in epilepsy and functional surgery, as well as neurovascular surgery has prepared me well for my career path. I am a member of the Level IV South Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Center delivering, along with our epileptologists, state of the art clinical care and research. I also initiated our functional neurosurgery service line, recently recruiting a young dynamic neurosurgeon to assist in expanding the service. I take great pleasure to serve as a mentor to my neuro-endovascular and functional neurosurgery colleagues and always look forward to the next challenge that may arise.

9/2006 - Present Deputy Chair University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, Neurosurgery, San Antonio, TX
4/2005 - Present Neurosurgeon St. Luke`s Baptist Hospital, Neurosurgery, San Antonio, TX
5/2004 - Present Neurosurgeon University Hospital, Neurosurgery, San Antonio, TX
5/2004 - Present Professor University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Neurosurgery, San Antonio, TX