UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Parra, Augusto

School of Medicine
Neurosurgery
(210) 787-6924
parraa3@uthscsa.edu

I have faculty appointments in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology at the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio. I started the Neuro-ICU Program and Service at the same institution. I am the current director of the Neuroscience-ICU at UTHSCSA
I have clinical training in neurology, internal medicine and neuroscience critical care and stroke. Further, I have research training in epidemiology and bio-statistics, and enjoy study design and data analysis. I enjoy working in an academic environment and I have clinical and research interest in the critically ill neurosurgical and neurological patients. My clinical and basic research interests are the biology of acute cerebrovascular insults; the acute immune response after an acute cerebrovascular insult, and immune-modulation to ameliorate the secondary injury, secondary brain injury associated molecular pathways, neuro-protection, surrogate biomarkers, vascular reactivity and impact of an acute brain insult in the cardiovascular system. I have special research interest in delayed vasospasm associated to aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. I have worked with animal models and developed a clinical relevant model for the study of subarachnoid hemorrhage associate delayed vasospasm in mice and have been working on a rat brain dead model to study the systemic impact of becoming brain dead in the cardiovascular, pulmonary and endocrine systems.
I was born in Bogota Colombia, but now I am a U.S. Citizen. I am fluent in Spanish and English, as well as some knowledge of the German language.

10/2007 - Present Associate Professor (Tenure Track) Neurosurgery and Director of the Neurocritical Care Program University of Texas Health Science Center, Neurosurgery, San Antonio, TX
7/2007 - Present Adjunct Faculty Appointment Columbia University, Neurosurgery, New York, NY
7/2007 - Present Director, Neuroscience Critical Care University of Texas Health Science Center., Neurosurgery, San Antonio, TX