PGY-4 Neurosurgery Residents

Robert Funk

Robert Funk, M.D.

Education: M.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; B.S., Biochemistry, University of Georgia

Professional Organizations: American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons


Hergenroeder G, Redell JB, Moore AN, Dubinsky WP, Funk RT, Crommett J, Clifton GL, Levine R, Valadka A, Dash PK. Identification of serum biomarkers in brain-injured adults: potential for predicting elevated intracranial pressure. J Neurotrauma. 2008 Feb;25(2):79-93.

Levine R, Funk RT, Hergenroeder G, and Hursting M. Emergency Department Awareness of Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia: How Frequently Is Risk Assessment Documented in Patients With Thrombosis? American Journal of Medical Quality September/October 2010 25: 365-369, first published on June 3, 2010.

Ankur Patel, M.D.

Ankur Patel, M.D.

Education: M.D., UT Southwestern Medical School; B.S., Magna Cum Laude, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania


  • T-35 Training Grant Slot (06/09, grant to pursue independent research) 
  • UTSW Alumni Scholarship (08/08)
  • Bioengineering Senior Design Award (05/08)
  • Alpha Eta Mu Beta (05/08; Biomedical Engineering Honor Society)
  • Tau Beta Pi (12/07; Engineering Honor Society)
  • University of Pennsylvania Dean’s List (2006–07, 2007–08)
  • Research Opportunities in Penn Engineering Award (04/07, grant to pursue independent research) 
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholar (2005)

Professional Organizations: Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons


Cullen DK, Tang-Schomer MD, Struzyna LA, Patel AR, Johnson VE, Wolf JA, Smith DH. Micro-tissue engineered constructs with living axons for targeted nervous system reconstruction. Tissue Engineering Part A, August 2012. [Epub]

Tang-Schomer MD, Patel AR, Baas PW, Smith DH. Mechanical breaking of microtubules in axons during dynamic stretch injury underlies delayed elasticity, microtubule disassembly, and axon degeneration. FASEB J 24(5):1401-10, May 2010.

Dill J, Patel AR, Yang X, Bachoo R, Powell CM, Li S. A molecular mechanism for ibuprofen-mediated RhoA inhibition in neurons. Journal of Neuroscience 30(3):963-72, January 2010.

Cullen DK, Patel AR, Doorish JF, Smith DH, Pfister BJ. Developing a tissue engineered neural-electrical relay using encapsulated neuronal constructs on conducting polymer fibers. Journal of Neural Engineering 5(4):374-84, December 2008.