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

Publications:

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

Honors/Awards: 

  • 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

Publications:

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.