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Aneurysm survivor, family share kudos about UTMB Health neurologist

When Billy Plite had an aneurysm in 2019, one doctor stepped in to save his life. Dr. Hashem Shaltoni, a neurologist with UTMB Health, worked closely with Plite and his family before, during and after surgery to ensure Plite's condition was not just corrected but that he made a full recovery, as well. 

A husband, father and son, Plite had no shortage of loved ones rooting for him during this journey, and Dr. Shaltoni made sure to keep them all thoroughly updated throughout the entire process. 

Today, Plite is grateful to be alive, happy and healthy and he and his family credit the care provided to him by Shaltoni and the full UTMB Health team for making that possible. 

To show his appreciation, Plite recently nominated Dr. Shaltoni to be a recipient of the 2024 Joe Niekro Foundation's Patient's Choice Award, an honor awarded to clinicians throughout the area each year during the organization's annual Knuckle Ball Gala

To learn more about Plite's story, watch the video below. 


View Dr. Hashem Shaltoni's profile

Dr. Hashem Shaltoni is an interventional neurologist and a stroke specialist.

UTMB Health Neurology Services

There’s nothing benign about a brain injury


On the heels of brain injury awareness month, which is observed each year in March, a University of Texas Medical Branch Neurologist wants everyone to know how serious even seemingly mild injuries are to the brain.  

Often called “the silent injury,” brain injuries have left approximately five million Americans disabled.  

“I think the take-home message is, there’s nothing benign about a brain injury,” said Dr. Brent Masel, neurologist and professor of Neurology at the UTMB, “Be it just a mild concussion or be it something more severe.”  

Masel said that the most common symptoms of brain injury are cognitive loss, lack of concentration and fatigue. If someone is symptomatic, he suggests that they see a neurologist for a closer look. 

“The key is prevention,” he said, citing such common practices as using safety belts when in a moving vehicle. He says that falling is the most common cause of brain injuries in older people.  
Contact sports and risky behavior are main causes with younger people. Protective headgear should always be used when participating in possibly injurious activities like cycling, football and others.  

To learn more or to find a neurologist, visit the Neurology web page.  


View Dr. Brent Masel's profile

Dr. Brent Masel has conducted research and has approximately 50 publications in the areas of brain injury rehabilitation including virtual reality, hyperbaric oxygen treatment, sleep abnormalities, metabolic abnormalities, hormonal dysfunction, and the long-term medical issues from chronic brain injury.

UTMB Health Neurology Services

Advances in pediatric robotic surgery

UTMB Health's newest pediatric surgeon, Dr. Maria Carmen Mora, sat down with our partners with Houston Moms to talk about all things pediatric robotic surgery. Learn about why she's so passionate about the practice, how it benefits patients and what she and her colleagues are doing to champion the initiative here at UTMB. 

To learn more, watch the full discussion.  

View Maria Carmen Mora's profile

Dr. Maria Carmen Mora uses her extensive training, multicultural proficiency and compassionate nature to provide top-tier care that makes a lasting impact on the lives of young patients.

UTMB Health Pediatric Surgical Services

Five ways to keep your kidneys healthy

March is National Kidney Month! Did you know your kidneys filter all of your blood up to 25 times a day? So, yeah, they’re pretty important.

In this video, Dr. Ann Kathleen Gamilla-Crudo, a UTMB Health kidney specialist, shares five ways to keep your kidneys healthy

Dr. Ann Gamilla-Crudo

Dr. Gamilla-Crudo's clinical interests include glomerular diseases and renal and pancreas transplantation.

Heart health during & after pregnancy: What women need to know

While still rare, there's a rising number of women experiencing fatal heart issues during pregnancy, delivery and early postpartum.

In an effort to reverse this trend, UTMB Health is championing a cardio-obstetrics program, spearheaded by cardiologist Dr. Danielle El Haddad. Recently, Dr. El Haddad joined Meagan Clanahan, co-owner of digital media platform Houston Moms, to discuss:

  • How the cardio-obstetrics program works
  • Most recent stats on maternal mortality throughout Texas, the U.S. and the world
  • What symptoms or pre-existing conditions make individuals most at-risk
  • How women who are expecting or hope to get pregnant can protect themselves

To learn more, watch the full conversation.  

Cervical cancer 101 with Houston Moms

In honor of cervical cancer awareness month, which is recognized every January, OBGYN Dr. Marisol Carpio-Solis took some time out of her schedule to talk through the disease with our partners at Houston Moms about the disease.

Impacting the lower part of the uterus known as the cervix, cervical cancer is screened through a pap smear. The routine test, which is carried out on a sample of cells from the cervix, checks for abnormalities that may be indicative of cervical cancer.  

If a reading comes back abnormal or showing signs of cancer, a colposcopy is done to make a formal diagnosis.

Early stages of the disease often have no telling signs or symptoms, but individuals with advanced cases may experience abnormal bleeding or pelvic pain. 

Over 97% of cervical cancer cases stem from the human papilloma virus (HPV), so vaccination against the disease is urged in both male and female individuals ages 9 to 45.  

Health care providers follow the recommended number of vaccine doses, based on the individual's age:  

  • Individuals between the ages of 9-14: two shots  
  • Individuals who are 15 years of age or older: three shots 

Should someone be diagnosed with cervical cancer, treatment options will vary. Sometimes it’s curable with a hysterectomy; other times chemotherapy and radiation are required. 

To learn more, watch the full discussion.  

RSV immunizations - a chat with Houston Moms

Pediatrician Dr. Manuela Murray joined Meagan Clanahan, co-owner of Houston Moms, to discuss the recently approved RSV immunizations for babies. 

During the conversation, the women discussed: 

  • Who is eligible for the immunizations
  • Why this development is so important for families with babies
  • How this injection differs from the maternal RSV vaccine

    To learn more, watch the full video interview. 

Breast self awareness and screenings

Breast health radiologist Dr. Angelica Robinson and OBGYN Dr. Crystal Alvarez joined Meagan Clanahan, co-owner of Houston Moms, to discuss the latest guidelines surrounding screening mammograms, as well as the recommendation for patients to be "breast self-aware."

During the conversation, the women discussed a variety of topics including: 

  • The role OBGYNs play in helping a patient stay on top of their breast health
  • What "breast self-awareness" means
  • Screening mammography guidelines
  • Tips for women with dense breast tissue
  • 3D mammograms

To learn more, watch the full video interview.