HOUSTON (August 08, 2013)

Ryan S. Kitagawa, MDThe Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of neurosurgeon Ryan S. Kitagawa, MD, to the medical staff, concurrent with his appointment as assistant professor in the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.

Specializing in neurotrauma and critical care, Kitagawa brings expertise in the treatment of head and spinal cord injuries. Further, he will be involved in the treatment of spinal fractures.

"Dr. Kitagawa is one of the few neurosurgeons who has completed a Neurotrauma fellowship, and his expertise will benefit our community," said Dong H. Kim, MD, director of the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and chair of neurosurgery at UTHealth Medical School. "His in-depth knowledge and training in this field, along with significant research interests will prove to be crucial assets to the Institute."

Kitagawa comes to Memorial Hermann-TMC and UTHealth from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where he served as a research fellow and completed his neurosurgery fellowship. A graduate of Northwestern University, he received his medical degree and neurosurgery training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition, Kitagawa participated as a member of research teams at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Northwestern University's Department of Biomedical Engineering.

"I am excited to welcome this exceptional physician to the MNI team," said Amanda Spielman, chief operating officer of neurosciences for Memorial Hermann Health System. "His passion for patient care and well-honed technical and operating skills will serve as key agents in continuing to provide our patients with the highest quality of neurological care available anywhere."