Ramsey Ashour, MD

Portrait of Ramsey Ashour, MD

Ramsey Ashour, MD

Assistant Professor

Surgery & Perioperative Care   

Ramsey Ashour, MD is an assistant professor at UT Austin Dell Medical School and an active member of the Education Committee for the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care. He is also Chief of Cerebrovascular Surgery at Seton Brain and Spine Institute. 

TRAINING AND CLINICAL FOCUS:

Dr. Ashour, a UT Austin alum, completed his neurosurgical residency training at the University of Miami and during his time there developed strong interests in cerebrovascular and skull base/tumor surgery. After residency, Dr. Ashour moved to Boston in order to complete a neurointerventional radiology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He then moved to Tampa to complete a fellowship in complex cranial surgery at the University of South Florida. 

Dr. Ashour specializes in treating all aspects of cerebrovascular disease, whether by open surgical or endovascular means, including ischemic/hemorrhagic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and fistulas, cavernomas, carotid artery stenosis, and Moyamoya disease, among others. He is one of a select group of dual-trained neurosurgeons in the country able to offer both surgical and minimally invasive endovascular solutions to complex cerebrovascular disease. 

Furthermore, Dr. Ashour specializes in treating complex brain tumors and skull base lesions, whether by traditional open or minimally invasive endoscopic techniques, including meningiomas, pituitary tumors, acoustic neuromas, trigeminal schwannomas, glomus tumors, chordomas, gliomas, craniopharyngiomas, and metastases, among others. He hopes to help fulfill Austin’s burgeoning need for complex cranial neurosurgical care at the highest level.

CONDITIONS TREATED:

Cerebral aneurysm clipping/coiling/stenting

Carotid artery stenting/endarterectomy

Mechanical stroke thrombectomy

Cerebral bypass surgery

Cerebral AVM embolization/surgery

Spinal vascular lesions

Neurointerventional radiology

Brain tumors

Brain tumor embolization

Endoscopic neurosurgery

Skull base tumor surgery

Chiari/Hydrocephalus/Pseudotumor

Cranial and spinal trauma

Degenerative spinal disease

RESEARCH AND TEACHING:

Dr. Ashour has demonstrated consistent academic scholarship, leadership, and dedication to teaching throughout his career. His bibliography includes dozens of peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and abstracts, and he has participated as a co-investigator in several IRB-approved clinical research protocols/trials. He has served as a student mentor, academic tutor, and course instructor at every level of higher education and has given many academic presentations in a variety of settings. He serves as mentor for students and trainees across the continuum of educational levels and environments. 

PASSION FOR HEALTHCARE:

During medical school, I was repeatedly humbled by the resilience of patients with neurological disease. I felt neurological patients tended to face some of the most difficult situations in medicine, and they stood to lose a lot without excellent treatment. I recognized and wanted to share in the great privilege of constantly battling to prevent death, enhance quality of life, alleviate pain, improve mobility, and preserve higher brain function in these patients. The sense of direct impact and the enormous responsibility of neurosurgical intervention all captured my innermost passions.

MOTIVATION FOR JOINING DMS FACULTY:

As a passionate clinician, researcher, and educator, I am determined to help redefine the future of medicine in all of these realms. In Austin, I see a tremendous opportunity to contribute to our community by providing the highest level of care across the spectrum of neurosurgical conditions, from the most basic to the most complex problems. I envision implementing clinical pathways that prioritize value to patients instead of volume of services delivered. I see boundless opportunities at UT to collaborate with investigators in the natural sciences and engineering colleges, particularly in the realms of device development, translational research, and 3D-printed cerebrovascular applications. Finally, teaching is the heart and soul of my interest in academics, and I am eager to train and learn from the next generation of leaders in medicine and surgery.