Izabela Tarasiewicz, M.D., joined the Department of Neurosurgery in February of 2015. She is an accomplished physician and the medical director of neurosurgery at North Central Baptist Hospital.
Dr. Tarasiewicz specializes in pediatric neurosurgery. Her skill set focuses on the management of spinal dysraphism and congenital malformations of the central nervous system, such as spinal bifida, spasticity, hydrocephalus, intracranial arachnoid cysts, pediatric neuro-trauma, pediatric neuro-oncology, vascular malformations, and epilepsy.
One of her foremost research goals is to redefine the standard of care for children afflicted with tethered spinal cord syndrome. She is currently collaborating with pediatric urologists regarding the use of preoperative urodynamic studies in this patient population.
She obtained her medical degree from Université de Sherbrooke, Canada and completed her residency training in neurological surgery at Université Laval in Québec City, Canada. She went on to complete a postgraduate fellowship in Pediatric Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University / Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She is board certified by both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. Additionally, she is fluent in English, French and Polish.
She is currently working to further develop the pediatric neurosurgery program in San Antonio and the South Texas region, build a comprehensive, multidisciplinary tethered cord clinic and a multidisciplinary spasticity clinic and establish an all-volunteer program to perform neurosurgical procedures for children in underprivileged regions of the world.
Dr. Tarasiewicz enjoys teaching medical students and residents. She is a member of the following organizations: The International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery, The American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery, The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and The Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons.