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Cancer; Plastic Surgery

A 'moonshot' surgery makes life whole again for Dallas couple

Cancer caused a hole in Ralph Cousins' head about the diameter of a coffee can. It almost killed him. But two talented and determined surgeon from UT Southwestern reconstructed his skull and the 71-year-old Dallas man is back traveling, volunteering, and playing with his grandkids.

Cancer

Frisco RoughRiders exec stares down thyroid cancer with help of his UT Southwestern 'team'

Frisco RoughRiders COO Scott Burchett found out he had thyroid cancer two days before he learned his wife was pregnant with twins. In his time of emotional turmoil, he turned to UT Southwestern's team of nationally recognized physicians to help him stare down the disease and become the dad he always hoped to be.

Cancer; Prevention

Specialist spotlight: Paging Dr. Ana Islam

Dr. Ana Islam is an endocrine surgeon at UT Southwestern Frisco specializing in treating patients with thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal gland disorders.

Digestive

Specialist spotlight: Paging Dr. Magdalena Espinoza

Dr. Magdalena Espinoza is a gastroenterologist with expertise in treating digestive and liver conditions. She practices at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Frisco, Texas.

Eyes and Vision

Specialist spotlight: Paging Dr. Serdar Dogan

Dr. S. Serdar Dogan is an ophthalmologist who specializes in LASIK and treatment of cataracts and corneal conditions. He practices at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Frisco and treats both adult and pediatric patients.

Back and Spine

Specialist spotlight: Paging Dr. Shaleen Vira

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Shaleen Vira has dual faculty appointments – in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery – and he is also Director of Spine Surgery Research. He leads multidisciplinary efforts to develop ways to make spine surgery safer and more effective. He practices spine care at UT Southwestern in Frisco, one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.

Plastic Surgery

Years after high-voltage accident, a proud man's power is restored

Two generations of UT Southwestern surgeons saved Willie Gloria from the effects of a devastating electrical fire – one helped him keep his arm after massive burns; the other helped him regain the mobility and function in his body so he can still play catch with his son.

Prevention

‘The Voice’ of Frisco inspires millions with her songs, and her superpower

Frisco, Texas, native Maelyn Jarmon won Season 16 of The Voice on NBC, despite being deaf in one ear. Her voice captivated coach John Legend and millions of viewers around the country.

Transplant

Complex liver transplant gives Frisco man new lease on life

Of the 7,000 liver transplants that take place nationwide every year, only 1 percent address bile duct cancer in the same surgery. Dr. Parsia Vagefi brought the new surgical protocol for bile duct cancer and liver disease to UT Southwestern in 2018 and he was able to save Frisco resident Juan Cueto with a new liver by transplant and surgically removing the bile duct.

Prevention

Glulams grow in Frisco: An uplifting tale of timber at the new UTSW Medical Center

The glulams featured at UT Southwestern Frisco were cut by hand from Douglas Firs that stood nearly 200 feet tall and 8 feet in diameter.