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A History of Firsts

Our history of firsts includes:

  • The first Stroke Center in Houston and one of the first dedicated stroke programs in the world.
  • The first and only hospital in the Texas Medical Center to receive State of Texas designation as a primary stroke center.
  • The first in Houston to offer amyloid imaging, a new diagnostic tool that enables physicians to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and will give researchers insights into how they might one day prevent the disorder.
  • The first center to conduct a national, multicenter trial for hypothermia in head injury.
  • The first neurosurgery center to offer all advanced modalities of treatment – expert microsurgery, interventional neuroradiology/endovascular surgery and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery – for complex lesions.
  • The North American leader in studies of primary progressive multiple sclerosis and the most active center in Texas in the conduct of organized clinical trials of new therapies for MS.
  • The first facility in Houston and one of the first in the United States to test the clot- dissolving drug tPA for acute stroke.
  • The first center in Houston to test and prove the efficacy of three disparate treatments for stroke prevention: carotid surgery; administration of antiplatelet drugs, including aspirin; and patent foramen ovale closure.
  • The first facility in the region to do vagus nerve stimulation. We remain the No. 1 program in the United States in the number of vagal nerve stimulators implanted in epilepsy patients.
  • We brought the first clinical magnetoencephalography (MEG) sensor to Houston and recently updated the technology to the new Magnes 3600 WH.
  • We house one of only a few inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Units in the country with the unique capability of simultaneously performing electroencephalography and polysomnography.
  • TIRR Memorial Hermann is the only hospital in Houston – and one of only seven designated centers in the nation – in the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network.