Specialty Procedures and Treatments:
- Acute and complex stroke treatment
- Mechanical Thrombectomy
- Carotid Endarterectomy
- Carotid Stenting
- Arterial Venous Malformations embolization and surgery
- Aneurysm Coiling and Clipping
- Brain tumor removal
- Gillian Barre
- Myasthenia gravis
- Status epileptics
Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit:
Our team of specialized experts provides around-the-clock care for an 8-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. This unit is for patients recovering from stroke, brain surgery, ruptured and non-ruptured aneurysms, seizures, and nervous system infections. The neurology team manages the critical care of these patients 24/7.
Our goal is the best outcome possible.
With a patient-centered focus, our team builds a relationship with the patient and family to determine the most appropriate goals for the patient’s care. Physical and occupational therapies mobilize patients as early as possible and identifies rehabilitative needs. Speech therapists and dieticians provide guidance on swallowing function and nutrition.
Major Complications Rates:
University Medical Center of El Paso is dedicated to fostering better outcomes for patients through its Comprehensive Stroke Center, which is recognized by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association.
Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center
As a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, UMC’s team specializes in life-saving stroke care and works in a timely manner to diagnose, treat and provide early rehabilitation to stroke patients. Team members include neurointerventionalists, neurologist, neurosurgeons, emergency medicine physicians and specially trained nursing staff. UMC's Rehabilitation Department also plays an important role in stroke recovery, providing therapy services such as physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy to stroke patients. These services are initiated early on to start the recovery process. With our team of experts, a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment and state-of-the-art equipment we are able to provide life-saving stroke care to the El Paso community and residents of the region.
Additionally, UMC is the first and only hospital in El Paso to have 24/7 neurointervention, stroke, neurocritical care and neurology coverage. The Neurology program is rapidly growing and committed to providing life-saving care to victims of stroke.
Salvador Cruz-Flores, MD
Dr. Cruz is currently a Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Neurology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. His expertise is in neurology, stroke neurology and neurocritical care. He is committed to the compassionate and competent care of stroke and critically ill neurological patients with the goal of achieving patient centered outcomes through a team approach to care. Medical School Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México, Monterrey, México 1979-1985Internship Residency Internal Medicine Residency, Hospital UniversitarioUniversidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México, Monterrey, México 1987-1990Neurology Residency, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México, Monterrey, México 1990-1992Neurology Residency, Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, St. Louis, Missouri 1993-1996 Fellowship Cerebrovascular Diseases and Neurologic Intensive Care, Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, St. Louis, Missouri 1996-1997Epidemiology, Seminar in Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (AHA), Tahoe City, California 2006Medical Business Ethics, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri 2011 Other Education Master of Public Health (Epidemiology), Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri 2010 Board Certification American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Neurology and Vascular Neurology,United Council of Neurological Specialties: Neurocritical Care and NeuroimagingAmerican Society of Neuroimaging: Neurosonology; CT and MRI Societies American Academy of Neurology, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Society of Neuroimaging, Neurocritical Care Society, American College of Physicians, World Stroke Organization Honors Sidney W Souers Endowed Chair, 2010-2013, Saint Louis University School of MedicineHugh McCullock Award, American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate, 2010Fellow of American Heart Association,Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Fellow of the American Neurological Association Hospitals University Medical Center of El Paso