Thomas S. Ellis

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Thomas S. Ellis

Thomas S. Ellis

M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.N.S.

Thomas S. Ellis, MD FACS, Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery is a fifth generation native Texan, born and raised in Dallas. A National Merit Commendee from Highland Park High School, he graduated with Honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering. After graduating first in his class at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, he completed his training in General Surgery there, as well.

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Dr. Ellis completed his training in Neurological Surgery at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, under the tutelage of world renowned neurosurgeons Dr. Edward R. Laws, Jr and Dr. Laligam Sekhar, where he was awarded the prestigious Hugo V. Rizzoli Award for Outstanding Achievement in Neurosurgical Training. As a founding investigator of the Harvey G. Ammerman Laboratory for Cranial Base and Cerebrovascular Research at The George Washington University, Dr. Ellis has helped train visiting neurosurgeons and neurosurgical residents from around the world, and continues to provide training at societal meetings. He continues to actively publish and present at national societal meetings.

His professional interests center around the treatment of cranial base lesions, aneurysm and vascular neurosurgery, pituitary surgery, radiosurgery, in addition to general cranial, spinal and pediatric neurosurgery.
Personally, Dr. Ellis’s life centers on his family. He enjoys kite surfing, hunting and camping.

Licensure Information: State of Texas – License No. H9911 (12/91), State of Maryland – License No. D44681 (6/93), District of Columbia – License No. 20929 (8/94)

Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery – November 1999

Areas of Specialty

Cranial Base Surgery
Cerebrovascular Surgery
Transphenoidal Surgery
Stereotactic RadioSurgery (GammaKnife and BrainLab certified)
Complex Spine Surgery
Pediatric Neurosurgery

Education, Internship & Residency

July 1996 – June 1997:
Chief Resident: Department of Neurosurgery, The George Washington University

July 1991 – June 1996:
Resident in Training: Department of Neurosurgery, The George Washington University

July 1990 – July 1991:
Surgical Internship: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

August 1986 – June 1990:
MD: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

August 1982 – May 1986:
BS with Honors: University of Texas at Austin
Major: Chemical Engineering

May 1982:
Highland Park High School
“Top Ten” Graduate

Honors & Activities

2011: “America’s Top Surgeons,” Consumer Research Council
2011: “Top Doc” in Neurosurgery, Fort Worth Magazine
2010: “America’s Top Surgeons,” Consumer Research Council
2010: “Top Doc” in Neurosurgery, Fort Worth Magazine
2009: “America’s Top Surgeons,” Consumer Research Council
2009: “Top Doc” in Neurosurgery, Fort Worth Magazine
2008: Completed Maintenance of Certification Requirements American Board of Neurological Surgery (Scored Highest score recorded for MOC Written Exam)
2008: “America’s Top Surgeons”, Consumer Research Council
2007: “Top Doc” in Neurosurgery, Fort Worth Magazine
2007: “America’s Top Surgeons”, Consumer Research Council
2006: “Top Doc” in Neurosurgery, Fort Worth Magazine
2006: “America’s Top Surgeons”, Consumer Research Council
2005: “Top Doc” in Neurosurgery, Fort Worth Magazine
2005: “America’s Top Surgeons”, Consumer Research Council
2004: “Top Doc” in Neurosurgery, Fort Worth Magazine
2004: “American’s Top Surgeons”, Consumer Research Council
2003: “Top Doc” in Neurosurgery, Fort Worth Magazine
2002: “Top Doc” in Neurosurgery, Fort Worth Magazine
2001: “Top Doc” in Neurosurgery, Fort Worth Magazine
2001: Fellowship, American College of Surgeons
1999: Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery

Memberships and Affiliations

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
North American Skull Base Society
International Society for RadioSurgery
International Federation of Neurological Surgeons
AANS/CNS Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery
AANS/CNS Joint Section on Trauma and Critical Care
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
Texas Medical Association
Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons
Tarrant County Medical Society
Phi Gamma Delta Social Fraternity

Hospital Appointments

Harris Methodist Fort Worth:
Chief, Division of Neurosurgery 2008-present
Chief, Division of Neurosurgery 2004 – 2006
Vice-Chief, Division of Neurosurgery, 2002-2004
Internal Review Board (2002)
Trauma Committee (1999 – present)
Operating Room Committee (1999 – present)
Value Analysis Committee (2004 – present)

Baylor All Saints Hospital Fort Worth
Baylor Surgical Hospital
Harris Methodist Southwest
Baylor All Saints Cityview Hospital
Cook Childrens’ Medical Center
Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Publications and Presentations

Ellis, TS: Neurosurgical management of vestibular schwannoma: A private practice perspective. Skull Base Surgery, April 2001.

Ellis TS: Aneurysms of the paraclinoidal segment of the internal carotid artery: A private practice perspective. Presented at the 50th Congress of Neurological Surgeons, San Antonio, Texas, 2000.

Ellis TS, Vezina G, Donahue DJ: Acute identification of cranial burst fracture: comparison between CT and MR imaging findings. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2000 Apr;21(4):795-801.

Ellis TS: Trans-zygomatic subtemporal approach for clip-ligation of giant P2 segment aneurysm: Case discussion and technical notes. Presented at North American Skull Base Society Meeting, Chicago, May 30 1999.

Ellis TS: Genesis of multiple cerebral aneurysms secondary to cardiac myxoma embolization: Twelve year angiographic natural history and review of the literature. Presented at the North American Skull Base Society Meeting, Chicago, May 31, 1999.

Ellis TS: Intracerebral Hemorrhage: Treatment and Management Controversies.
Congress of Neurological Surgeons, New Orleans, 1997.

Ellis TS, Schwartz A, Starr JK, Riedel CJ: Epithelioid Hemangio-
endothelioma of the Lumbar Vertebral Column: Case Report and Review of
Literature. Neurosurgery 38;2:402-407,1997.

Ellis TS, Donahue DJ: Spontaneous Intracranial Hemorrhage from Arteriovenous Malformations and Aneurysms. In: Orenstein JB, Klein BL, Mayer TA, eds. Pedistat. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders; 1997

Ellis TS, Riedel CJ: Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Discectomy: Preliminary
Laboratory and Clinical Studies. Presented at the American Association of
Neurological Surgeons Meeting, Orlando FL, April 1995.

Ellis TS, Riedel CJ: MRI based endplate Modic changes of the lumbar spine as predictors of outcome in spinal fusion. (submitted for publication)

Course Faculty: Anterior and Anterolateral Approaches to the Skull Base. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Orlando, April 1995.

Course Faculty: Posterior and Posterolateral Approaches to the Skull Base. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Montreal, September 1996.

Course Faculty: Anterior and Anterolateral Approaches to the Skull Base. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, New Orleans, September 1997.

Course Faculty: Anterior and Anterolateral Approaches to the Skull Base. American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Philadelphia, April 1998.

Course Faculty:
Posterior and Posterolateral Approaches to the Skull Base. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Seattle, September 1998.

Course Faculty: Posterior and Posterolateral Approaches to the Skull Base. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, San Antonio, September 2000.

Professional References

Edward R. Laws, Jr., M.D., FACS
Past President, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery

University of Virginia Health Sciences Center
Box 212
Charlottesville, VA

Laligam N. Sekhar, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery
The George Washington University Medical Center
2150 Pennsylvania Ave, NW #7-420
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 994-2210

Norman H. Horwitz, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Neurological Surgery
The George Washington University Medical Center
2150 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 994-4817

F. Donald Cooney, M.D.
The Neurosurgical Associates, P.C.
3 Washington Circle #306
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 223-1060

Media Appearances

OPRAH: Medical Miracles. First airing, November 9, 2000.
Your Health. “Roller Coasters and Neurologic Injury” WFAA, ABC Affiliate, Dallas-Fort Worth. June 2002
HealthWatch. “Inoperable Brain Tumor” KXAS, NBC Affiliate, Dallas-Fort Worth. August 15, 2001
HealthWatch. “Cell Phones and Brain Tumors” KXAS, NBC Affiliate, Dallas-Fort Worth. November 2000
HealthWatch. “Troy Aikman: Second Impact Syndrome” KXAS, NBC Affiliate, Dallas-Fort Worth. December 1999