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Thomas J. Gianaris, M.D.

Neurosurgeon Texas Back Institute
2925 E. Broad St. Suite 101 Mansfield, Texas 76063515 W. Mayfield Rd. Suite 404 Arlington, Texas 76014 Phone: 682-518-1215 Fax: 682-518-0132


| Practicing Locations: Mansfield
| Personal Quote:
“There are no shortcuts in neurosurgery. I believe a thoughtful and methodical approach is the bedrock of proper treatment and management of patients with spinal disorders.  Taking care to choose the right tool for the job on an individual basis is well worth it to ensure my patients receive the most effective and appropriate care possible.”
| Specialty: Neurosurgery
| Fellowship Training: Neurosurgery

| Thomas Gianaris, M.D.

Dr. Thomas Gianaris is a neurosurgeon at Texas Back Institute specializing in spinal disorders and degenerative spine surgery. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in History, Dr. Gianaris received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He then went on to complete his neurosurgery residency at the Indiana University Department of Neurological Surgery, including an enfolded CAST Spine Fellowship also at Indiana University.

He is the author and co-author of several peer-reviewed research papers in major neurosurgical publications and numerous textbook chapters, and has given oral presentations at regional and national neurosurgical meetings. During his training, Dr. Gianaris also worked and studied in several academic research labs at Purdue University and IUPUI focusing on spinal cord and microvascular injuries in cells and animal models in order to better understand the biological processes underlying spinal disorders. Dr. Gianaris specializes in caring for myelopathy, radiculopathy, and spinal malignancy, as well as adult spinal deformity, revisions, and minimally invasive approaches.

Outside of caring for patients, Dr. Gianaris enjoys spending time at home with his wife and infant son, as well as bass fishing, biking, ice hockey, and playing the mandolin.


| Education

  • Indiana University Department of Neurological Surgery: Enfolded CAST Spine Fellow 2019-2020
  • Indiana University Department of Neurological Surgery: Residency 2013-2020
  • Indiana University School of Medicine:Doctor of Medicine 2009-2013
  • University of Pennsylvania: Bachelor of Science in Biology, minor in History – 2009

| Awards/Recognition


| Publications, Books & Presentations

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Miller J, Sasso R, Anderson P, Riew KD, McPhilamy A, Gianaris T: Adjacent Level Degeneration: Bryan Total Disc Arthroplasty Versus Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. Clin Spine Surg, 2017
  • Villelli N, Hauser N, Gianaris T, Froberg BA, Fulkerson DH: Severe bilateral cerebellar edema from ingestion of ketamine: case report. J Neurosurg Pediatr 20:393-396, 2017
  • Gianaris TJ, Nazar R, Middlebrook E, Gonda DD, Jea A, Fulkerson DH: Failure of ETV in patients with the highest ETV success scores. J Neurosurg Pediatr 20:225-231, 2017
  • Gianaris A, Liu NK, Wang XF, Oakes E, Brenia J, Gianaris T, et al: Unilateral microinjection of acrolein into thoracic spinal cord produces acute and chronic injury and functional deficits. Neuroscience, 2016
  • Gianaris TJ, Witt T, Barbaro NM: Radiosurgery for Medial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Resulting from Mesial Temporal Sclerosis. Neurosurg Clin N Am 27:79-82, 2016
  • White IK, Shaikh KA, Moore RJ, Bullis CL, Sami MT, Gianaris TJ, et al: Risk of radiation-induced malignancies from CT scanning in children who underwent shunt treatment before 6 years of age: a retrospective cohort study with a minimum 10-year follow-up. J Neurosurg Pediatr 13:514-519, 2014
  • Gianaris TJ, Helbig GM, Horn EM: Percutaneous pedicle screw placement with computer-navigated mapping in place of Kirschner wires: clinical article. J Neurosurg Spine 19:608-613, 2013
  • Green LA, Petrusca D, Rajashekhar G, Gianaris T, Schweitzer KS, Wang L, et al: Cigarette smoke-induced CXCR3 receptor up-regulation mediates endothelial apoptosis. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol 47:807-814, 2012

Textbook and Review Book Chapters

  • Gianaris TJ, Regis J, Barbaro NM: “Radiosurgical Treatment for Epilepsy” Youmans Neurological Surgery (7th Ed.). Eds. Richard Winn et al. Elsevier, Exp. 2017.
  • Gianaris TJ, Cohen AC, Barbaro NM: “Hemifacial Spasm”  100 Case Reviews in Neurosurgery (1st ed.) Eds. Rahul Jandial et al, Elsevier, Exp. October 2016.
  • Gianaris TJ, Rodgers RB: “Open Depressed Skull Fractures” Neurosurgery Knowledge Update, Eds. Robert Harbaugh et al, New York, Thieme 2015.
  • Gianaris TJ, Barbaro NM: “Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Medically Intractable Epilepsy” Treatment of Epilepsy (4thEd.), Eds. Simon Shorvon et al. London, John Wiley and Sons, 2015.


Presentations at National and Regional Meetings

  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Neuronavigation to Guide a Trans-Sulcal Approach to Glioma in Awake Craniotomy. Gianaris TJ, Monaco GM, Weyhenmeyer JW, Shah, MV. Poster Presentation. AANS National Meeting, April 13-17 2019.
  • The Limited Clinical Benefit of Outpatient Follow-up Imaging for Traumatic Epidural and Subarachnoid Hemorrhages. Gianaris, TJ; Hoes, KL; Rodgers, RB. Poster Presentation. AANS National Meeting, April 13-17 2019. 
  • Routine Outpatient Follow-up for Subdural Hematomas Provides Limited Clinical Benefit. Gianaris, TJ, Ansari, SF, Rodgers, RB. Oral Presentation, CNS Annual Meeting, September 24-28, 2016.
  • Mortality in Intracranial Hemorrhage in the Elderly: Prognostic Indicators of Hospital Survival on Admission. Gianaris, TJ, Gianaris PG. Online Poster, AANS National Meeting, April 30-May 4, 2016.
  • Failure After Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy in Patients with the Highest Preoperative ETV Success Scores.Gianaris, TJ, Nazar R, Middlebrook E, Gonda DD, Jea A, Fulkerson DH. Oral Presentation, AANS/CNS Pediatrics Section, December 8-11, 2015. Research presented by Daniel Fulkerson.
  • Clinical Utility of Follow-up CT Scans without Evidence of Neurological Decline in a Traumatic Subdural Hematoma Population. Ansari, SF; Gianaris, TJ; Scherer, AG, Rodgers, RB. Poster Presentation. National Neurotrauma Symposium June 28 – July 1, 2015
  • Percutaneous Pedicle Screw Placement with Computer-Navigated Mapping in Place of K-Wires. Gianaris T, Helbig G, Horn E.  Online poster presentation. American Association of Neurological Surgeons National Meeting, April 27-May 1st 2013.
  • The CXCR3 Receptor is up-regulated by hypoxia and mediates IP-10 and EMAP II-induced inhibition of endothelial wound repair. Gianaris T, Rajashekhar G, Petrache I, Clauss M.  Poster presentation at the American Heart Association Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology Conference, 4/28-31/11.  Research presented by T Gianaris.
  • The CXCR3 Receptor Is Up-Regulated By Stress And Mediates EMAP II-Induced Endothelial Cell Apoptosis.Clauss M, Rajashekhar G, Petrusca D, Gianaris T, Petrache I.  Poster presentation at the American Thoracic Society National Meeting, 5/13-15/2011.  Research presented by M. Clauss.
  • Stress-induced CXCR3 receptor up-regulation as a novel anti-angiogenic mechanism. Clauss M; Green L; Gianaris T; Rajashekhar G; Petrusca D; Petrache I. Poster presentation at the North American Vascular Biology Organization National Meeting, 10/16/11.  Research presented by M. Clauss.
  • The CXCR3 Receptor Is Up-Regulated By Stress And Mediates EMAP II-Induced Endothelial Cell Apoptosis.Clauss M, Rajashekhar G, Gianaris T, Petrusca D, Petrache I. Poster presented at Indiana Physiological Society Conference, 2/5/10.  Research presented by M. Clauss.
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