Dr. Christopher Koebbe, Lt. Col., USAF, MC
Dr. Koebbe, an active duty lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, is the only dual-trained vascular neurosurgeon in San Antonio. He provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of vascular disorders of the nervous system via endovascular and/or open surgical techniques. Raised an Air Force “brat” from coast to coast, Dr. Koebbe completed his pre-medicine studies graduating magna cum laude as a member of the Jesuit honor society Alpha Sigma Nu from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. He was awarded distinguished graduate of Air Force ROTC and ultimately received his medical degree as a member of the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha from the University of Cincinnati. He received his neurosurgical residency training at the University of Pittsburgh and Thomas Jefferson University with combined cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery fellowship training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, one of the highest volume vascular neurosurgery centers in the world.
Prior to moving to San Antonio, he participated in over 500 neurovascular procedures under the guidance of an endovascular neurosurgery pioneer, Dr. Robert Rosenwasser. Dr. Koebbe in one of less than 100 neurosurgeons nationally skilled in performing cerebral aneurysm coiling and clip ligation, intracranial and carotid angioplasty/stenting, embolization/ resection/radiosurgery of brain and spinal AVMs and fistulas as well as tumor embolization. He has become a leader within the regional civilian and military nmedical community and was instrumental in developing the first and only comprehensive stroke program in south Texas with the Brain and Stroke Network at Baptist Health System.
Dr. Koebbe’s research interests are in clinical outcomes of Neuroform stent assisted aneurysm coiling as well as Wingspan intracranial stenting for stroke, allowing him to be the only neurosurgeon in the region to utilize these devices. He is a participant in ongoing NIH funded clinical trials evaluating new treatments of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke including use of t-PA and the Merci retrieval device. Dr. Koebbe is an academic leader having published articles in numerous neurosurgical journals and has given presentations nationally on his expertise with brain aneurysm and stroke treatments. He is an active member of the Bexar County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, Texas Association of Neurosurgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgery and American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
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