Dr Galvan is originally from East Chicago,Indiana, also home of San Antonio Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich. He came from a family of three generation of steel mill workers. Dr Galvan worked as a phlebotomist and nurse’s aid during his college years and upon graduation he became a registered nurse. He had an epiphany that change the course of his career during his time as a nurse.
Dr Galvan wanted to make a difference in people’s life and have a different approach to medicine. So while working as a nurse, he began forging towards his medical degree. By being a nurse, this helped him tremendously to see both side of the fence. He completed his Neurosurgery residency at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. He was one for the first residents brought to San Antonio to restart the neurosurgery residency in San Antonio by former chairman Dr David Jimenez, and is the only graduate to date to stay and serve the great community of San Antonio.
Dr Galvan worked for Neurosurgical Associates of San Antonio were he had the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge regarding surgical techniques and patient management from his peers. It helped him define what kind of surgeon he wanted to become. During this time he gained a reputation for his minimally invasive as well as conservative approach to surgeries. His practice has a special emphasis on complex spine surgery and minimally invasive surgical techniques. He focused on specialized and compassionate care. Dr. Galvan strongly believes in empowering patients, so they can make informed decisions by giving them all the tools, resources and information available. Dr. Galvan supports utilizing all conservative measures before surgical options are even considered.
Dr Galvan founded TN SPINE because he wanted to follow his dream to perform medicine how he vision it should be. By using a compassionate personal approach, Dr Galvan believes that by doing the least amount of alteration to the spinal anatomy but at the same time taking care of the problem in a minimally invasive approach is important to help the patients bounce back to a better quality of life in the shortest time possible.
Dr Galvan learned that Christus Santa Rosa was developing new programs and great changes were coming ahead. Dr Galvan and Christus Santa Rosa came together and a great partnership was born. Dr Galvan moved his practice to Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center to help start a comprehensive spine program with the same values and beliefs that make both of them great. Christus Santa Rosa and Dr Galvan have the same mission of giving the patients the best quality of care with compassion. The goal is to give San Antonio and the surrounding area the best neurosurgical spine care possible.
EXPANDING THE PRACTICE
We have been lucky to find a doctor with the same work ethic as Dr. Galvan. Dr. Sebastian Juan Villarreal is a neurosurgeon fully trained to treat disorders of the brain, spine, and its coverings. He received his Doctorate of Medicine and completed his neurosurgical residency training both at the University of Texas at Houston Medical School. He is a San Antonio native who graduated from MacArthur High School and later attended the University of the Incarnate Word, where he met his wife, Daniela. They recently welcomed their first child, a baby boy.
Dr. Villarreal decided to return to San Antonio and join the team at Texas Neurosurgical Spine in 2018. Dr. Villarreal has always considered San Antonio his home and the community he can best serve.
Dr. Villarreal was drawn to practice medicine in the hopes of alleviating pain, decreasing suffering, and improving the lives of individuals in his community. After over 12 years of training in one of the largest medical centers in the world, Dr. Villarreal incorporates a comprehensive, evidence-based approach tailored to each individual patient.
In his spare time, Dr. Villarreal enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, jogging, grilling, and giving back to his San Antonio community.
* Surgical Treatment of brain and spine tumors
* Cervical decompression with/without fusion for herniated disc, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease
* Minimally invasive thoracic or lumbar discectomy for herniated disc.
* Minimally invasive thoracic or lumbar decompression for spinal stenosis
* Minimally invasive thoracic or lumbar fusion for instability, fracture or degenerative disc disease
* Kyphoplasty for osteoporotic or pathologic spinal fractures.
* Spinal cord stimulation for failed back surgery. Chronic pain, or RDS, CREPS
* Intrathecal pump therapy for chronic pain or spasticity.
* VP shunts
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First Neurosurgeon I have experience with that actually went through each picture on MRI explaining my situation. My referral was put in Immediately! Dr. Sebastian Juan Villarreal was absolutely brilliant, I'd give him a 100 stars. Wonderful experience, Highest recommendation!Jenilyn Jenson
What an amazing doctor and staff. He treats you as if you are the only patient he has to attend to. He will spend whatever time with you to ensure you are comfortable with the procedure he will be doing. Thank you, Dr. Galvan, for being so kind and compassionate to me before and after my surgical procedure.Arlene Wms-Tillman
He is a very professional doctor He performed back fusion surgery and during the process, I felt in great professional hands I was informed of all the procedures etc...Dr.Galvan is one of the best neurosurgeons in the areaRosa Martha Jimenez
Dr. George Galvan was well prepared for the initial visit.Brenda Richardson
The morning of the surgery everyone at the Stone Oak Methodist Hospital was very professional and still concerned that I was comfortable. I could not expect to have expected better care by the hospital staff on the surgical floor. Praise the Lord!