Emergencies

If you have an emergency after normal office hours, you will be directed to go to the nearest hospital emergency room where you will be evaluated by the emergency room physician. They will be in direct contact with your doctor or the on-call doctor from our office.

About Us

Dr. Rafael Parra has been in private practice in San Antonio, Texas since April of 1975.

Dr. Parra is active in the following associations:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Neurology Surgery
  • Member, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Member, American College of Spine Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas
  • Active Member, North American Spine Society
  • Fellow, American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians
  • Member, Gamma Knife Team Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital
  • Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager, American Institute of Medical Law, Miami, Florida
  • Associate in Medicine, American College of Legal Medicine
  • Bexar County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Neurological Society
  • American Medical Association
  • American Neurological Society
  • Congress, American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Highlighted Positions of Responsibility

  • Chief of Neurosurgery, Baptist Memorial Hospital System
    January 1996 to December 2000
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas
    September 1984 to August 1999
  • Chief, Department of Neurosurgery, Baptist Medical Center
    January 1992 to December 1992
  • Chief, Department of Neurosurgery, Baptist Memorial Hospital
    1991, 1987 to 1988, 1979 to 1984
  • Chief, Department of Neurosurgery, Santa Rosa Medical Center
    1985 to 1986, 1980 to 1982

Your Role in Recovery

You are the only one who can decide which treatment is best for you. It is important that you recognize that you have a responsibility to participate in, and take ownership of, any decisions involving your health care. You will be asked to make the final decision about what is best for you, so ask questions about anything you do not understand. Your family and close friends are an important part of the collaborative process. We encourage you to include them in any education sessions we provide concerning your condition. If you choose to have surgery, we will make every effort to keep family members informed of your progress and to involve them in your recovery process. Deciding which treatment option is best for you involves weighing the risks and benefits associated with each option. If you eventually choose to have surgery, your physical condition and your mental attitude will determine your body's ability to heal. You must approach your surgery with confidence, a positive mental attitude and a thorough understanding of the anticipated outcome. You should have realistic goals — and be willing to work steadily to achieve those goals.