St. David's HealthCare October 26, 2017

ROUND ROCK, Texas—St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center today announced the first deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy performed in Williamson County. DBS is a surgical therapy that utilizes electronic impulses by placing leads in the brain to help control movement symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, including tremors, slowed movement and stiffness. Dhruve Jeevan, M.D., a neurosurgeon, and Michael J. Soileau, M.D., a movement disorder neurologist, performed the therapy in August.

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center is the only hospital in Williamson County to offer this therapy, using a sophisticated navigation system and imaging system.

The navigation system allows surgeons to create a surgical map to safely navigate when placing a lead or wire into the affected area of the brain. This technology, combined with advanced imaging, allows the physician to capture 2D and 3D imaging in the operating room to ensure optimal lead placement. Previously, patients were sent to radiology for imaging before and after surgery to verify placement. Now, placement is verified before the patient is out of the operating room.

These two technologies also eliminate the need for metal markers inserted into the skull, which were previously used to serve as a reference point during surgery. 

After lead placement, surgeons implant a small device under the skin of the chest to send electronic signals to the brain, which allows the symptoms of tremor, stiffness, or slowness to be better controlled. 

“St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center is committed to bringing the latest proven treatments closer to home for patients in Williamson County,” Michael Craun, M.D., chief medical officer at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, said. “This therapy allows us to improve the quality of life for Parkinson’s patients who find medication is no longer effective in treating their symptoms.” 

In addition to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, DBS therapy is also available at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center in Travis County. For more information about these services, visit

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center  

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. With 171 beds, the hospital’s comprehensive services include advanced cardiac care at the Heart Hospital of Austin at St. David's Round Rock—the first specialized cardiac facility in Williamson County— with the only Hybrid Operating Room (OR) in the county; emergency services in a 24-hour emergency department, including advanced trauma care with a Level II Trauma Center; St. David's Urgent Care Round Rock; and St. David's Emergency Center in Cedar Park. St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center is also known for providing advanced orthopedic and robotic services, among other complex specialties. In 2016, the hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades and also earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group