Dr. Mathew T. Alexander earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College Of Union University, Albany, NY 1995, Surgical Internship from Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA and his Neurosurgery Residency form the Medial College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. His Cardiology Fellowship was at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital/Texas Heart Institute, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Alexander began his group practice, Texas Brain and Spine, in Corpus Christi, TX in 2004. He specializes in Essential Tremor, Infection, and Movement Disorders, Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Procedures, Parkinson Disease, Spinal Fractures, Spinal Stenosis. Dr. Alexander is Chairman of Surgery and Neurosurgery for CHRISTUS Spohn Health System.
Alexander began the group practice in Corpus Christi in 2004 after moving to the city to be closer to his brother, Dr. Thomas Alexander, a cardiologist in town, and a sister who is a neurologist in Houston. He grew up in Louisville, Ky., with his dad, now a retired general surgeon. It was his father, who often brought young Matthew to the operating room, who inspired Alexander to become a surgeon. His parents have since moved to Corpus Christi. “Now we’re all Texas natives, I guess,” he said with a smile.
Alexander performs the most minimally invasive type of surgery as possible on patients who have been in car accidents or falls, or who have a type of degenerative disease associated with aging. “Sometimes we treat people with scoliosis or correct someone’s unstable fracture, but if we can do something with a scope, I try to do that more often than the more complicated surgeries if it’s applicable for the patient,” he said.
He also performs cyber knife radio surgery. It’s a cutting-edge type of treatment for cancerous tumors that are metastatic or can’t be easily accessible for surgery, according to Alexander. “I work with a radiation doctor, typically over at Spohn Shoreline, and I map out the lesion and she figures how to dose it. It’s a very cool technology,” said Alexander, who also serves as chairman of surgery and neurosurgery for CHRISTUS Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi. “I have many roles in helping to provide the best care for our patients,” he added. Dr. Alexander also has a special interest in helping people with sacroiliac joint pain, which is often overlooked as low back pain. In 2016, he furthered his education on minimally invasive SI joint dysfunction and fusion by attending a Master’s Course on the iFuse Implant System.
But the most important piece of information Alexander wants to get across to the public is that the quality of medical care the practice offers rivals that of any big city. “There’s nothing here that we don’t offer that is offered in any other city like Houston or San Antonio,” he said. “We offer the same care here, so that if there are any problems, we can deal with that here.”