Skull/Cranial Base Center


As part of our Department of Neurological Surgery, itself among the most respected and renowned in the nation, the Comprehensive Skull/Cranial Base Center offers a complete array of the most modern surgical approaches, from open to minimally-invasive and endoscopic approaches.

Skull, or cranial, base surgery allows for minimally-invasive exposure of deep seated tumors located beneath the brain. Until recently, many of these tumors were considered ìinoperableî because of their difficult location. These specialized approaches allow for maximal resection of tumors while preserving normal function and optimizing quality of life.

An important tenet of our skull base program is its multidisciplinary nature. Our specially-trained and highly-skilled neurosurgeons team up with head and neck surgeons, otolaryngologists, neuro-otologists, plastic surgeons, endocrinologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and neuro-radiologists to provide truly personalized care. This approach is combined with the latest in cutting-edge technology, including high-powered illumination of tumors, real time electrophysiologic monitoring of vital brain structures and ìstereotacticî image guidance to help navigate the brain regions during the course of surgery.

Our skull base program offers a complete array of the latest approaches and treatments, and our coordinated care puts the patientís needs first, both inside and outside of the operating room.

Our Team

Team Leader: Vijay Agarwal, MD

Neurosurgery: Patrick LaSala, Vijay Agarwal, Emad Eskandar

Head and Neck/Otolaryngology: Howard Moskowitz, Elizabeth Dinces, Waleed Abuzeid, Nadeem Akbar, Richard Smith

Plastic Surgery: Oren Tepper, Evan Garfiend

Neuro-opthalmology: Anne Barmettler

Endocrinology: Jill Crancall, Vafa Tabatabaie

Radiation Oncology: Shalom Kalnicki, Madhur Garg

Medical Oncology: Katharine McNeill

Neuro-ophthalmology: Cheng Zhang, Geoffrey Basson

Neuroradiology: Allan Brook, Richard Zampolin, Jacqueline A. Bello

Neurophysiology: Alan Legatt

Conditions Treated

Our team treats conditions that include:

  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Brain stem tumors
  • CSF leaks
  • Carotid body tumors
  • Chondrosarcomas
  • Chordomas
  • Cranial nerve schwannomas
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Cushingís disease
  • Encephalocele
  • Epidermoid tumor
  • Esthesioneuroblastomas
  • Glomus tumors
  • Hemifacial spasm
  • Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma
  • Meningiomas
  • Metastatic tumors
  • Mucocele
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Rathkeís cleft cyst
  • Semicircular canal dehiscence
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Tuberculum/planum sphenoidale tumor

Treatments Provided

We provide open, minimally-invasive, endoscopic, trans-nasal, trans-oral and combined surgical approaches.