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Specialized in the complex treatment of skull base disorders
Our dedicated team is highly trained in using the latest techniques and technology to treat tumors or disorders of the skull base—a delicate, hard-to-reach area beneath the brain.

A team of experts you can trust

It can be overwhelming to learn you have a tumor or disorder of the pituitary or skull base—but you can feel confident that you’re getting world-class treatment at North Shore University Hospital. Our multidisciplinary team includes fellowship-trained skull base neurosurgeons who regularly consult and work cross-functionally with otolaryngologists, head and neck surgeons, reconstructive surgeons, neuro-oncologists, neuroradiologists, interventional neuroradiologists, radiation oncologists and endocrinologists.

Each member of our team is dedicated to providing high-quality care to patients. Our extensive training and experience allow us to offer the full range of surgical approaches to treat skull base conditions, including minimally invasive and open surgical procedures. And through the use of state-of-the-art neuronavigation and neuromonitoring, we help to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Conditions we treat

The skull base is a complex area of the body for surgery because of its many intricate structures. Our physicians have expertise in well-established techniques in microneurosurgery, along with less invasive techniques to safely remove tumors and treat vascular problems of the skull base, pituitary fossa and cavernous sinus. We evaluate each person on an individual basis and can recommend a complete range of both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, including Gamma Knife—a form of stereotactic radiosurgery.

There are many disorders that can affect the boundary between the deep intracranial and extracranial structures, and our skull base surgeons treat some of the most difficult cases. They include:

  • Schwannomas
  • Tumors of the pituitary gland
  • Meningiomas
  • Chordomas
  • Cavernous sinus tumors
  • Hypothalamic tumors
  • Neuroendocrine disorders
  • Cushing's disease
Michael Schulder, MD, shows how the Gamma Knife Icon provides comfort and extra safety features for stereotactic radiosurgery.

Busy mom, Nicole Henn, was juggling home, career and an impressive fitness regimen, until forgetfulness became a cause for concern. Rapid diagnosis and intervention helped her get back on track.

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