The membership of the North American Skull Base Society (NASBS) is a tremendous resource for the training of fellows, who are the future of the development of our specialty. The society has developed a registry of skull base fellowships that are offered by the society membership.
The society recognizes that we are a diverse and multidisciplinary group comprised of several different specialties, all of whom have significant interest and focus in the management of skull base neoplasia. Likewise, the nature and character of the various fellowships will represent and reflect their differences. In addition, we recognize that there will be variation between individual fellowship experiences resulting from the differences in the preceptor’s approaches and practices.
To post a Fellowship, please go to the Fellowship Registry Entry Form. You must be a member of NASBS to add a Fellowship to the Registry.
Please contact NASBS Executive Director, Paula Kupiec, at firstname.lastname@example.org to make edits or to add a fellowship listing. To apply for Fellowship training, please contact the program directly.
|Title of Fellowship||Rhinology and Cranial Base Surgery|
|Contact Name for Applications||Nancy Szablewski|
|Date Fellowship Established||07/01/2004|
|Fellowship Director||Carl Snyderman, MD, MBA, Stella Lee, MD & Eric Wang, MD|
Paul Gardner, MD (Neurosurgery)
|Required Prior Training Program|
|Required Prior Training Program Other||None|
|Accept Foreign Medical Graduates (outside US & Canada)||No|
|Residency Training in US/Canada Required||Yes|
|Percentage of Fellow Workload that is Skull Base||60%|
|Number of Fellows Accepted Per Year||2|
|Salaried Position||Yes- contact Program Director for more information|
|Night and Weekend Call||Yes|
|Estimated Nights Per Month||1 week/month but not in-house|
|Average Operative Skull Base Cases Per Year||200|
|Open Cranial Base|
|Endonasal Cranial Base|
|Sagittal Plane (excluding pituitary)||50|
|Transpterygoid/ Coronal Plane||20|
|Craniofacial Anomalies/ Reconstructive|
|Regional, Pedicled Flap Repair||50|
|Free Flap Repair||2|
|Cerebral Vascular Surgery|
|Anatomical Dissection Laboratory|
A dedicated surgical neuroanatomy laboratory is available through the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine which includes three high-definition endoscopic stations with complete instrumentation. Fellows are expected to utilize this outstanding resource to prepare for complex cases, improve surgical skills and develop independent anatomical research projects.
|Laboratory Research Opportunities|
Fellows are expected to engage in scholarly activity through clinical and/or laboratory research. The Center for Cranial Base Surgery has multiple avenues for the pursuit of these projects. A comprehensive research registry of skull base patients is available to address clinical questions. A dedicated clinical research manager assists in the development and execution of prospective trials affecting the management and quality of life of skull base patients. The Surgical Neuroanatomy Laboratory can be utilized to develop novel surgical corridors and reconstructive techniques. Finally, ongoing collaborations with basic science researchers within the University of Pittsburgh can be expanded to address translational research questions.
|Fellowship Institution Website||upmc.com|
Lee Zimmer, MD, PhD
|Additional Features of the Fellowship|
This one year fellowship is jointly provided by the Center for Sinonasal Disorders and Allergy and the Center for Cranial Base Surgery to provide comprehensive training in the management of complex sinonasal disorders and skull base pathology in a tertiary care university setting. Both centers have a track record for innovation, leadership, and pioneering therapies in skull base surgery and inflammatory disorders. The fellowship is designed to provide advanced training in revision endoscopic sinus surgery, advanced frontal sinus surgery, the care of sinonasal disease in adult cystic fibrosis patients, approach to basic and complex skull base lesions, CSF leak repair, advanced reconstruction techniques, and management of orbital pathology.
|Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST) Accredited||No|
|Fellowship Approved By|
|How to apply|
Applications are processed through the SF Match (https://sfmatch.org/SpecialtyInsideAll.aspx?id=4&typ=1&name=Rhinology#).
If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Szablewski by email: email@example.com