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.
To edit an entry, please log in under the Member credentials used to add the entry to the registry and make edits to the listing.
To apply for Fellowship training, please contact the program directly.
If you need assistance or have questions, please contact NASBS Executive Director, Paula Kupiec, at [email protected].
|Title of Fellowship||Rhinology and Cranial Base Surgery|
|Contact Name for Applications||Mary Jo Tutchko|
|Date Fellowship Established||07/01/2004|
|Fellowship Director||Carl Snyderman, MD, MBA and 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
Allan Vescan, MD
Adam Zanation, MD
Amol Bhatki, MD
Harshita Pant, BMBS
Emiro Caicedo, MD
Yew Kwang Ong, MBBCh
Steve C. Lee, MD
C. Arturo Solares, MD
Alec Vaezi, MD, PhD
Carlos Pinheiro-Neto, MD, PhD
John DeAlmeida, MD
Shirley Su, MBBS
J. Kenneth Byrd, MD
Timothy DeKlotz, MD
Amanda Stapleton, MD
Chirag Patel, MD
Brian Lee, DO
Aron Pollack, MD
Thomas J. Wilson, MD
Mathew Geltzeiler, MD
Andrea Hebert, MD, MPH
Daniel Faden, MD
Philippe Lavigne, MD
Omar Ahmed, MD
Joel Franco, MD
Nadeem Kolia, MD
Vijay Patel, MD (current)
Uma Ramaswamy, MD (current)
|Additional Features of the Fellowship|
The one-year fellowship program in rhinology and skull base surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center provides training in the full breadth of this specialty. Yearly, our fellows participate in more than 250 inflammatory sinus surgeries, including advanced frontal sinus and cystic fibrosis, approximately 75 resections for benign, malignant and orbital neoplasms, and greater than 200 endoscopic skull base cases including CSF leak repair and intracranial pathologies. The outpatient office experience includes the medical management and in-office procedures for rhinitis and rhinosinusitis. Exposure to a well-developed otolaryngologic allergy practice is also available. Under the mentorship and support of the fellowship directors, fellows are expected to develop independent research interests and projects that will result in both presentation at national meetings and publications. Additionally, the fellows are integral to the teaching of residents, both didactically and in the operating room. The graduated experience is designed to prepare individuals to develop into leaders in rhinology and skull base surgery, both locally and nationally.
|Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST) Accredited||No|
|Fellowship Approved By|
|How to apply|
Applications are accepted through the SF Match (https://sfmatch.org/SpecialtyInsideAll.aspx?id=4&typ=1&name=Rhinology).
If you have any questions, please contact Mary Jo Tutchko by email: [email protected]