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||Skull Base & Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery|
|Contact Name for Applications||Lindsey Wheeler|
|Date Fellowship Established||07/01/2016|
|Fellowship Director||Zachary N. Litvack, MD FAANS FACS|
Zachary N. Litvack, MD FAANS FACS
|Required Prior Training Program|
|Required Prior Training Program Other||Minimum 5 years Neurosurgery|
|Accept Foreign Medical Graduates (outside US & Canada)||Yes|
|Foreign Medical Graduates Eligibility Requirements|
|Residency Training in US/Canada Required||No|
|Percentage of Fellow Workload that is Skull Base||60|
|Number of Fellows Accepted Per Year||1|
|Salaried Position||Yes- contact Program Director for more information|
|Night and Weekend Call||Yes|
|Estimated Nights Per Month||1 Night Per Week / 1 Weekend Per Month|
|Average Operative Skull Base Cases Per Year||120|
|Open Cranial Base|
|Anterolateral/Infratemporal||Data not available|
|Lateral (temporal bone)||20|
|Endonasal Cranial Base|
|Sagittal Plane (excluding pituitary)||10|
|Transpterygoid/ Coronal Plane||5|
|Craniofacial Anomalies/ Reconstructive|
|Craniofacial Anomalies/ Reconstructive||Data not available|
|Transoral||Data not available|
|Regional, Pedicled Flap Repair||5|
|Free Flap Repair||5|
|Cerebral Vascular Surgery|
|Cyberknife||Data not available|
|Transcranial||Data not available|
|Endovascular||Data not available|
|Anatomical Dissection Laboratory|
We partner with Seattle Science Foundation, a world famous anatomic laboratory and teaching facility to provide on-site access for endonasal, temporal bone and skull base dissection. Additionally, fellows have access to, and participate as instructors in, multiple CME events each year.
|Laboratory Research Opportunities|
We partner with both the Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Therapy, the Institute for Systems Biology, and the Allen Brain Institute for collaborative bench-to-bedside translational research. Additional opportunities for fellows to participate in clinical outcomes and quality and industry-partnered research are supported by a Neuroscience Institute research core.
|Fellowship Institution Website||swedish.org|
2020 - Mohab Abozeid, MD
2021 - Cristian Gragnaniello, MD
2019 - Joshua Prickett, DO
2017 - Hermes Garcia, MD
2017 - Christian Bowers, MD
2016 - Kevin Reinard, MD
2016 - Daniel Klinger, MD
|Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST) Accredited||No|
|How to apply|
Please submit applications online:
Supporting documents for Skull Base should include a CV, at least two letters of recommendation, one of which is from your training program director or Chairperson.
Additional information is available from, and direct questions to our Program Coordinator: Susan Thomas