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Skull Base Surgery

Skull Base Surgery at NYU Winthrop Hospital

Advances in diagnostic imaging, surgical techniques and instruments for treating skull base lesions and tumors.

At NYU Winthrop, we utilize the latest in diagnostic imaging, instruments, and skull base surgery techniques and have obtained a better understanding of skull base anatomy to remove previously inoperable lesions and tumors with far fewer risks to the patient.

The skull base provides the base on which the brain rests. It contains the eye orbits, ear canals, two carotid arteries, two vertebral arteries, 12 cranial nerves and the blood drainage system of the brain. With so many intricate structures, the skull base is one of the most complex areas on which to operate.

Through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), lesions can be detected earlier, allowing surgeons to operate sooner and prevent many complications. Many skull base tumors are now also treated with minimally invasive stereotactic radiosurgery treatment, such as CyberKnife®.

Our Skull Base Surgery Team

Lee E. Tessler, MD, FACS, FAANS
Chief, Division of Neurosurgery

Michael Brisman, MD, FACS
Neurosurgery Quality Improvement Committee Chairman

Jeffrey Brown, MD, FACS
Neurosurgery Director of Cyberknife® Program

Ramin Rak, MD