The only course-based certificate granting program in skull base surgery in North America, this program provides in depth immersive training in advanced approaches and techniques in skull base neurosurgery. This intimate dissection-based course takes you on a journey through the skull base and provides skills-based stepwise instruction on anterior/anterolateral, lateral, and posterolateral skull base approaches, respectively. The first two days provide in depth instruction on the fronto-orbitozygomatic approach and its variants, periclinoid techniques and extradural access to the cavernous sinus, intradural parasellar exploration, and transcavernous routes to the retrosellar area, as well as transcranial routes to the orbit. The third and fourth days cover anterior and posterior transpetrosal approaches, including the middle fossa and extended middle fossa anterior transpetrosal approaches and the peri- and translabyrinthine approaches, as well as the transcochlear and the combined subtemporal transtentorial approach. The fifth days provide an extensive review of the far lateral approach and its variants, as well as lateral extracranial approaches to the upper cervical region, infratemporal fossa, and clivus. The course material are all presented in an immersive 3D format in Weill Cornell’s state-of-the-art Neurosurgical Innovations and Training Center. This unique hands-on certification program affords surgeons excellent preoperative training and rehearsal of current, advanced approaches and techniques in cranial base surgery.

Core Competencies
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to perform:

  • Fronto-orbitozygomatic approach and its variants
  • Peri-orbital exposure of the superior orbital fissure
  • Transcranial routes to the orbit and orbital exposure and dissection
  • Periclinoid maneuvers and extradural exposure of the cavernous sinus
  • Intradural parasellar exposure
  • Transcavernous route to the retrosellar area
  • Unilateral subfrontal approach
  • Middle fossa approach to the internal auditory canal
  • Extended middle fossa anterior transpetrosal approach
  • Surgical corridors to the cerebellopontine angle
  • Mastoidectomy
  • Perilabyrinthine approaches
  • Translabyrinthine and transcochlear approaches
  • Combined transmastoid and subtemporal transtentorial approaches
  • Far lateral transtuburcular approach
  • Extreme lateral approach
  • Upper lateral cervical dissection to the extracranial jugular foramen
  • Extracranial lateral approaches to the infratemporal fossa and clivus

Target Audience
Practicing Neurosurgeons, Neurotologists, Fellows, and Senior Residents

Limited to 10 Participants.

Days 1–2 – Anterior and Anterolateral Transcranial Approaches
Days 3–4 – Lateral Transpetrosal Approaches
Days 5–6 – Posterolateral Transcranial and Lateral Extracranial Approaches



Day 1:
Anterolateral Transcranial Approaches I

Day 2:
Anterolateral Transcranial Approaches II

Day 3:
Lateral Transpetrosal Approaches

Day 4:
Lateral Transpetrosal Approaches

Day 5:
Posterolateral Transcranial Approaches

Morning Fronto-orbitozygomatic Approach and Variants

Transcranial Routes to the Orbit and Orbital Exposure

Extradural Exposure and Access to the Cavernous Sinus

Transcavernous Routes to the Retrosellar Area

Middle Fossa Approach and Exposure of the Internal Auditory Canal Mastoidectomy

Combined Perilabyrinthine Transtentorial Approach

Far Lateral Transcondylar Transtuburcular Approach

Extreme Lateral Approach

Afternoon Exposure of the Superior Orbital Fissure

Application of Periclinoid Techniques

Intradural Parasellar Access

Pericavernous Routes to the Retrosellar Area

Extended Middle Fossa Anterior Transpetrosal Approach and Exposure of the Cerebellopontine Angle

Infra- and Supratentorial Exposure to the Petroclival Region

Infratemporal Fossa Type A Approach

Total Petrosectomy (Translabyrinthine and Transcochlear Routes)

Upper Lateral Cervical Dissection

Exposure of the Extracranial Jugular Foramen

Each day will begin at 8:00 AM and conclude at 6:00 PM. Downloadable Agenda.

Nearby hotels include the Gardens Suites Hotel by Affinia, and the Graduate Hotel Roosevelt Island (for the Graduate Hotel, use promo code NEGWEILL for 15% off). Additionally, on-site accommodation is available at the NewYork-Presbyterian Helmsley Tower Guest Facility.

Questions and Registration
Contact us via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (212) 746-1468.