This unique 5-day dissection-centered course focuses on mastering a range of transcranial approaches in neurosurgery, from basic to complex, including the pterional, frontotemporal-orbital and its variants, subtemporal, anterior transpetrosal, retrosigmoid, perilabyrinthine, suboccipital transtentorial, and far lateral approaches. All material is presented in an immersive 3D format in Weill Cornell’s state-of-the-art Neurosurgical Innovations and Training Center. Participating surgeons work at 3-D interactive cadaver workstations, where they watch cadaveric dissections and review surgical anatomy—all in 3D—before and during their own dissection. The combination of the 3-D environment and the cadaveric hands-on dissection affords surgeons excellent preoperative training and rehearsal of commonly used neurosurgical approaches.

Course Objectives
The objective of this surgical course is to improve patient care. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Understand and expose sellar and perisellar anatomy and anterior circulation
    • Identify orbital anatomy and orbito-zygomatic osteotomies
    • Describe cavernous sinus anatomy and surgical exposure
    • Surgically access the basal cistern via opening of the sylvian fissure
    • Complete a subtemporal approach and access the upper basilar region
    • Navigate the anterior transpetrosal corridor to the internal auditory canal and cerebellopontine angle
    • Identify temporal bone anatomy and perilabyrinthine transpetrosal surgical approaches
    • Navigate the lateral cerebellopontine angle and its neurovascular complexes via the retrosigmoid corridor
    • Identify quadrigeminal anatomy and understand surgical access to the pineal gland
    • Explore the craniocervical junction via a far lateral approach

Target Audience
Neurosurgery Residents, Fellows, and Attendings

April 25 – 27, 2024



Day 1:
Anterolateral Approaches

Day 2:
Lateral Approaches

Day 3:
Lateral and Posterolateral Approaches

Day 4:
Posterolateral and Posterior Approaches

Day 5:
Free Dissection

Morning Frontotemporal/Pterional Approach and Exposure of the Optico-carotid and Basal Cisterns  Subtemporal Approach and Exposure of the Upper
Clivus and Crural Cistern
Retrosigmoid Approach, Exploration of the Cerebellopontine Angle, and Exposure of the Superior,
Middle, and Inferior Neurovascular Complexes
Suboccipital Transtentorial Approach and Exposure of the Quadrigeminal Cistern and Pineal Region Supervised Free Dissection
Afternoon Frontotemporal-orbitozygomatic Approach and Exposure of the Cavernous Sinus Anterior Transpetrosal Approach and Exposure of the Cerebellopontine Angle Mastoidectomy

Perilabyrinthine Transpetrosal Surgical Approaches

The Far Lateral Approach and Exposure of the Craniocervical Junction Supervised Free Dissection

Feel free to contact us via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (212) 746-1468.

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.

Contact us at [email protected].

Registration Opening Early Fall 2024!