Department of Otolaryngology

Cranial Base Surgery

This one-year fellowship program is designed to provide training in the latest advancements in cranial base surgery. Although the majority of surgical approaches are endoscopic (90%), the fellowship will also provide exposure to traditional anterior and lateral approaches to the cranial base. Surgical experience will be augmented by anatomical dissections of cadaveric specimens in the laboratory and participation in ongoing dissection courses and local meetings. Time will be allotted for research (basic or clinical) that results in presentation at national meetings and publications. US applicants must be either Board Certified or Eligible for certification in otolaryngology. International applicants must have USMLE certification (Steps 1, 2CK, 2CS and 3). All applicants must be eligible for licensure to practice medicine in the State of Pennsylvania.

Goals and objectives of the fellowship program:

  1. Understand the evaluation of patients with pathology involving the cranial base.
  2. Recall anatomical relationships of the cranial base.
  3. Learn open and endoscopic approaches to the cranial base and acquire surgical skills.
  4. Develop comprehensive treatment plan for patients with pathology of the cranial base.
  5. Participate in educational activities.
  6. Conduct clinical research.
  7. Present at local and national meetings.
  8. Publish at least one paper dealing with a topic in cranial base surgery.

Fellowship Director:

Carl Snyderman, MD, MBA

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Mary Jo Tutchko
Center for Cranial Base Surgery
Department of Otolaryngology
UPMC 203 Lothrop Street, EEI Suite 500
Pittsburgh PA 15213
412-647-8186
tutchkomj@upmc.edu