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Endoscopic Intracranial Surgery Course



Course Directors

Paul Gardner, MD
Juan Fernandez-Miranda, MD
Johnathan Engh, MD

Guest Faculty

André Grotenhuis, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen
The Netherlands
President, European Association of Neurological Surgeons

Additional UPMC Course Faculty

Carl Snyderman, MD, MBA
Department of Otolaryngology
Co-Director of Education, Center for Cranial Base Surgery

S. Tonya Stefko, MD
Assistant Professor
Departments of Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology and Neurological Surgery

UPMC Assistant Lab Faculty

Joseph D. Chabot, DO
Fellow, Cranial Base Surgery
Department of Neurological Surgery

Georgios Zenonos, MD
Intraresidency Fellow, Cranial Base Surgery
Department of Neurological Surgery

Nathan Zwagerman, MD
Intraresidency Fellow, Cranial Base Surgery
Department of Neurological Surgery

Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services. 

Course Overview

This course is a comprehensive overview of the concepts of cranial endoscopy as well as multiple endoscopic and minimally invasive corridors of approach to all areas of the brain and skull base which combines 3D anatomical and didactic lectures with hands-on anatomical dissection, prosection and live interactive surgical case demonstration of:

  • Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery (EES)
  • Endoscopic Port Surgery
  • Keyhole Approaches (retromastoid and eyebrow)

This course is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences and the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Course Schedule

(subject to change)

• Wednesday, June 22, 2016

8:00 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast

8:20 a.m.
Course Welcome and Overview
Paul Gardner, MD

Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery

8:30 a.m.
"3D Endoscopic Endonasal Skull Base Anatomy"
Juan Fernandez-Miranda, MD

9:00 a.m.
"Sagittal Plane Approaches"
Paul Gardner, MD

10:00 a.m.
"Surgical Anatomy Lab Dissection"

Keyhole Approachesto the Posterior Fossa

1:00 p.m.
Lunch & Lecture
"Endoscopic Retromastoid Craniectomy"
Paul Gardner, MD

1:45 p.m.
"3D Surgical Anatomy of the Posterior Fossa" 
Juan Fernandez-Miranda, MD

2:15 p.m.
"Fully Endoscopic Cerebellopontine Angle Surgery for Microvascular Decompression and Tumors" 
Paul Gardner, MD

2:45 p.m.
Surgical Anatomy Lab Dissection

5:15 p.m.
Afternoon Program Adjournment

6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, Carnegie Rooms I-II

7:00 p.m.
Dinner & Guest Faculty Lecture Program
LOCATION: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, Carnegie Rooms I-II

8:30 p.m.
Evening Program Adjournment

• Thursday, June 23, 2016

7:30 a.m.

NeuroEndoport Surgery

8:00 a.m.
"3D Ventricular and White Matter Fiber Tracts Anatomy"
Juan Fernandez-Miranda, MD

8:30 a.m.
"Parallel Endoscopic Port Surgery for Intraventricular Tumors and Colloid Cysts"
Johnathan Engh, MD

9:00 a.m.
"Minimally Invasive Port Surgery for Intraparenchymal Tumors"
Johnathan Engh, MD

9:30 a.m.
"NeuroEndoport Surgery: Complications and Avoidance"
Johnathan Engh, MD

10:00 .m.
"Surgical Anatomy Lab Dissection"
LOCATION: Scaife Hall, 3rd Floor, Teaching Lab

Keyhole Approaches: Transorbital

12:45 p.m.
Lunch & Lecture

1:30 p.m.
"3D Surgical Anatomy of the Orbit, Basal Cisterns, and Middle Fossa"
Juan Fernandez-Miranda, MD

2:00 p.m.
"Case Selection for Transorbital Approaches"
Paul Gardner, MD

3:00 p.m.
"Surgical Anatomy Lab Dissection"
LOCATION:  Scaife Hall, 3rd Floor, Teaching Lab

5:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.
Buses Depart Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center for Transportation to Course Social Event

6:30 p.m.
Course Social Event: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants

9:00 p.m.
Buses Depart PNC Park for Transportation to Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

• Friday, June 24, 2016 (Optional)

7:45 a.m.

Option A:

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Case Presentations & Live Interactive Surgical Demonstrations 
Johnathan Engh, MD
Juan Fernandez-Miranda, MD
Paul Gardner, MD

Option B: You must sign-up for this option at the registration desk BEFORE Friday.

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Unproctored Anatomical Dissection
Scaife Hall
3rd Floor, Room 351, Teaching Lab

12:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.
Course Adjournment

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for practicing neurosurgeons, fellows and residents who are interested in learning, updating or advancing their ability to access all areas of the intracranial space using endoscopic and minimally invasive approaches.

Course Objectives

Following completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Learn relevant anatomy of the skull base from endonasal and keyhole perspectives.
  • Identify relevant anatomy of white matter for planning endoscopic port surgery.
  • Learn relevant anatomy of the orbit for eyebrow and transorbital approaches.
  • Review the learning curve and appropriate case selection for endoscopic endonasal surgery, endoscopic port surgery, and keyhole approaches.

Registration Fees

$1,500.00 Practicing Neurosurgeons 
$1,000.00 Residents and Fellows (must be accompanied by letter from program director)

Registration includes hands-on anatomical dissection, lectures, course materials, and course-related meals/social events.

Space is limited due to the number of stations in the anatomical dissection laboratory. Requests for registration will be accepted in the order in which they are received. Please do not make travel arrangements until you have received an official confirmation letter.  Please allow sufficient time for international visas. 

To request a registration form, please contact Mary Jo Tutchko, conference manager, by email (skullbasecourse@upmc.edu) or phone (001-412-647-8186). 

Participation by all individuals is welcomed. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of any special needs at least two weeks in advance of the course by contacting Mary Jo Tutchko.

Course Location and Hotel Accommodations

Department of Neurological Surgery, Main Conference Room
UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
(4th Floor, B Wing, Suite B-400)
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh (Oakland), PA 15213

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Teaching Lab
Scaife Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 350
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh (Oakland), PA 15261

Hotels within walking distance of campus:

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center (Course Hotel)
100 Lytton Avenue 
Pittsburgh (Oakland), PA 15213 
Phone: 412-682-6200
Distance from campus 0.7 miles; travel time on foot 10 minutes.

A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of June 21-24 until May 31, 2016 at the rate of $138.00/night. To make a reservation under the course room block, please do so online at The Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center website (if needed, the Group Code is: 06216841PI).  If you wish to make reservations outside of these dates, please contact the Wyndham directly at 412-682-6200.

Hilton Garden Inn
Pittsburgh University Place
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15213
Phone: 412-683-2040
Distance from campus 0.3 miles; travel time on foot 5 minutes.

Hampton Inn Pittsburgh University Center
3315 Hamlet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-681-1000
Special Rate Code: Corporate Account #0560001041
Distance from campus 0.7 miles; travel time on foot 15 minutes.

Quality Inn University Center
3401 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-683-6100
Distance from campus 0.74 miles; travel time on foot 15 minutes.

Continuing Medical Education Credit

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing and sent via US/air mail, e-mail or fax. Tuition for cancellations postmarked 60 days before the first day of the course will be completely refunded. No refunds will be made if notice received less than 60 days from the first day of the course. Cancellation requests should be sent to:

Mary Jo Tutchko, Conference Manager 
UPMC Center for Cranial Base Surgery 
200 Lothrop Street, EEI 500 
Pittsburgh PA 15213 
Phone: 412-647-8186 
Fax: 412-647-2080
E-mail: skullbasecourse@upmc.edu

The UPMC/Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences reserves the right to cancel this program if sufficient registrations are not received. In the case of cancellation, the department will fully refund registration fees. However, other costs incurred by the registrant, such as airline or hotel penalties, are the responsibility of the registrant.

Video Recorders and/or Cameras

The use of video, audio, recording, and photographic devices are NOT permitted at any time in the conference room, anatomy lab or hospital. 

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. 

Contact Us

Mary Jo Tutchko, Conference Manager 
UPMC Center for Cranial Base Surgery 
200 Lothrop Street, EEI 500 
Pittsburgh PA 15213 
Phone: (001)-412-647-8186 
Fax: (001)-412-647-2080
E-mail: skullbasecourse@upmc.edu