Live EEA Surgical Broadcast Scheduled

Live Surgery BroadcastPittsburgh, October 20, 2021 -- The UPMC Center for Cranial Base Surgery will host a live broadcast from the UPMC Presbyterian operating room, Thursday, November 4, showcasing the endoscopic endonasal skull base approach. The broadcast will highlight key instrumentation, including the introduction of a new irrigating attachment and nasal protective sleeve. The surgery will be performed by center co-directors Paul Gardner, MD, and Carl Snyderman, MD, MBA, with Eric Wang, MD, and Georgios Zenonos, MD, serving as moderators. 

The live broadcast—currently scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST—will be available through Microsoft Teams. Interested viewers must register for the broadcast, but registration is free and available here.

The UPMC Center for Cranial Base Surgery is a world leader in minimally invasive brain surgery, developing new techniques, tools and approaches that have made it possible to access many tumors, regardless of size. Since 1997, almost 4,000 endonasal surgeries have been performed in adults and children, making the center one of the busiest centers in the world for the surgical treatment of tumors of the pituitary region and cranial base.

The center has been at the forefront of pioneering and developing the endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA), an innovative surgical technique used to remove brain tumors and lesions—some as large as softballs—all through the nose. The center’s multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, ophthalmic surgeons, and spine surgeons has developed and refined the EEA technique, establishing it as one of the most experienced EEA centers in the world.

Complete details about the broadcast and the case—as well as the Teams meeting link—will be released to registrants three days prior to the event and will be posted on the center’s website at

Educational grant support for this activity is provided by Stryker Corporation and SPIWay, LLC.

For more information, or you have difficulties registering, please contact Mary Jo Tutchko at or by phone at (001) 412-647-8186.