Comprehensive Endoscopic Endonasal Course

This four-day Comprehensive Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Course teaches the surgical techniques and anatomy for endoscopic endonasal surgery of the pituitary fossa and cranial base. Experts on the subject will present the anatomy indications and technical aspects of these approaches along with prevention of complications.

The course features an interactive live surgery demonstration, fresh anatomical specimen dissection, lectures and panel discussions, 3D anatomy lectures, and case presentations. Participants will have an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills regarding endoscopic surgery of the cranial base and pituitary fossa.

This course is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, the Department of Neurological Surgery, the Department of Otolaryngology, and the UPMC Center for Cranial Base Surgery.

Course Directors

Carl Snyderman, MD, MBA
Paul Gardner, MD
Eric W. Wang, MD

2019 Course Dates

May 8-11 (Guest Faculty: Drs. Andrew Little and John Milligan) 
July 31-August 3 (Guest Faculty: Drs. Tyler Kenning, Carlos Pinheiro-Neto and Maria Peris-Celda)

[2020 course dates will be announced soon]

If you are interested in registering for one of these courses, please download and return the completed request form as soon as possible as space is limited at each course. If we can accommodate you at the course of your choosing, you will receive an invitation and registration form by email.  The registration form will then need to be completed and returned together with payment in full within 30 days.  Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received confirmation of your registration.

Course Schedule

Day 1: Lectures: Principles, Anatomy, Levels I & II (Sinuses, Pituitary, CSF Leaks); 3D Anatomy Presentations; Anatomical Specimen Prosection/Hands-On Dissection

Day 2: Live Surgery Demonstration; Lectures: Endonasal Modules, Level III (Extradural Cranial Base, Sagittal Plane); 3D Anatomy Presentations; Anatomical Specimen Prosection/Hands-On Dissection

Day 3: Lectures: Levels IV & V (Intradural Cranial Base, Coronal Plane); 3D Anatomy Presentations; Anatomical Specimen Prosection/Hands-On Dissection

Day 4: Lectures: Complications & Outcomes; Case Discussions; 3D Anatomy Presentations; Anatomical Specimen Hands-On Dissection; ICA Injury Simulation Exercise

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for skull base teams (neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, head and neck surgeons) and senior level residents to learn and practice the technical skills needed to perform comprehensive endoscopic endonasal surgery of the ventral skull base.

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least three weeks in advance of the course by contacting Mary Jo Tutchko either by phone (001-412-647-8186) or by email ( 

Course Objectives

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

  • Describe the anatomic relationships between the ventral skull base, paranasal sinuses and orbit.
  • Understand the indications, benefits and risks associated with endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery.
  • Utilize endoscopic techniques to approach tumors in the anterior, middle and cranial fossae.

Registration Fees

Full Course/Hands On Registration:

$3,000 Single Registrant (1 anatomic specimen x 1 registrant) *
$5,000 Team Registration (1 anatomic specimen x 2 registrants)

Includes course handout, all lectures, hands-on anatomic dissection, and all meals/social events listed on the program.

* Please note that the technique of endoscopic endonasal surgery is performed by two surgeons (four hands). We highly recommend that, if at all possible, you form a team with one of your colleagues, as individuals who have come alone have commented how difficult it was to perform the anatomical dissections by themselves (i.e. with only two hands).

Observer/Lectures Only Registration:

$1,000 (includes course handout, all lectures and meals/social events listed in the program; no hands-on anatomic dissection is permitted).

Reduced registration fees are available for residents and fellows in training.

Course Location and Hotel Accommodations

UPMC Presbyterian Hospital Campus
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh (Oakland), PA 15213

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 is being held at the rate of $129.00 per night until April 16 for the May course and July 9 for the July-August course. To make a  reservation under our room block, please visit: and enter Group/Corporate Code 05076841PK for the May course and 07306841PK for the July-August course.

The Oaklander – An Autograph Collection Hotel
5130 Bigelow Boulevard
Pittsburgh PA 15213
Phone: 412-578-8500
Distance from campus 0.6 miles; travel time on foot 10 minutes

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 #0002733583 
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™.

What Other Participants Are Saying

Here’s what participants from our most recent course had to say:

  • “I sincerely believe that the course level is excellent and perfectly organized! The practical and theoretical content is intense, and magnificently expressed by all the organizers, even social events.”
  • “Outstanding course planning and execution.”
  • “This course is great and it met and superseded my expectations!”
  • “The course offers everything we need for training in endoscopic endonasal surgery. The comparison with other courses in the world, I consider it to be one of the best in the specialty.”
  • "Excellent workshop; superb live surgeries; unparalleled lab prosection, discussions and dissections; masterful surgical videos. Exceeded my expectations in terms of course content; lab modules; wide variety of cases and corridors instructed. Absolutely brilliant and warm hospitality.”

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing and sent via US/air mail, e-mail or fax. Tuition for cancellations postmarked or date-stamped 90 days before the first day of the course will be completely refunded. No refunds will be made if notice received less than 90 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: (001) 412-647-8186
Fax: (001) 412-647-2080

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.

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