Comprehensive Endoscopic Endonasal Course

This four-day course teaches the surgical techniques and anatomy for endoscopic endonasal surgery of the ventral skull base. Experts on the subject will present the anatomical indications and technical aspects of this procedure along with the risks, benefits, and outcomes.

The course features an interactive live surgery demonstration using indocyanine green fluorescence endoscopy, 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 ventral skull base.

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 H. Snyderman, MD, MBA
Paul A. Gardner, MD
Eric W. Wang, MD
Georgios A. Zenonos, MD

2020 Course Dates

May 6-9 (Guest Faculty: Drs. Gabriel Zada and Bozena Wrobel) CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
August 12-15 (Guest Faculty: Drs. C. Arturo Solares and Gustavo Pradilla)
September 30-October 3 (Guest Faculty: TBA)

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 (skullbasecourse@upmc.edu). 

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:
(Includes anatomical dissection, lectures, course materials and all course-related meals/social events)

$2,000 Single* Resident/Fellow
$3,000 Single* Practicing Physician

$3,000 Residents/Fellow Team**
$5,000 Practicing Physicians Team** 

*Single Registration = 1 Specimen x 1 Registrant
** Team Registration = 1 Specimen x 2 Registrants

Please note that since the technique of endoscopic endonasal surgery is performed by 2 surgeons (4 hands), teams are given priority. 

Lectures Only Registration (no anatomical dissection):
(Includes lectures, course materials, and all course-related meals/social events.)

$1,000 Practicing Physician 
$500 Resident/Fellow

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 July 24 for the August course. To make a  reservation under our room block, please click on the following link:

August 12-15 Course: https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/groups/hr/pittsburgh-skull-base2
September 30-October 3 course: TBA

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 2019 courses had to say:

  • “Excellent course!  Excellent teachers with enough experience.”
  • “Very good course, helps to understand what is possible with endoscopic endonasal surgery and also the limitations.  Well done!”
  • “The course prepared me for skull base as well as endoscopic sinus surgery.”
  • “The 3D anatomy lectures were empowering and very helpful.”
  • “I think the course is very good and covers all the basic aspects to perform endoscopic endonasal surgery safely.”
  • “This course has given me more confidence to perform endoscopic endonasal surgery with the knowledge and techniques learned.”
  • “I was able to acquire the necessary anatomical and practical knowledge to apply these in different surgical approaches. Endoscopic surgery provides me with a minimally invasive approach to perform complex surgeries.”

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
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.

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 
Email: skullbasecourse@upmc.edu