Cranial Base Surgery Program

The cranial (skull) base is one of the most complex regions of the human body. Vital blood vessels and major cranial nerves pass through the base of the cranium, making it a delicate area demanding precise skills for successful surgical interventions.

Under the leadership of Rick Friedman, MD, PhD Medical Director of the Cranial Base Surgery Program and Keith Black, MD, Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai, the dedicated cranial base surgical team composed of neurotologists and neurosurgeons, using the latest imaging technology, have extensive experience in this area and are dedicated to treating these potentially devastating disorders.

Featured Condition

acoustic neuroma treatment

Acoustic Neuroma

An acoustic neuroma is a benign brain tumor which starts in the cells that wrap around the auditory nerve in the head. This tumor is located on the eighth cranial nerve - the vestibulo-cochlear nerve – so patients will experience hearing loss, dizziness and tinnitus.

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Featured Treatment

treatments for patients with head and neck cancers

Cranial Extensions of Head and Neck Cancers

Patients with head and neck cancers frequently require treatment with a head and neck surgeon who will resect the tumor below the cranial base and a cranial base surgeon who will resect the portion that has gone through the cranial base and into the brain.

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