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Loma Linda University Skull Base Center

The Loma Linda University Skull Base Center offers excellent outcomes in skull base tumor surgery. A multidisciplinary approach including neurosurgeons, head and neck surgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, and radiation oncologists trained in state-of-the-art minimally invasive skull base tumor treatment offers optimal quality of life to each patient. Very few centers in the United States provide these minimally invasive options.

Traditional approaches to skull base surgery include making incisions and scars on the face and large craniotomies that prolong healing and recovery time. Current up-to-date techniques used at Loma Linda University include endoscopic minimally invasive skull base tumor resections. This procedure includes using a small endoscopic camera through the nose to allow magnified imaging of skull base structures while using special instruments to dissect and remove tumors. Both benign and malignant tumors can be removed in this manner.

Some larger tumors require combined approaches to the skull base. Making cosmetically acceptable incisions such as the subcranial and cranio-orbito-zygomatic approaches may allow resection of these tumors with minimal morbidity.

Tumors of the skull base

  • Pituitary tumor - video (WMV 35.9MB)
  • Chordoma
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Juvenile angiofibroma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Infratemporal fossa tumors
  • Rathke's cyst
  • Sinus malignancies


  • Neurosurgeons
    • Dr. Frank P. K. Hsu
    • Dr. Walter D. Johnson
    • Dr. Alexander Zouros
  • Head and neck surgeons
    • Dr. John Y. Kim
    • Dr. Christopher Church
  • Interventional radiologist
    • Dr. George Luh
  • Radiation/proton therapy
    • Dr. Lilia Loredo
  • Microvascular Reconstruction
    • Dr. Paul Kim
    • Dr. Charles E. Stewart IV