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Pacific Rim Master Class 2024

Pacific Rim Master Class in Endoscopic Endonasal and Keyhole Surgery

A collaboration between University of Colorado & Pacific Neuroscience Institute

March 15-17th, 2024 | Santa Monica, California, USA

This 3-day course experience will provide an extensive immersion in advanced endonasal and transcranial keyhole surgical techniques using didactic and anatomical lectures, cadaveric dissections, and live surgery on Day 1.

The course faculty are highly experienced and recognized world-experts in minimally invasive endoscopic and keyhole surgery.

The course emphasis will be on:

  • Patient and approach selection
  • Surgical judgement
  • Anatomical awareness
  • Technical nuances
  • Complication avoidance
  • Maintaining quality of life
  • Optimizing clinical outcomes

Specific approaches discussed and performed in the lab will include:

  • Endoscopic endonasal route including extended approach variations
  • Supraorbital eyebrow craniotomy
  • Mini-pterional craniotomy
  • Gravity-assisted transfalcine and transtentorial endoscopic approaches
  • Retromastoid route

A team approach involving neurosurgery, otolaryngology and neuro-ophthalmology will be stressed as well as collaboration with neuro-oncology, endocrinology and radiation oncology.

The course will have sessions on keyhole surgery for neurosurgeons, and endonasal approaches for ENTs/ophthalmologists.


Neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists/ENT/rhinologists, plastic surgeons, and neuroophthalmologists/ ophthalmologists with some prior experience in endoscopic and keyhole surgery who want to expand their repertoire and capabilities.


$1,000 individual

  • Didactic & hands-on

$500 residents / fellows

$250 didactic only

Course Directors

Pacific Neuroscience Institute

PNI Faculty

In alphabetical order by last name

Garni Barkhoudarian, MD
Co-Director, Pituitary Disorders Center
Director, Adult Hydrocephalus Center
Director, Facial Pain Center
Director, SJCI/PNI Neuroanatomy

Chester F. Griffiths, MD, FACS
Head & Neck Surgery
Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
Director, Facial Pain Center Director, Pacific Eye, Ear & Skull Base Center

Adi Iyer, MD, MS
Neurosurgery & Neurointerventional Surgery
Director, Stroke & Neurovascular Center

Daniel F. Kelly, MD
Director, Brain Tumor Center
Director, Pituitary Disorders Program
Director & Co-Founder, Pacific Neuroscience Institute

Usman Khan, MD, PhD
Neurosurgery Fellow 2023-24

Amit Kochhar, MD
Director, Facial Nerve Disorders Program

Howard Krauss, MD
Director, Eye, Ear & Skull Base Center
Co-Founder, Pacific Neuroscience Institute

Walavan Sivakumar, MD
Director, Neurovascular Surgery
Director, Neurosurgery PNI South Bay

Noa Tal, MD

Michael Yong, MD, MPH, MBA
Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery;
Neurorhinology – Advanced Sinus & Skull Base Surgery

Lab Manager: Josh Emerson, BS, MFA

CU Faculty

In alphabetical order by last name

Ash Khanwalkar, MD
Head & Neck Surgery
University of Colorado Medicine

A. Samy Youssef, MD, PhD
Director, Skull Base Surgery
Professor of Neurosurgery & Otolaryngology
University of Colorado Medicine

Visiting Faculty

In alphabetical order by last name

Zachary Litvack, MD
Director of Minimally Invasive & Skull Base Surgery
Department of Neurosurgery
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Zara Patel, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology
Director, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS)
Stanford Health Care
Palo Alto, CA

Teddy Totimeh, MD
Consultant Neurosurgeon
Accra, Greater Accra Region
Ghana, West Africa

Gabriel Zada, MD
Director, USC Brain Tumor Center
Professor of Neurological Surgery (Clinical Sch)
Otolaryngology and Internal Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC
Co-Director, USC Pituitary Center
Los Angeles, CA

Course Overview

Friday, March 15th
12 – 5pm – Live surgery, short lectures, and evening reception

Saturday, March 16th
All-day lectures & dissection & course dinner

Sunday, March 17th
All-day lectures & dissection
5pm – Adjourn

For more information, please contact: Jenna Banaag, MHA