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Pacific Rim Hands-On Course: January 2019

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Course Directors
Daniel F. Kelly, MD – PNI
Garni Barkhoudarian, MD – PNI
Ricardo L. Carrau, MD – OSUCCC–James
Daniel M. Prevedello, MD – OSUCCC–James

Guest Faculty
Ivan El-Sayed, MD – UCSF
Juan Fernandez-Miranda – Stanford
Amin Kassam, MD – Aurora
Kris Moe, MD – U Wash
Charlie Teo, MD – Sydney


Pacific Rim Master Class in
Endoscopic Endonasal and Keyhole Surgery

A Collaboration Between Ohio State University & Pacific Neuroscience Institute

January 24 – 27, 2019

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Santa Monica
1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

Faculty: highly experienced and recognized world-experts in minimally invasive endoscopic and keyhole surgery.

Course Description: an extensive immersion in advanced endonasal and transcranial keyhole surgical techniques using didactic and 3-D anatomical lectures, cadaveric dissections, and a live surgery on Day 1.

Course emphasis: patient and approach selection, surgical judgement, anatomical awareness, technical nuances, complication avoidance, maintaining quality of life and optimizing clinical outcomes.

Specific surgical approaches discussed and performed in the lab: endoscopic endonasal route including extended approach variations, supraorbital eyebrow craniotomy, mini-pterional craniotomy, gravity-assisted transfalcine and transtentorial endoscopic approaches and the 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.

A portion of Day 3 will have parallel sessions on keyhole surgery for neurosurgeons, and endonasal approaches for ENTs/ophthalmologists.

Additional course details:

Pituitary Endonasal endoscopy
  1. Pre-course video lectures addressing the basic principles of endoscopic skull base surgery, anatomy of the sinonasal tract and skull base, supraorbital eyebrow craniotomy, transfalcine gravity-assisted craniotomy, supracerebellar transtentorial gravity assisted craniotomy and basic surgical technique and instrumentation. These will be provided to registered participants one month prior to the course, as the program will start at a level that presumes familiarity with these principles.
  2. Anatomical prosections (videos will be provided one month prior to the course).
  3. Laminated dissection manual (a digital version will be provided one month prior to the course).
  4. Sequence of complementary didactic lectures, roundtables and panel discussions (open format with audience participation), 3-D anatomical reviews and hands-on cadaveric dissection.
  5. Live surgery on Day#1 will be transmitted directly to the auditorium where the participants may interact with the surgeons and other members of the faculty.