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Spring 2003 Update
By Hrayr Shahinian, MD

I am pleased and privileged to announce a new and important event in the history of The Skull Base Institute. In 1996 we relocated from New York to Los Angeles. Since then thousands of patients from all over the world have been successfully treated. They came from as far west as Sydney, Australia or Tokyo, Japan and as far east as Napoli, Italy or Toulouse, France. Similarly, patients from every state in our great nation have also undergone surgery at The Skull Base Institute.

We have established one of the largest practices specializing in minimally invasive endoscopic skull base and brain tumor surgery. Our innovative techniques have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and are well illustrated on our main website at

Our patients suffer from a variety of skull base and brain tumors including pituitary tumors, meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, craniopharyngiomas and intracranial neurovascular conflicts such as trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm. The vast majority of these disorders can and have been treated using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques and more than 90% of our patients have been discharged within forty-eight hours.

Based on our success we have exciting news to share with our patients and referring doctors. As of September, 2003, The Skull Base Institute will move to an entirely new suite on the top (eleventh) floor of the same building. The world-renowned architectural firm, HOK (Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum) is designing the new larger facilities including a large patient conference room with wireless computer graphic displays and state-of-the-art patient education material.

Our website and e-mail addresses will remain the same, similarly our mailing address will still be 8635 West Third Street, Los Angeles, California 90048. We will, in due time, of course communicate our new telephone and fax numbers.

Although 2004 will be another expansion year for us including new facilities and other hospital affiliations, we will strive to maintain the same quality and personalized care that we have always provided and that our patients understandably expect.