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Fall 1999 Update
By Hrayr Shahinian, MD

I have recently reviewed the growth of the Skull Base Institute over the past year and I am pleased with the progress we have made. With the completion of our 100th operative case at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center this year, we have become one of the most active divisions of skull base surgery in the nation.

This achievement has not gone unnoticed. Referrals from physicians nationwide have begun to increase. This is largely due to increasing awareness of our use of minimally invasive endoscopic techniques in pituitary surgery, acoustic neuroma surgery, and microvascular decompression surgery.

Nor have our research efforts been unrecognized. We have published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and have made a number of speeches at major regional, national, and international conferences (see Research Review on page 2). Our current research projects promise to yield results for more publications and presentations this coming year.

What lies ahead? From clinical and research standpoints, much of the same. We have accomplished much, but there is still much to do. And we are always looking for ways to increase professional and public awareness of the possibilities offered by skull base surgery.

To that end, our Fourth Annual Skull Base Surgery Lectureship, to be held this autumn, promises to be an exceptional forum for us to present our experiences to an international panel of guests and our regional community. In attendance will be some of the world's pioneering leaders in the field of skull base surgery, including skull base surgeons, otolaryngologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, and neuroradiologists from France, Italy, Belgium, and the Americas. During the conference we will review some of the history of skull base surgery, as well as discuss current and future trends in the field. We have planned a series of lectures and interactive presentations, including a live demonstration of endoscopic pituitary surgery transmitted directly to the conference center from the operating room. This exchange of ideas and images promises to be enlightening to all in attendance.

Please contact us directly for more information regarding the conference curriculum and for registration materials, as well as with any other questions and comments. As always, we welcome and appreciate your input and feedback.