A Hands-on Skull Base Training Program in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois

This comprehensive, 2-day course is designed for both novice and experienced surgeons, residents and fellows. Dr. James Chandler and the Skull Base team will teach by didactic presentations, 3D and VR anatomy demonstrations and guided cadaveric dissection.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Review the surgical approaches (open and endoscopic) for complex, skull base pathologies.

  • Recognize the advantages of a team-based approach for managing pre-, peri- and postoperative skull base pathologies.

  • Demonstrate proficient endoscopic instrument handling and performing standard open skull base approaches.

Target Audience

Neurosurgery and Otolaryngology residents, fellows, and attendings

Accreditation Statement
The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Day 1, Friday, May 29th
7:00am – 5:30pm

Module 1:
Sellar/Parasellar/Suprasellar Approaches

Module 2:
Anterior Cranial Base

Day 2, Saturday, May 30th
7:00am – 5:30pm

Module 3:
Middle Cranial Fossa, Infratemporal Skull Base

Module 4:
Transclival Approaches

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Michael Walsh, MD

Northwestern Medicine

Lake Forest Hospital

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Osaama H. Khan, MD

Northwestern Medicine Central Dupage Hospital

Omar Arnaout, MD

Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital

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Jean A. Eloy, MD

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Timothy Smith, MD

Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Stephen Shafizadeh, MD

CHI St. Vincent

Arkansas Neuroscience Institue


This 2-day course will be held at the Northwestern Medical Simulation for Advanced Surgical Education. This state-of-the-art facility employs the same instrumentation and equipment available in most operating rooms. 

Northwestern Medical Simulation

McGaw Pavilion

240 East Huron Street

Suite LC-0540

Chicago, Illinois 60611


In March of 2019, the first Advanced Training Program was held in the Northwestern Skull Base Lab Resident Training facilities.  The response was overwhelming and as this program grows, we'll be hosting it at the Northwestern Medical Simulation to make room for more participants. 






300 E. Superior, Tarry 2-750, Chicago, Illinois 60611