Skull Base Center

Skull base surgery is performed on brain tumors and other problems that occur in the skull base area of the brain. The skull base forms the floor of the cranial cavity and separates the brain from other facial structures. It is one of the most complex areas of the body for surgery, because the skull base contains many intricate structures, including the eye orbits, ear canals, two carotid arteries, two vertebral arteries, 12 cranial nerves and the blood drainage system of the brain.

The skull base team at the Skull Base Center evaluates and treats several hundred patients with skull base disorders each year at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Patients requiring surgery are treated with the latest, state-of-the-art equipment enabling the skull base surgery team to perform sophisticated and intricate surgery in the safest manner possible.

Expertise in the Field of Skull Base Surgery

The Skull Base Center of Cushing Neuroscience Institute at North Shore-LIJ Health System provides expertise in a field of neurosurgery that combines well established techniques of micro neurosurgery with newer, less invasive techniques to more safely remove tumors and treat vascular problems of the skull base, pituitary fossa (where the pituitary gland resides), and cavernous sinus (a cavity at the base of the brain).

The Skull Base Center is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of board-certified skull base neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, head and neck surgeons, neuroradiologists, interventional neuroradiologists, anesthesiologists, nurses, physician assistants and physical therapists. Each team member is dedicated to delivering high-quality care to patients with meningiomas, pituitary tumors, vestibular schwannomas/acoustic neuromas, disorders of the cavernous sinus and facial pain.

Our center works in tandem with the renowned group of neurosurgeons at Cushing Neuroscience Institute's Brain Tumor Center who bring breadth and depth of expertise in the diagnosis and removal of both benign and malignant tumors of the nervous system.

Performing Surgery on Difficult Skull Base Tumors
Our skull base surgeons focus on the removal of some of the most difficult-to-reach tumors within the cranium. Because of the complexity of the anatomy within the skull base region and the wide range of disorders that affect this boundary between the deep intracranial and extracranial structures, our surgeons treat some of the most difficult cases. These disorders include:

  • Schwannomas - Also called acoustic neuromas, these are slow-growing benign tumors of the vestibular cochlear nerve, the nerve that connects the ear to the brain. 
  • Tumors of the pituitary gland (found between the roof of the nasal cavity and the base of the brain)
  • Meningiomas - tumors that form on the covering of the brain
  • Chordomas - tumors that grow from the remnants of embryonic tissue
  • Cavernous sinus tumors - tumors found in the sinuses located behind the eyes
  • Specialized services of our Neurocritical Care Center

Our Neurocritical Care Center provides seven-day-a-week, around-the-clock critical care for patients who have recently undergone skull base surgery. Following these delicate procedures, patients often require close monitoring and attendance by specially trained nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other highly specialized personnel to help ensure quick and uneventful postoperative recoveries.

Make an appointment at our Skull Base Center
Cushing Neuroscience Institute’s Skull Base Center makes it easy for you to take the first steps in ensuring the best neurological care for yourself and your family. Simply email us at, or call us at  844-56Neuro (844-566-3876). You may also fill out our Request an Appointment form.