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The Skull Base Lab at Northwestern University

Surgical approaches to the skull base require a deep understanding of neuroanatomy. Here at the Skull Base Lab in downtown Chicago, we give residents, fellows, and practicing surgeons an opportunity to work with highly trained faculty using state-of-the-art technologies and hands-on dissection.

Anatomy is the foundation of our practice, and by incorporating 3D visualizations, virtual reality, and cadaveric dissections into the lab, we’re able to fully illustrate the complexities of the human brain in a way that further cements surgeons’ and residents’ visuospatial knowledge. The Skull Base Lab emphasizes a comprehensive and translational approach using real surgical techniques that better equip trainees with the skills they need in the OR.

We offer year-round labs for residents as well as an annual Comprehensive Skull Base Program, and workshops at various points throughout the year. Additionally, our facilities are available to rent for outside ENT, Skull Base, or other Head & Neck programs. For inquiries, contact


2023 Northwestern 3-Day Open and Endoscopic Skull Base Program 6/23-6/25

Target Audience
Specialties - Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology

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

  1. Review the surgical approaches (open and endoscopic) for complex, skull base pathologies.
  2. Recognize the advantages of a team-based approach for managing pre-, peri- and postoperative skull base pathologies.
  3. Demonstrate proficient endoscopic instrument handling and performing standard open skull base approaches.
  4. Master Minimally invasive endoscopic endonasal approaches to the sellar and peri-sellar area, advanced orbital-zygomatic craniotomy.
  5. Identify complex skull base pathologies.


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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 21.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Additional Information

Questions? Please contact Laura Jaros at or 312.926.3369.


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (21.75 hours), Non-Physician Attendance (21.75 hours) 





James Chandler, MD


  • Michael Walsh, MD
  • Robert Kern, MD
  • Osaama Khan, MD
  • David Conley, MD
  • Alan Micco, MD
  • Matthew Tate, MD
  • Adam Sonabend, MD
  • Matthew Potts, MD
  • Babak Jahromi, MD
  • Stephen Magill, MD, PhD