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Endoscopic Skull Base Anatomy

The Endoscopic Endonasal Approach (EEA) has revolutionized skull base surgery. Dr. Fernandez-Miranda is a leader in this field and has been at its forefront with innovative contributions to the development and refinement of endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery. Multiple projects under his direction have detailed the surgical and anatomical nuances underlying complex endonasal endoscopic corridors to the skull base. These projects have underlined the importance of intense and constant interaction between the laboratory and the operating room. The goal is to continue contributing to the education of residents, fellows and neurosurgeons worldwide interested in endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery. Acquisition of complex skull base anatomy from an endonasal perspective is critical towards safe application of the endoscopic endonasal surgery. Using intricate dissections of the skull base, as pertinent to these approaches, we aim to continue making landmark contributions to the skull base community over the coming years with the ultimate aim of improving surgical and patient outcomes.

In addition, the lab will expand into newer “minimally invasive” routes into the brain and skull base, exploring the applications and limitations of transorbital, transfacial (transmaxillary, transglabellar), and keyhole (preauricular, postauricular) endoscopic approaches.