I am a Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in Neurosurgery. I received all of my surgical training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and was fortunate to be the first fellow in cranial base surgery (1987-1989). The UPMC Center for Cranial Base Surgery was the first skull base center in North America and was based on the pioneering work of Drs. Laligam Sekhar, Victor Schramm, and Ivo Janecka. Currently, I am Co-Director of the center with Dr. Paul Gardner from Neurosurgery. Over the last 30 years, I have participated in two major paradigm shifts in cranial base surgery: craniofacial approaches and endoscopic endonasal approaches.
As Past President of the North American Skull Base Society, I am passionate about global education and the development of global centers of excellence in skull base surgery. Our UPMC Team has pioneered the use of surgical telementoring in this capacity. Outside of cranial base surgery, I am very interested in quality improvement and product innovation.