About Me

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.

Contact Information
Contact Information
  • Phone: (412) 647-8186 Call
Hospitals
Hospital Affiliations
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • UPMC Mercy Hospital
  • UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
  • Select Specialty Hospital/Pittsburgh
  • UPMC Shadyside Hospital
  • VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Skills
Specialities
  • Otolaryngology
Areas Of Expertise
  • Endoscopic Endonasal Approach (EEA)
    20 + years
  • Transcranial and Transfacial Approaches to the Anterior and Lateral Skull Base
    30 + years
  • Pediatric Skull Base Surgery
    30 + years
Clinical Focuses
  • Cranial Base Surgery
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Oncologic Head and Neck Surgery
Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
Education & Training
Education
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
    BA, Biology
    1974 - 1978
  • University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
    MD, Medicine
    1978 - 1982
  • University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business
    MBA
    2010 - 2011
Training
  • Surgical Internship
    Western Pennsylvania Hospital
    1982 - 1983
  • Otolaryngology Residency
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    1983 - 1987
  • Cranial Base Surgery Fellowship
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    1987 - 1989
Work Experience
Work Experiences
  • Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurological Surgery
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Co-Director, Center for Cranial Base Surgery
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Vice Chair for Quality and Safety, Department of Otolaryngology
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Certifications
Board Certifications
  • Otolaryngology
    American Board of Otolaryngology
    1987
Advanced Training Certifications
  • Patient Safety Executive Development Program
    Institute for Healthcare Improvement
    2012
  • From Bench Top to Bedside: What Every Scientist Needs to Know
    University of Pittsburgh, Office of Enterprise Development, Health Sciences
    2014
Affiliations
Professional Affiliations
  • Member
    American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • Member
    American College of Surgeons
  • Member
    American Head and Neck Society
  • Past President
    North American Skull Base Society
  • Member
    Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
Academic Affliations
  • Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Vice Chair for Quality and Safety, Department of Otolaryngology
    Universtiy of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Awards & Honors
Awards & Honors
  • Distinguished Service Award
    American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation
    2002
  • Presidential Citation
    American Head and Neck Society
    2004
  • Clerf Lecture
    Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
    2006
  • Sir Charles Ballance Memorial Medal
    British Skull Base Society
    2007
  • John L. Kemink, MD Memorial Lecture
    University of Michigan
    2011
  • Distinguished Service Award
    American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation
    2013
  • Presidential Citation
    The Triological Society
    2014
  • Semon Lecture, Laryngology & Rhinology Section
    The Royal Society of Medicine
    2015
Publications
Publications