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Skull Base Tumor Care

The Vanderbilt Skull Base Center treats many types of tumors located in or around the skull base — which is deep within the area behind your eyes and nose. These tumors can affect speech, hearing, smell and eyesight. Skull base tumors are complex, and no two patients are alike. Because treatment of these tumors requires a high level of expertise and a nuanced approach, patients like you are choosing Vanderbilt Skull Base Center.

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Conditions We Treat

We treat all skull base tumors and related conditions, including:

  • Carotid body tumors (carotid paragangliomas)
  • Cerebellopontine angle (CPA) tumors
  • Chondrosarcomas
  • Chordomas
  • Clival tumors
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Esthesioneuroblastomas (ENB; olfactory neuroblastomas)

Meet Your Care Team

Marc L. Bennett

Marc L. BennettMD, FACS

    Acoustic Neuroma, Cholesteatoma, Cochlear Implant Evaluation and Therapy, ENT Ear, Nose, Throat (Otolaryngology), Hearing Loss, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Otolaryngology
Lola B. Chambless

Lola B. ChamblessMD

    Acoustic Neuroma, Brain Cancer, Brain Tumor/Cancer, Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pituitary Surgery
Rakesh K. Chandra

Rakesh K. ChandraMMHC, MD

    Adult Rhinitis, Adult Sinusitis, Allergy / Immunology, CSF Leak Repair, Nose and Sinus Conditions, Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology Surgery
Naweed I. Chowdhury

Naweed I. ChowdhuryMD

    ENT Ear, Nose, Throat (Otolaryngology), Nose and Sinus Conditions, Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology Surgery, Skull Base Conditions, Skull Base Surgery
David S. Haynes

David S. HaynesMD

    Acoustic Neuroma, Adult and Pediatric Hearing Loss, Cholesteatoma, Cochlear Implant Evaluation and Therapy, ENT Ear, Nose, Throat (Otolaryngology), Hearing and Speech Sciences, Otolaryngology
Taha A. Jan

Taha A. JanMD

    Acoustic Neuroma, Adult and Pediatric Ear Disorders, CSF Leak Repair, Cholesteatoma, Hearing Loss, Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology Surgery

Why Choose Skull Base Tumor Care at Vanderbilt

  • physician, doctor, stethoscope, Skilled clinicians
    Skilled clinicians

    Our doctors have specialized training in diagnosing and treating skull base tumors. As leading experts, our doctors also serve in the organizations responsible for establishing national guidelines for patient care.

  • medical chart, clipboard, cross, Knowledge and experience
    Knowledge and experience

    Our team of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals are leaders in treating skull base tumors and related conditions. Our doctors have performed thousands of skull base surgeries and have also helped train the next generation of doctors in this specialty area.

  • conference, Team approach, people, staff, partners
    Team approach

    Doctors from multiple specialties are brought into your treatment team when needed. These might include ENTs, physical therapists, oncologists, radiologists and others. Our multi-specialty surgery team consists of a skull base neurosurgeon, neurotologist, neuroanesthesia specialist, and — if needed — a head and neck surgeon.

  • goal, specialized, individualized, customized, Personalized care
    Personalized care

    We tailor your treatment plan to meet your unique needs and health goals. We help you navigate your treatment options to ensure you receive the best possible care.

  • people, Tumor board, team, staff, partners
    Tumor board

    Your treatment begins with a careful review of your condition by our tumor board. Our board includes specialists in neurosurgery, neurotology, radiation oncology, neurology, otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, and oncology.

  • lightning bolt, Innovation, advanced

    Not only do our doctors use the latest therapies and technologies to treat skull base tumors, they’re often involved with creating those therapies. Dedication to advancing and improving the treatment of skull base tumors and related conditions is at the center of what they do. 

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

  • Surgery, including minimally invasive endoscopy
  • Combined therapy (surgery and radiation)


1215 21st Ave. S., Suite 7209
Nashville, TN 37232