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Skull Base Center

The Vanderbilt Skull Base Center treats tumors and non-tumor conditions in or around the skull base, the area deep behind your eyes and nose. Because there are many different types of skull base tumors, including those that are cancerous and those that aren’t, each patient’s needs are unique. These tumors also tend to be extremely complex and can be challenging to treat. At the Vanderbilt Skull Base Center, you’ll find a team of doctors and other professionals, including our patient care coordinator, who have the expertise required to deliver the care you need and provide the compassion you want.

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Conditions We Treat

We treat all skull base-related conditions, including:

Meet Your Care Team

Joseph M. Aulino

Joseph M. AulinoMD

    Head and Neck Imaging, Neurologic Surgery, Nose and Sinus Conditions, Otolaryngology, Radiology, Skull Base Conditions, Skull Base Surgery
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
Anthony J. Cmelak

Anthony J. CmelakMD

    Cancer, Neuro-Oncology, Neurosciences, Primary and Metastatic Nervous System Cancers, Radiation Oncology, Upper Airway (Tracheal), Oral, Nasal, Lip, and Other Head and Neck Cancers

Why Choose Skull Base Center at Vanderbilt

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

    Our team of doctors, nurses and other health care 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.

  • diploma, award, ribbon, Recognized care, quality
    Recognized Care

    Vanderbilt is a leader in treating intracranial cerebrospinal spinal fluid (CSF) leaks. These types of leaks are different than spinal CSF leaks and occur at the skull base through the nose or ear. Our experienced surgical team performs more procedures than all other Tennessee hospitals combined.

  • 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. 

  • 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 that you receive the best possible care. Our patient care coordinator guides you through treatment and ensures your questions are answered. Contact our patient care coordinator directly at (615) 936-4730.

  • survey, clipboard, Clinical trials
    Clinical trials

    As part of an academic medical center, we offer access to some of the most promising new approaches being tested in clinical trials. Find a clinical trial

Tests, Treatments and Services

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

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


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