Skull base tumors are complex, and no two patients have the same needs. Vanderbilt Skull Base Center is among a few skull base centers in the U.S. with:

  • A history of treating skull base tumors. For over 40 years, Vanderbilt physicians have led in the field, training the nations top skull base doctors. Our center has performed thousands of skull base surgeries.
  • A multi-specialty surgical team. Our skull base surgeries are performed by a multi-specialty team including a skull base neurosurgeon, neurotologist, neuroanesthesia specialist, and head and neck surgeon, when needed.
  • A dedicated patient care coordinator. Our patient care coordinator serves as a personal contact, guiding you through treatment and recovery.
  • Advanced treatments. Our physicians excel at and in some cases, create the latest treatments and technologies for skull base tumors.
  • A specialty ICU. Our dedicated neurosurgical intensive care unit (ICU) offers 24/7 specialty care inside one of the nations best hospitals, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • An Acoustic Neuroma Center of Excellence. We are an Acoustic Neuroma Association Center of Excellence under the Acoustic Neuroma Association. Learn more about our specialty in treating acoustic neuromas.

Our Skull Base Center also treats non-tumor conditions occurring in or around the skull base, including cerebrospinal fluid leaks (CSF).

New and Better Skull Base Treatments

As an academic medical center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center brings together surgeons, physicians and scientists and other specialists to develop new treatments that improve patient care.

Our Skull Base Center is a national leader in skull base education and research, including:

  • Minimally invasive endoscopic and robotic surgery
  • Facial nerve preservation to avoid disfigurement from tumor removal
  • Advanced imaging and radiation
  • Intraoperative monitoring
  • Image guided surgery
  • Rehabilitation

Our Patient Care Coordinator: Your Helping Hand

Each patient at the Skull Base Center is supported by our patient care coordinator. Your care coordinator will guide you through treatment and ensure your questions are answered. Care coordinators can assist with:

  • Questions or concerns
  • Appointments or tests
  • Medical records
  • Insurance verification
  • Therapy or support groups

If you are a referring provider, our care coordinator can assist with transferring a patient.

Contact our patient care coordinator directly at (615) 936-4730.

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