Skull Base Institute
The Skull Base Institute (SBI), a designated Center of Excellence, is the first and only center devoted entirely to the art of skull base surgery. It is the world's premier institute to perform every procedure using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques and after pioneering endoscopic pituitary surgery, the only institute doing fully endoscopic surgery to treat acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, craniopharyngiomas, pineal tumors, arachnoid cysts, trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm. These techniques result in fewer complications, less pain and faster recovery than "open brain" craniotomies and contributes to the success in treating over 4,500 skull base patients. SBI's director, Dr. Hrayr Shahinian, is not a Neurosurgeon. He is exclusively a Skull Base Surgeon who has done a lengthier and more specialized training to include skull base, craniofacial and microvascular fellowships.