The members of the Center for Skull Base Surgery team at The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates — surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and radiologists — all work together to bring an unparalleled skull base treatment expertise and skill level to the Washington, DC, area.
GW has been at the forefront of skull base surgery from the very beginning. We employ the most advanced diagnostic and treatment tools. But, there’s something else, something very personal about being under the care of our team in Washington. Our patients don’t get lost in the system. They’re not some small speck in a huge, institutional medical system. That focused, personal attention, is reason enough to consider the skull base team here.”
– Zachary Litvack, MD, MRC
Our multidisciplinary team treats both benign and malignant tumors of the nose, pituitary gland, sinus and skull base with minimally invasive procedures so patients can get back to enjoying their lives. Quickly.
Our neurosurgery team is one of very few in the Washington, DC region to provide patients the option of single-port (or single entry) intracranial endoscopy. Endoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical approach in which a tiny camera is strategically inserted to provide high-definition visualization of an area of the brain. During the procedure, specialists utilize fiber optic instruments combined with high-definition imaging to inspect, treat and/or remove tumors and cysts from the brain. The single-port approach not only streamlines the procedure, it also provides a faster recovery and a more aesthetically pleasing result as there’s typically only a tiny scar visible in the patient’s hairline or along the eyebrow.
When the patient, or his family, is scared and looking for answers, it’s my primary duty to weigh quality and quantity of life versus the risk of surgery…our philosophy is to preserve or improve as much of the neurologic function as possible through a combination of minimally invasive procedures and when appropriate, non-surgical treatment options.”
Zachary Litvack, MD, MCR
Patients do not need to travel to find expertise. Expertise comes from fellowship training and number of surgeries performed. What matters is experience in using breakthrough technology. When you choose an experienced skull base team that practices near your home base, you get that extra level of comfort that comes with knowing your doctor, the surgeon who knows your case, is close by.
It usually takes 12 or more years of education and training after high school to become a surgeon. College. Medical School. Residency. Most doctors start practicing in their specialties after all that work. That's not the case with the members of our team. Every member of our Skull Base team has additional fellowship training in his sub-specialty. That extra concentrated surgical training gives each member of our team an unusual mastery of the highly advanced surgical techniques that often take years and years of private practice to achieve. Most definitely, there's a great deal of competition for fellowships these days. Only the brightest, most promising doctors are awarded fellowship spots.