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New Orleans, LA Under the direction of Program Chair Dr. Daniel Nuss, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, the 20TH Annual Meeting of the North American Skull Base Society (NASBS) is coming to New Orleans, October 14 - 18, 2009. Dr. Nuss, who is President of the NASBS, has also organized one of the largest ever hands-on surgical dissection workshops in craniofacial surgery at the Klein Center for Advanced Practice on the LSUHSC campus that will kick off the conference. The NASBS meeting, anchored at the Astor Crowne Plaza, is expected to draw about 700 members and their families to New Orleans.

Participants will learn about the newest technologies available including robotics, endoscopic advances, image guidance systems and radiosurgery, as well as the very latest surgical techniques and the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach. The complete program is available at

“What this is all about is getting patients well and back to functioning in the world after they undergo surgery for life-threatening craniofacial problems,” says Dr. Nuss. “It is a patient-centered, quality of life focused meeting of some of the best surgeons in the world.”

The North American Skull Base Society (NASBS), is a professional medical society that facilitates communication worldwide between individuals pursuing clinical and research excellence in skull base surgery. Founded in 1989, the NASBS is a multidisciplinary group of otolaryngologists, neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, radiation oncologists, and other physicians who are dedicated to the treatment of tumors and related problems affecting the base of the skull. Such problems include the great spectrum of benign and malignant tumors of the brain, skull and craniofacial region, craniofacial trauma, congenital deformities and many other unusual conditions. In addition to diagnosis and treatment, this group also focuses on rehabilitation, especially as related to neurologic and special-sensory problems including cranial nerve deficits affecting vision, taste, hearing, balance, facial nerve function, speech, swallowing, and other crucial functions.

“Skull Base Surgery is an extremely uncommon specialty,” notes Dr. Nuss. “It is a specialty niche composed of highly sub-specialized ENT surgeons, neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, and ophthalmologists, all dedicated to caring for patients with disorders affecting the delicate region we refer to as the base of the skull. All have served fellowships and advanced training programs to qualify.”

The theme of the meeting – Recovery, Renewal and Rehabilitation: Achieving Optimal Outcomes in Skull Base Surgery – is a theme appropriate to the setting in New Orleans as this great American city continues to renew and reinvent itself four years after hurricane Katrina.

Meeting faculty include representation from the United States, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, and Taiwan. Faculty from LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Schools of Medicine and Allied Health Professions are extensively involved in the meeting. Those who will present from the LSUHSC School of Medicine faculty include Drs. Moises Arriaga, David Beahm, Michael DiLeo, Evelyn Kluka, James Lin, Kevin McLaughlin, Andrew McWhorter, Daniel Nuss, Anna Maria Pou, Rohan Walvekar, and Vladimir Zuzukin from the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery; Drs. Frank Culicchia, Jay Ulm, Vittorio Russo, Francesca Graziano, and Roger Smith from the Department of Neurosurgery; Drs. Richard Whitworth and William Swartz, as well as Anthony Wells and Reginald Delmore, from the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy; Dr. Gary Glynn from the Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Department of Medicine; and Tammy Crabtree, MCD, CCC-A, Department of Communication Disorders in the LSUHSC School of Allied Professions.


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