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Skull Base Surgery

The skull base is the part of the skull that supports the undersurface of the brain.  Many vital structures are located here.  The roof of the eye socket and the roof of the nasal cavity form a common wall with the skull base.  The roof of many of the sinuses and the bone that encases the deep structures of the ear also make up part of the skull base.

The UC Davis Center for Skull Base Surgery, the largest program of its kind in the Western United States, has established an international reputation for excellence in the treatment of tumors and other diseases and disorders affecting the skull base.

Patients with rare and difficult diseases from throughout the United States and many other countries are referred to the UC Davis Center for Skull Base Surgery.  Week in and week out, center surgeons successfully treat conditions that not long ago would have been regarded as inoperable.

The right team for each patient

The UC Davis Center for Skull Base Surgery relies on multidisciplinary teams of top academic physicians, including otolaryngologists/head and neck surgeons, otologists, neurosurgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, prosthodontists, neuroradiologists and pathologists.  Cancer treatment is coordinated with surgical, medical and radiation oncologists of UC Davis Cancer Center.

Once a patient has been referred to the UC Davis Center for Skull Base Surgery, the appropriate team of physicians is quickly mobilized.  The team, supported by a nurse specialist and patient-care coordinator, reviews each case promptly and immediately begins treatment preparations.  Experienced staff are available to assist patients from outside the United States with international insurance plans.

Advanced technologies

Skull base surgeries can be long and complex, sometimes lasting as long as eight to 18 hours.  To carry out these challenging operations, the UC Davis Center for Skull Base Surgery employs the most advanced technologies available, from highly focused laser tools to powerful operating microscopes.

Comprehensive care

The Center for Skull Base Surgery is located on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis in the Glassrock Building at 2521 Stockton Blvd., adjacent to Cancer Survivors Park.  Surgeries are scheduled at UC Davis Medical Center, located at 2315 Stockton Blvd.  Oncology and radiation oncology appointments are scheduled at UC Davis Cancer Center at 4501 X St.

After surgery, other highly skilled professionals may join the treatment team to help patients through the recovery period. Trained in the care of patients undergoing skull base surgery, these professionals may include dietitians, speech and language pathologists and audiologists, specialty nurses, discharge planners and physical therapists. 

Our treatment team

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

Hilary Brodie, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology

Paul J. Donald, M.D.
Professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Director, Center for Skull Base Surgery

D. Gregory Farwell, M.D.
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
Head and Neck Oncology/Microvascular and Skull Base Surgery

Neurological Surgery

James E. Boggan, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair of Neurological Surgery
Associate Director, Center for Skull Base Surgery
Co-director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Biophotonics


Arthur B. Dublin, M.D.
Clinical Professor and Assistant Chair for Business and Outreach

Richard E. Latchaw, M.D.
Professor of Radiology and Chief of Neuroradiology


Regina Gandour-Edwards, M.D.
Professor of  Pathology

Plastic Surgery

Thomas R. Stevenson, M.D.
Professor of Surgery and Chief of Plastic Surgery

New patient appointments

To make an appointment, please call the Otolaryngology Clinic at (916) 734-5400 or the Center for Skull Base Surgery at (916) 734-2790.