Minimally Invasive Cranio-Facial, Skull Base Resection of Malignant Tumor Performed by Surgeons from Pacific Specialists and Neuro-Endocrine Tumor Center

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The collaboration of highly specialized surgeons resulted in the successful removal of a rare and complex tumor.

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Dr. Daniel Kelly, Neurosurgeon and Director of the Neuro-Endocrine Tumor Center at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, Dr. Howard R. Krauss, Neuro-Ophthalmologist and Orbital Surgeon and Dr. Chester F. Griffiths, Head and Neck, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon of Pacific Specialists in Los Angeles, California performed a combined Cranio-Facial, Skull Base Resection of a Malignant Tumor involving the Orbit, Sinus Cavities and Skull Base for a woman with severe visual loss, disfigurement and threat to life, at Saint John's Health Center via a minimally invasive technique restoring vision, appearance and well-being. The collaboration of these specialists in a successful novel approach for this rare and complex tumor exemplifies the benefits of the team approach in treating such complex disorders.

Other types of collaborative procedures have successfully been performed by this team including removal of pituitary tumors, brain tumors and sinus tumors affecting the pituitary gland, orbits, optic nerves and brain through minimally invasive image-guided endonasal endoscopic techniques.

Pacific Specialists, with offices in Los Angeles and Marina del Rey, California, was formed in 2002 with the initial association of leading board certified experts, Cadvan O. Griffiths MD, LLB., Chester F. Griffiths MD, FACS, Howard R. Krauss, MD and Gregory Frazer, AuD, PhD. Pacific Specialists is comprised of Pacific Eye & Ear, Pacific Head & Neck, Pacific Cosmetic Surgeons, Pacific Hearing & Balance, and West Wilshire Medical Surgical Center. Specialties include Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Neurosurgical Ophthalmology, Otology, Audiology and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The Neuro-Endocrine Tumor Center at Saint John’s Health Center was newly formed naming Dr. Daniel Kelley as its director. The Neuro-Endocrine Tumor Center (NETC) provides comprehensive care for patients with brain, pituitary and skull base tumors.

Their specialties include Neurosurgery, Endocrinology, Oncology, Radiation-Oncology, Head & Neck Surgery and Neuro-Ophthalmology, offering patients a multidisciplinary approach in evaluation and management.

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