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Skull Base Surgery Center

Overview

The experts you need, the team you count on

Effective treatment for your hard-to-reach brain tumor or pituitary tumor requires the right combination of specialists working together to develop a treatment plan that's as unique as you are.

The Tufts Medical Center Skull Base Surgery Center was founded in the early 1990s in downtown Boston to provide superior, integrated care for complex tumors and other neurological conditions. Today, U.S. News & World Report ranks all of our physicians among the top 1% of neurosurgeons in the nation.

We've developed a reputation for excellence because we're not only expert surgeons, but also expert collaborators. Every day, we coordinate teams of Tufts MC specialists to provide personalized care for our patients. Depending on the location of your tumor, we work with doctors from departments such as Endocrinology, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Neuroradiology, Oncology (Cancer Center)Neurology and Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat specialists).

Our surgeons treat all tumors along the skull base, ear and around the eye (orbit), including:

  • Tumors of the membrane surrounding the brain (meningiomas)
  • Tumors of the nerves in the ear (acoustic neuromas or schwannomas)
  • Rare tumors of the skull base and spine, such as chordomas
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Tumors around the eye (orbital tumors)

What will my surgery be like?

Treatment for brain and pituitary tumors varies widely depending on the size and location of your tumor as well as your personal health history.

We want to provide you with the most effective treatment while minimizing pain, risk and recovery time. That's why all of our neurosurgeons specialize in minimally invasive care. Using tools like catheters, endoscopes and computer-guided surgical systems, we can often access tumors through incisions as small as the tip of your finger.

We're so committed to minimally invasive surgery that we've dedicated an entire operating suite to the technology. This room is equipped with the latest high-definition endoscopes and operating microscopes along with ceiling-mounted screens so your surgeon can view your procedure from every angle.

If your tumor requires traditional, or "open," surgery, you'll receive exceptional treatment in our neurosurgical intensive care unit. The experienced doctors and nurses in this unit specialize in helping patients recover from brain surgery safely and comfortably.

Meet Dr. Carl Heilman, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief

Our neurosurgeons deliver leading-edge care for complex brain and pituitary tumors.

Neurosurgeon-in-Chief Carl Heilman, MD was one of the world's first neurosurgeons to treat pituitary tumors using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques. He recently completed his term as president of the North American Skull Base Society and has served as president of the New England Neurological Society, the Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry, and the Society of University Neurosurgeons.

Dr. Heilman leads a team of nationally recognized surgeons who are committed to giving you the compassionate, individualized treatment you need to enjoy the best possible recovery.

Doctors + Care Team

Carl B. Heilman, MD

Carl B. Heilman, MD

Title(s): Neurosurgeon-in-Chief; Chairman of Neurosurgery; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5860
Fax #: 617-636-7587

Meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, skull base surgery, pituitary surgery, Chiari surgery

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Elie E. Rebeiz, MD
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Elie E. Rebeiz, MD

Title(s): Otolaryngologist-in-Chief; Professor and Chair, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Otolaryngology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-1664
Fax #: 617-636-1479

Allergies, epistaxis (nose bleeds), enlarged tonsils, nasal polyps, sinus and nasal surgery, sleep apnea and snoring, general otolaryngology, minimally invasive treatment, endoscopic laser treatment of oral cavity and throat cancer, functional endoscopic sinus surgery, anterior skull base surgery, laser surgery of the airway

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Miriam O'Leary, MD, FACS
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Miriam O'Leary, MD, FACS

Title(s): Otolaryngologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Director, Otolaryngology Residency Program
Department(s): Otolaryngology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3030
Fax #: 617-636-1479

Head and neck cancer, management of thyroid cancer and hyperparathyroidism, head and neck reconstruction including microvascular techniques, management of radiation-related complications

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Richard O. Wein, MD, FACS
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Richard O. Wein, MD, FACS

Title(s): Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgery; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Otolaryngology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8711
Fax #: 617-636-1479

Head and neck surgical oncology, head and neck reconstruction including microvascular techniques, management of salivary and thyroid disorders, management of radiation-related complications, maxillofacial trauma

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