The Skull Base team at the OSUCCC – James offers a wide variety of tailored treatments to patients affected by benign and malignant tumors of the skull base. Our Skull Base Program is one of a select few of its kind in the country and is being led by two internationally renowned surgeons: Dr. Ricardo Carrau (otolaryngology) and Dr. Daniel Prevedello (neurosurgery). The team brings a unique set of endoscopic skills that place The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the OSUCCC – James at the forefront of this type of surgery worldwide.

To enhance care, we incorporate the expertise of physicians, nurses and ancillary personnel from the wealth of resources available at Ohio State. Our combined, multidisciplinary skull base clinic allows patients to receive the specialty care they require in the most efficient manner possible.

Operating trans-nasally, surgeons are able to treat pituitary adenoma and malignant tumors of the anterior and mid-skull base. Our highly specialized three-dimensional navigation system allows us to pinpoint the exact location of disease in the cranial base in relation to the optic nerve, carotid artery and brain tissue to safely excise the tumor while sparing surrounding tissue and structure.

Our patients benefit from the resources available to us as an academic medical center. For instance, for tumors too large to safely remove intact trans-nasally, our surgeons are highly trained in a variety of other procedures, such as open cranial base approaches. These allow state-of-the-art therapy for complete tumor excision with minimally invasive external incisions.

The Cranial Base Center at the OSUCCC – James provides personalized management of cranial base disorders, consolidation of visits for patients and an international concierge service for patients outside the United States.

The Division of Skull Base Surgery hosts the State-of-the Art Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery: A Hands-On Course each October. For more information on the 2018 course, contact Pat Fitzwater at 805-300-9154 or

Ricardo Carrau, MD

Division Leader

Ricardo Carrau


Dr. Carrau is a tenured professor, director of the Comprehensive Skull Base Surgery Program and co-director of ALT-VISION.

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Daniel Prevedello, MD

Division Leader

Daniel Prevedello


Dr. Prevedello is a professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery and the director for the Minimally Invasive Cranial Surgery Program.

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4000 Eye and Ear Institute
915 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43212

614-366-3687 (ENTS)