MedStar Georgetown Skull Base Team

Skull base tumors are complex and require highly specialized care. Choosing the right team can make all the difference. At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Skull Base Center, we pride ourselves on our individualized care, multi-disciplinary expertise, comprehensive cancer resources, and cutting-edge technology.

If you are struggling with a skull base tumor, we are here to help—no matter the tumor size, location or complexity. We provide new hope to patients with tumors previously considered untreatable.

Patient-centered approach

At the Skull Base Center, our tumor specialists work together to tailor care to your individual health needs. Our wide range of clinical offerings allow for flexibility in our approach. For example, while most skull base centers in Washington D.C. metropolitan area offer only one surgical approach for acoustic neuroma, we offer three.

Our expertise draws patients from around the country. The Skull Base center staff can help out-of-state patients and their families with scheduling, accommodations, and other arrangements so that you can focus on getting the care you need.

Multi-disciplinary expertise

Our multi-disciplinary team includes highly-trained, board-certified specialists from many disciplines. All of our clinicians are fellowship-trained. Specialists include:

  • Otolaryngologists: specialists in treating disorders of the ear, nose and throat (sometimes called ENTs)
  • Neuro-otologists: ENT surgeons who specialize in neurological disorders
  • Neurosurgeons: surgeons who focus on the brain and nervous system
  • Plastic surgeons: specialists in the reconstruction of the skull base after tumor removal
  • Radiation oncologists: cancer specialists from the nationally-renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Each week, these clinicians come together to discuss individual patients’ needs. Often, these meetings also include other specialists from around MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, such as speech and language pathologists, social workers, interventional radiologists, and medical oncologists.

Patients at the Skull Base Center benefit from the collective knowledge of a full team of experts. The wide range of clinical services available at MedStar Georgetown allows for a seamless patient experience. 

Comprehensive cancer care

Through our close, collaborative relationship with the nationally-renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, patients have access to unparalleled cancer care. From clinical trials to support services, patients in need of cancer care services are in the best of hands.

Technical innovation

Our Skull Base Center is equipped with the latest medical technology. These tools and techniques allow for the safest and most effective care possible.

  • CyberKnife®, a non-invasive, painless radiosurgery technology, destroys inoperable lesions and tumors, including acoustic neuromas and skull base tumors.
  • Proton therapy, a highly advanced form of radiation treatment, precisely targets and destroys cancer cells but spares healthy cells.
  • Interventional radiology allows our team to diagnose and treat skull base disorders through the use of powerful imaging technology—no incisions required.
  • Minimally-invasive, endoscopic mean less pain, less scarring and faster recovery.
  • Neuronavigation technology provides a GPS-like guide during surgery, guiding the surgical team through the intricate pathways in the brain.
  • Neurophysiological monitoring tracks electrical activity within the brain throughout surgery, ensuring that brain functioning remains healthy throughout the operation.

In the hands of our skilled, inter-disciplinary team, this technology can help patients to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Patient Story 

A Better Brain Tumor Cure is Right Under Your Nose at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital 

Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery Is Teamwork at Its Best  

Greg Berger

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Skull Base Team



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  • Brent Harris, MD

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