Division of Rhinology & Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
The Division of Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery in NYU Langone Health’s Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery provides clinical care and trains clinicians in the latest treatments for sinonasal and skull base diseases, ranging from severe nosebleeds, sinus infections, and nasal obstruction to skull base tumors, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, and advanced sinus cancers.
We train medical students, residents, and professionals to perform the full gamut of endoscopic and external surgical procedures related to nasal, paranasal sinus, and skull base diseases.
Our faculty members are active in clinical research; lecture on topics related to rhinologic, sinus, and skull base surgery; and hold positions in national medical societies, including the American Rhinologic Society and the North American Skull Base Society.
Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Education
Medical students wishing to explore otolaryngology and head and neck surgery take electives in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery as part of NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Curriculum for the 21st Century.
Residents complete rotations in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery; see patients with attending physicians; and assist with rhinologic, sinus, and skull base surgery as part of the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Residency program.
As a resident, you gain experience performing endoscopic surgical procedures for inflammatory diseases, structural abnormalities, and tumors of the sinonasal tract. You also perform anterior skull base surgery, in collaboration with the Department of Neurosurgery, and orbital procedures such as endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy and orbital decompression in collaboration with oculoplastic surgeons. Your experience extends to transnasal approaches to tumors of the clivus and cervical spine and repair of cerebrospinal fluid leaks.
During your residency, you perform more than 150 endoscopic sinus surgery procedures using the most advanced techniques and technology, including the use of intraoperative image guidance at all training sites. You also learn about the diagnosis and medical management of rhinologic disorders in a weekly rhinology clinic.
Your clinical education and surgical experiences take place at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, and NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn in operating rooms equipped with the latest endoscopic surgical instrumentation, including high-definition video towers, powered debriders and drills, and frameless stereotactic image guidance systems. You also train at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, Lenox Hill Hospital, and the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System.
Lectures in rhinology and skull base surgery enhance your clinical experiences and include a weekly Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery resident lecture series and an annual anatomic dissection course with lessons in topics related to rhinology and skull base surgery.
Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Continuing Medical Education
The Division of Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery hosts a continuing medical education course, the New York Advanced Rhinology and Sinus Surgery Course, to educate practicing otolaryngologists and residents on current treatment guidelines, standards of care, and advances in the medical and surgical management of patients with rhinosinusitis and associated otolaryngologic conditions, such as epistaxis, cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea, and other diseases of the sinonasal cavity and skull base.
We have several ongoing rhinology research projects exploring antibiotic use in patients with unilateral purulent sinusitis, prophylactic antibiotic use in patients with nasal packing for epistaxis, physiology of cerebrospinal fluid circulation, and management of the nasolacrimal duct during extended maxillary procedures.
Residents actively participate in division research, with projects frequently culminating in publication and presentation at local and national meetings. They also have opportunities to co-author textbook chapters. Numerous ongoing projects provide opportunities for independent research as well as collaboration with basic scientists and colleagues in the Departments of Microbiology, Pathology, Neurosurgery, and Radiology.
Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Clinical Services
Otolaryngologists in the Division of Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery provide comprehensive care for people with nasal and sinus disorders, including chronic sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and deviated nasal septums.
We also collaborate with physicians in the Department of Neurosurgery and at Perlmutter Cancer Center to diagnose, treat, and manage skull base tumors, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, and head and neck cancer, including sinus and nasal cancers.