Hands-On Keyhole and Endoscopic Brain Surgery Course


Daniel F. Kelly, MD
Pacific Neuroscience Institute

Seattle Science Foundation is hitting the road and covering medical education courses from around the country to bring you the latest advances in medicine.  Special thank you to the Pacific Rim Neuroscience Master Class course directors who include PNI neurosurgeons Drs. Daniel Kelly and Garni Barkhoudarian and Ohio State colleagues Drs. Daniel Prevedello (neurosurgeon) and Ricardo Carrau (ENT).

An intense hands-on course in minimally invasive neurosurgery

Performing safe and effective surgery for patients with brain tumors, tumors of the skull base and pituitary tumors requires a dedicated and experienced team of specialists. Over the last two decades, minimally invasive approaches to reach these often difficult-to-access tumors have flourished largely due to advances in neuro-anatomical understanding as well as refinements in instrumentation including the high-definition endoscope, ultrasound and surgical navigation.

As a result of such progress, led by a number of national and international centers, the field of keyhole and endoscopic brain tumor surgery is an area for which more and more neurosurgeons, ENTs and neuro-ophthalmologists seek advanced training. Short, intense focused courses such as the one being offered by PNI and OSU allow surgeons to gain further “hands-on” exposure and expertise in the indications and use of these advanced techniques. These meetings ultimately help optimize outcomes and surgical safety for patients with the all types of brain tumors including meningiomasglioblastomaspituitary adenomasschwannomascraniopharyngiomaschordomas and metastatic brain tumors.

“These courses are outstanding and helpful on so many levels for the attendees and faculty,” says Dr. Kelly. “We are able to teach our colleagues and participants how to refine their use of these techniques, and learn from each other through open discussions, sharing differing opinions on the optimal approach for specific tumor types and on complication avoidance techniques. The learning curve for performing keyhole and endoscopic brain and pituitary tumor surgery is long. These courses can help surgeons shorten that curve which ultimately is better for the patients.”

Recorded Presentations

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Daniel F. Kelly, MD, is the Director of the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica, CA. Considered to be one of the top neurosurgeons in the US, Dr. Kelly is internationally recognized in the field of minimally invasive keyhole surgery for brain, pituitary and skull base tumors. He continues to focus his efforts on advancing innovative treatments for patients, providing fellowship training in minimally invasive neurosurgery, and patient education and support.


Garni Barkhoudarian, MD, is a neurosurgeon with a focus on skull base and minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. He has particular interest and expertise in pituitary and parasellar tumors, brain tumors, skull-base tumors, intra-ventricular brain tumors, colloid cysts, trigeminal neuralgia and other vascular compression syndromes. He is an investigator in a number of clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of various medical or chemotherapies for pituitary tumors and malignant brain tumors. For virtually all tumors and intracranial procedures, Dr. Barkhoudarian applies the keyhole concept of minimizing collateral damage to the brain and its supporting structures using advanced neuroimaging and neuro-navigation techniques along with endoscopy to improve targeting and lesion visualization.