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Dr. Bert William OMalley Jr., MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Ravdin
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Bert O'Malley is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, salivary gland tumor, and sinus cancer. Dr. O'Malley accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue from 2005 through 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. Dr. O'Malley's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Tumor, Salivary Gland Tumor, Sinus Problems, Skull Base Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 14
  • Charge (avg.): $8,425
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,074
Dr. Michael J Ruckenstein, MS, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Michael Ruckenstein is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ruckenstein's areas of expertise include the following: facial problems, cancer surgery, and otosclerosis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ruckenstein accepts. Before performing his residency at Toronto General Hospital, Dr. Ruckenstein attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ruckenstein include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue, 2010, 2016, 2017; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014. Dr. Ruckenstein (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and French. Dr. Ruckenstein is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Ear Pain, Dizziness, Ear Problems, Facial Problems, Skull Base Surgery, Mastoidectomy, Hearing ... (Read more)

Dr. David William Kennedy, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Kennedy is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Kennedy attended medical school at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. These areas are among his clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Kennedy is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. Dr. Kennedy is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery, pituitary surgery

All Interests: Deviated Septum, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Sinus Surgery, Facial Problems, Endoscopic Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Gabriel Newman, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
800 Walnut Street; 18th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Jason Newman works as an otolaryngologist in Philadelphia, PA. The average patient rating for Dr. Newman is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Newman include cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Newman studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute, and Pennsylvania Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Oral Lesions, Vocal Cord Surgery, Hyperparathyroidism, Larynx Cancer, Hyperthyroidism, Skin Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nithin Dev Adappa, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Nithin Adappa's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among his clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Adappa takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Adappa's education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Deviated Septum, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Fractures, Facial Problems, Endoscopic Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher H Rassekh, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Christopher Rassekh specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. He attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and Spectrum Health. Dr. Rassekh's areas of expertise include cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and throat cancer. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received the distinction of Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-14. Dr. Rassekh (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Rassekh's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Facial Paralysis, Hyperparathyroidism, Oral Cancer, Salivary Gland Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ara A Chalian, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ara Chalian specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Chalian include cancer surgery, neck reconstructive surgery, and throat cancer. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Chalian has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2005 through 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Neck Reconstructive Surgery, Deviated Septum, Cosmetic Surgery, Vocal Cord Surgery, Chin Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory S Weinstein, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street, 5 Ravdin; 4283
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gregory Weinstein's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Weinstein's areas of expertise include cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He studied medicine at New York Medical College. Dr. Weinstein completed his residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and St. Vincent's Hospital. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Weinstein has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue, 2004 - 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Vocal Cord Surgery, Hyperparathyroidism, Larynx Cancer, Jaw Surgery, Ear Problems, Oral Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Douglas C Bigelow, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street, 5th Floor Ravdin; Suite 4283
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Douglas Bigelow works as an otolaryngologist in Philadelphia, PA. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, otosclerosis, and gamma knife radiosurgery. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Bigelow studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center, and St. John's Mercy Medical Center for residency. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Bigelow has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by Guide to America's Top Physicians 2004,2005; and Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 1994, 1996, 1999, 2002 Top Docs issue.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Ear Pain, Second Opinions, Facial Paralysis, Bone Cancer, Ear Cancer, Ear Problems, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. James N Palmer, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street, 5th Floor Ravdin; Suite 4283
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. James Palmer, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Palmer a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Palmer takes. He studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Palmer's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012. Dr. Palmer's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , endoscopic skull base surgery

All Interests: Deviated Septum, Nose Reconstruction, Cosmetic Surgery, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Sean Grady, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. M. Grady sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia, Dr. Grady attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Grady include cancer surgery, brain aneurysm, and pain. The average patient rating for Dr. Grady is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grady honors. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Grady include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Lower Back Problems, Skull Base Surgery, Aneurysm, Degenerative Disc Disease, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy H Lucas II, Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Timothy Lucas' specialty is neurosurgery. His clinical interests include cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. Dr. Lucas is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Sports Health, Neurostimulation, Endoscopic Surgery, Brain Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. John Youngkeun Lee, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
235 S 8th Street, Washington Square West Building; Division of Neurosurgery
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. John Lee works as a neurosurgeon in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean and Spanish. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, spine tumor, and skull base surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. After attending UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Lee completed his residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). The average patient rating for Dr. Lee is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue, 2011-2017; Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013-2014; and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Skull Base Surgery, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Surgical Procedures, Spine Tumor, Stereotactic ... (Read more)

Dr. Phillip Buchanan Storm Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
34th & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Phillip Storm's area of specialization is neurosurgery. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Storm attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Aneurysm, Spine Tumor, Arteriovenous ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Brem, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
801 Spruce Street; Spruce Building, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Steven Brem's specialty is neurosurgery. In addition to English, Dr. Brem (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Clinical interests for Dr. Brem include cancer surgery, spine tumor, and gamma knife radiosurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Medicine Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (Penn Rehab) and Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Brem attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. His training includes residency programs at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brem honors. He has received the distinction of Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-14.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Skull Base Cancer, Spine Tumor, Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Han-Chiao Isaac Chen, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3rd Floor, Silverstein Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. H. Chen works as a neurosurgeon. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Chen's clinical interests include brain injury rehabilitation, skull base surgery, and traumatic brain injury. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Chen trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for his residency. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Meningioma, Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Epilepsy Surgery, Brain Cancer, Traumatic Brain Injury, ... (Read more)

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What is Skull Base Surgery?

Skull base surgery is a procedure done to access and remove tumors or other lesions at the bottom of the skull, upon which the brain rests. To avoid injuring the brain, skull base lesions are reached from the side or underneath the skull. Skull base surgery is often used to treat tumors, but it is also used for arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), a condition in which blood vessels become tangled, and congenital anomalies, or conditions present from birth.

Depending on the region of the skull base in which the lesion is located, the types of surgery that can be performed include:

  • Anterior skull base surgery, which treats lesions in the area above the eyes and behind the nose. Tumors of the anterior skull base include paranasal sinus tumors, pituitary tumors, and meningiomas, which develop in the tissue between the skull and the brain.
  • Middle skull base surgery, which treats lesions in the region behind the eyes around the pituitary gland. Tumors of the middle skull base include meningiomas, pituitary tumors, and cholesteatomas, which are skin growths that occur in the ear.
  • Posterior skull base surgery, which treats lesions around the brainstem and cerebellum. This is the region near where the brain meets the spinal cord. Tumors of the posterior skull base include meningiomas and acoustic neuromas, which develop on a nerve connecting the ear to the brain.

Surgery can be performed with a minimally invasive or open approach. Open skull base surgery requires a craniotomy, which is a surgical drilling of the skull done to expose and access the lesions. The hole or holes in the skull are replaced following surgery. Minimally invasive approaches include endoscopic skull base surgery, which uses a thin tube (endoscope) inserted through the nose, mouth, or an opening made above the eyebrow. Open surgery is usually reserved for larger lesions that cannot be removed endoscopically.

Following your operation, you may require monitoring or testing. Depending on the type of procedure, you will need to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days or up to a week, and it can take anywhere from a few days or weeks (for minimally invasive approaches) to months (for open approaches) before you can return to your normal activity level.

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