We found 16 providers matching skull base surgery and who accept Silver Compass HSA 2000 near Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Michael Jay Ruckenstein, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Michael Ruckenstein's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Ruckenstein include facial problems, cancer surgery, and otosclerosis. Patient ratings for Dr. Ruckenstein average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Toronto General Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ruckenstein include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014; and Recognized by Suburban Life magazine's "Top Physicians 2010" issue. Dr. Ruckenstein (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and French. 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: Ear Pain, Dizziness, Ear Problems, Facial Problems, Skull Base Surgery, Mastoidectomy, Hearing ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gregory Weinstein is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, he performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and St. Vincent's Hospital. Dr. Weinstein's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Weinstein honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Weinstein include: Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue, 2004 - 2016; Philadelphia Super Doctors; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

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

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

Dr. Bert O'Malley's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. O'Malley is especially interested in cancer surgery, salivary gland tumor, and sinus cancer. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. O'Malley is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014.

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

Dr. Douglas Bigelow is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Bigelow include cancer surgery, otosclerosis, and gamma knife radiosurgery. Dr. Bigelow accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Bigelow completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center, and St. John's Mercy Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he 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. He 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

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

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

Dr. James Palmer is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Philadelphia, PA. Patient ratings for Dr. Palmer average 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Palmer include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Palmer is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Ohio State University College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. His distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012.

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

Dr. David Kennedy is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. His areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Kennedy is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for medical school, Dr. Kennedy completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. His distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2016. He 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. Ara Asadour Chalian, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
3400 Spruce Street; 5 Silverstein Building
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Ara Chalian is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Philadelphia, PA. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chalian include cancer surgery, neck reconstructive surgery, and throat cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chalian takes. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Chalian has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014. He is affiliated with 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, Chin Surgery, Nasal Polyps, Skin ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jason Newman sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Newman's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, salivary gland cancer, and swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy). He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute, and Pennsylvania Hospital. Patients rated Dr. Newman highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

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

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

Dr. Nithin Adappa is an ear, nose and throat specialist in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Adappa graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), cancer surgery, and endoscopic sinus surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Adappa accepts. In addition to English, Dr. Adappa speaks Spanish. 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: Deviated Septum, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, Fractures, Facial Problems, Endoscopic 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. Dr. Grady's areas of expertise include the following: cancer surgery, brain aneurysm, and pain. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Grady has received the following distinctions: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2016.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

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

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

Dr. Steven Brem works as a neurosurgeon. Patient ratings for Dr. Brem average 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer surgery, spine tumor, and gamma knife radiosurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Brem is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He has received the distinction of Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-14. Dr. Brem (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French.

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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. David Kakin Kung, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3400 Spruce Street; 3 Silverstein Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Kung practices neurosurgery in Philadelphia, PA. His clinical interests include brain aneurysm, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and skull base surgery. Dr. Kung's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for residency. Dr. Kung speaks Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Cerebral Angiogram, Vascular Malformations, Brain ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Timothy Lucas, who practices in Philadelphia, PA and Yardley, PA, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lucas include cancer surgery, skull base surgery, and stroke. Dr. Lucas honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. 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: Sports Health, Neurostimulation, Endoscopic Surgery, Brain Cancer, Skull Base Surgery, Laser ... (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. These areas are among Dr. Chen's clinical interests: brain injury rehabilitation, skull base surgery, and traumatic brain injury. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Chen is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. He speaks Mandarin.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

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

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

Dr. Phillip Storm sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Storm is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Storm honors. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Storm's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Skull Base Surgery, Skull Base Tumors, Aneurysm, Spine Tumor, Arteriovenous Malformation, ... (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 is a neurosurgeon. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean and Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include cancer surgery, spine tumor, and skull base surgery. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Before completing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Lee attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lee takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013-2014; Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue, 2011-2016; and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , skull base surgery

All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Spine Tumor, Cancer, Stereotactic ... (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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