OSU Cranial Base center


The Cranial Base (skull base) center at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute provides comprehensive, personalized care for disorders affecting the skull base, paranasal sinuses, spine and brain. 

Our surgeons are recognized leaders in minimally invasive surgical approaches, such as the endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA) and endoscopic brain surgery, as well as in traditional surgery. Our expert skull base reconstruction surgeons use state-of-the-art techniques to provide restoration of form and function for patients who might otherwise be left with a deficit. Our aim is to provide each patient resolution of his or her disease with the smallest possible effect on post-treatment quality of life.

Conditions Treated:  

  • Malignant Tumors
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Adenomas
  • CSF Leaks (Skull Base Defects)
  • Meningiomas
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Rathke Cleft Cysts
  • Schwannomas
  • Acoustic Neuromas
  • Chordomas
  • Chondrosarcomas
  • Brain Tumors
  • Gliomas
  • Metastasis
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Platibasia
  • Basilar Invagination
  • Chiari Malformation

Procedures Offered:

  • Minimally Invasive Approaches
  • Endoscopic Endonasal Approaches (EEA)
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Brain Port
  • Posterior Fossa Decompression
  • Craniotomies
  • Skull Base Approaches
  • Third Ventriculostomy
  • Endoscopic Brain Surgery

Our unique, centrally located clinic houses our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nurses, therapists and support staff. Centralized coordination of patient care allows us to streamline the treatment process from the time of diagnosis through post-treatment follow-up visits. We make every effort to make your visit to Ohio State as efficient as possible.

The Cranial Base center at The Ohio State University is dedicated to improving the diagnosis, management and treatment outcomes of cranial base disorders through research. Our physicians pioneered minimally invasive surgical techniques such as the EEA. Our laboratories have ongoing research projects aimed at improving instrumentation and surgical techniques, enhancing diagnosis of cranial base disorders, developing new approaches to difficult-to-reach lesions and reducing postoperative problems such as infection.


Check out a video of our endoscopic transoral robotic procedure with patient interviews.

Take a look at our team in action! Using robotic hands, surgeons team up for brain surgery with no visible scars. Click here to view video.​​


The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: jamesline@osumc.edu