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Neurotology-Skull Base Surgery

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Our Program


The skull base surgery program at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles provides patients with the most comprehensive care — from consultation to rehabilitation — for the treatment of benign and malignant skull base tumors. The skull base surgery team consists of specialists across a variety of disciplines who offer minimally invasive procedures that allow for favorable outcomes while minimizing risk to nearby tissue, as well as traditional procedures.

Our skull base surgeons within the USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery provide a range of expertise in endoscopic skull base surgery, anterior skull base surgery and lateral skull base surgery giving them the ability to provide comprehensive care based on a patients’ specific condition. Working as a cohesive unit, the skull base surgery team includes otolaryngologists, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and audiologists to ensure that patients receive the full range of care from diagnosis to rehabilitation. In addition to removing the tumor, our surgeons are adept at reconstructive surgery following removal, when necessary.

Our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of acoustic neuromas further distinguishes our skull base surgery program. A benign tumor affecting the vestibular nerve, an acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) can lead to symptoms such as dizziness, tinnitus or hearing loss. Our combined neurotology and neurosurgery expertise uniquely positions us as leaders whose focus is to preserve hearing and facial function for our patients. For more information on the USC Acoustic Neuroma Center, click here.

Our Approach

Our team of microsurgeons combines unmatched expertise with compassion and actively involves patients in their own care. We tailor our approach to each individual patient, presenting all treatment options, including nonsurgical treatments, to ensure our patients are active participants throughout their care.

Our microsurgical team safely removes tumors with advanced microsurgical instruments, and our internationally recognized surgeons utilize state-of-the-art pretreatment imaging and microsurgical techniques. Our access to the state of the art technology and our level of expertise with stereotactic radiosurgery — including the Perfexion™ model of the Gamma Knife® – allows us to offer the most advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures.

Overall physician rating

Oto Skull Base Surgery Rating
4.8out of 5
189 Ratings

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4.8out of 5(189 Ratings, 52 Comments)
Nov 24, 2021

Dr Voelker was very professional and personable. She has a ton of knowledge and is doing her best to help me with my issue. I am saddened to hear she is leaving USC.


Our Physicians

Joni K. Dohertyview profile

Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Specializing In


John S. Oghalaiview profile

Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Specializing In

Ear and Skull Base Surgery

Seiji Bruce Shibataview profile

Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Specializing In

Hearing loss, Cholesteatoma, Cochlear implantation, Meniere’s disease, Otosclerosis, Vestibular Schwannomas (Acoustic neuroma), Meningiomas, Skull base surgery

Courtney C.J. Voelkerview profile
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 4

Specializing In


Keck Medicine of USC
Univeristy of Southern California
Keck Medicine of USC
Keck Medicine of USC
Keck Medicine of USC is the University of Southern California’s medical enterprise, one of only two university-owned academic medical centers in the Los Angeles area.