Researching Skull Base Surgery

Culicchia Neurological and CNC Hearing and Balance Center Neurotologist Moises Arriaga coordinated a day-long educational symposium for the North American Skull Base Society, including the world leaders in acoustic tumor patient management. The (NASBS), met in San Antonio for the event and is a professional medical society that facilitates communication worldwide between individuals pursuing clinical and research excellence in skull base surgery. Skull base surgery is performed to remove a tumor or other growth at the base, or bottom, of the skull.

The day-long symposium included 30 experts lecturing, including Dr. Arriaga.  Other presenters were from Harvard, NYU, Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Brisbane in Australia and the University of California San Diego.

Dr. Isaac Erbele collaborated with Dr. Moises Arriaga on award winning research on cholesteatoma

“We care for these patients with both Neurotology and Neurosurgery so the presenters were equally divided between Neurotologists and Neurosurgeons,” Dr. Arriaga explained.

The theme of the 2020 Annual Meeting was Evolution and Revolution in the Healthcare Ecosystem: Becoming Frontiers.”  It focused on technological, technical, societal and economic changes affecting the way care is delivered to patients and how the frontier horizon changes faster than the speed to which medicine can adapt to the changes (“becoming frontiers”); thus, requiring the assistance of new technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence).

A research poster submitted by Dr. Arriaga and Research Fellow Isaac Erbele, MD was honored.  The work was entitled, “Management of cholesteatoma and tegmen dehiscence: complexities and nuance,” about cholesteatomas and brain herniation into the ear.

Culicchia Neurological Clinic New Orleans Dr. Frank Culicchia