Sofias Story

Transnasal Endoscopic Surgery | Sofia's Story

Diagnosed with a malignant skull base tumor declared inoperable by other surgeons, Sofia, a Connecticut teenager, came to Johns Hopkins and had her tumor removed with a transnasal endoscopic approach.

Sofia Giansiracusa presented with double vision and was soon told by doctors in Boston she had an inoperable, malignant skull base tumor. Looking for a solution, her father took Sofia to Johns Hopkins where she worked with a team from the Departments of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery.

Treatment Team

Learn more about the treatment team and how they can help you.
  • Gary Gallia, M.D., Ph.D.

    • Surgical Director of the Pituitary Center
    • Director of the Neurosurgery Skull Base Center
    • Director of Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery
    • Professor of Neurosurgery
    • Professor of Oncology
    • Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Masaru Ishii, M.D., Ph.D.

    • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
    • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
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The Johns Hopkins Skull Base Tumor Center

Our center takes a multidisciplinary approach to your care, with collaborative input from a team of neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, radiation oncologists, ophthalmologists and medical oncologists to determine the best treatment plan for patients.
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Patient Education: Skull Base Surgery

Skull base surgery may be done to remove both benign and cancerous growths, and abnormalities on the underside of the brain, the skull base, or the top few vertebrae of the spinal column.