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Skull Base Tumor Center

Skull base tumors are not a particular type of brain tumor but those that grow in a particular location: the bones of the skull that form the bottom of the head and the bony ridge behind the nose and eyes. Skull base tumors may be one of several different types.

The Johns Hopkins Skull Base Tumor Center is part of one of the largest brain tumor centers in the world. We have expertise in diagnosing and treating all types of brain tumors, including skull base brain tumors.

Our multidisciplinary team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skull base tumors and conditions, offering each patient a comprehensive treatment plan with the combined insights of several different specialties.

To make an appointment or request a consultation, contact the Johns Hopkins Skull Base Tumor Center at 410-955-6406.

Skull Base Tumors: What You Need to Know

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  • Signs and symptoms of skull base tumors depend on the type, location and size of the tumor.
  • Most skull base tumors grow inside of the skull, but some form on the outside. Tumors may originate in the skull base or spread there from cancer elsewhere in the body (metastatic).
  • Treating skull base tumors and conditions is challenging because they are close to critical nerves and blood vessels in the brain, head, neck, and spinal cord.
  • Skull base tumors can sometimes be removed surgically. Techniques include minimally invasive endonasal endoscopic removal through the nose or through a small incision in the eyebrow or behind the ear.
  • There is no obvious cause for skull base tumors. Radiation therapy to the head, specific genetic conditions and exposure to certain toxic chemicals may increase the risk.

Patient Resources

Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of skull base tumors?

Henry Brem, M.D.

Our Team

A multidisciplinary team of doctors and specialists offers comprehensive treatment to address skull base tumors.

Meet Our Neurosurgeons

Brem, Henry
Gallia, Gary
Jackson, Christopher
Lin, Shih-Chun
Mukherjee, Debraj
Tamargo, Rafael
Weingart, Jon


Boahene, Kofi
Ishii, Masaru
Koch, Wayne
Mydlarz, Wojtek
Ramanathan, Murugappan
Rowan, Nicholas


Aygun, Nafi
Blitz, Ari


Miller, Neil

Radiation Oncologists

Kleinberg, Lawrence
Quon, Harry

Physician Assistant

Anderson, Jill

brain surgeons in the O.R.

Our Treatments

Treatment at the Johns Hopkins Skull Base Tumor Center may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, observation or a combination of these approaches. Some tumors can be treated using minimally-invasive surgical techniques.

Listen to Dr. Gary Gallia discuss minimally invasive treatment options for skull base brain tumors.

Javier's Story

Javier and his family share their experience at Johns Hopkins Medicine, after seeking treatment following a diagnosis of a Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma (JNA) tumor.

Sofia's Story

Diagnosed with an inoperable malignant skull base tumor, Sofia, a Connecticut teenager, came to Johns Hopkins and had her tumor removed with a transnasal endoscopic approach by Johns Hopkins skull base neurosurgeon, Dr. Gary Gallia.

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