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Carle Illinois Microsurgery and Endoscopic Hands-On Course

The Carle Illinois Microsurgery and Endoscopic Hands-On Course is an annual two-day course focused on giving hands-on training in microsurgical and endoscopic approaches.

Providing a unique training environment, with an emphasis on advancing brain surgery instruction for future neurosurgeons, participants focus on developing new skills and expertise needed for these intricate procedures.

Friday, August 11 –

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Welcome from the Course Director

Wael Mostafa On behalf of Carle Foundation Hospital and our partners at the University of Illinois, I welcome each one of you to the Carle Illinois Microsurgery and Endoscopic Hands-On Course. Advancing academic and educational training has been at the core of the Carle Neuroscience Institute. We are fortunate to have world-class faculty who will provide you with a fantastic and unique training opportunity. Thank you for attending!

— Wael Mostafa, MD, PhD

This two-day course is free to invited residents and fellows of ACGME-accredited neurosurgery programs and invited faculty. Each day will include lectures and cadaveric dissection that focus on microsurgical approaches (day one) and endoscopic approaches (day two). Activities will be held at 506 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL. For more information, please contact

This event is hosted by Carle Health in conjunction with Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Neuroscience Institute

Carle is home to some of the most advanced services and technology available to treat conditions of the brain, spine and nervous system.



Friday, August 11
Microsurgery Day

7:00 - 7:30 a.m.
Welcome and Breakfast

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
The Pterional Approach and Its Applications 

8:05 - 8:35 a.m.
Fronto-Orbitozygomatic Approach and Its Modification

8:40 - 9:10 a.m.
Anterior Skull Base Keyhole Surgery: Eyebrow Approach 

9:15 a.m. - noon
Cadaver Dissection 

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Exhibitors 

1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Retrosigmoid Approach 

1:30 - 2:05 p.m.
Annual Aziz Lecture
Petroclival Meningiomas: The Age of Reasoning

2:10 - 2:40 p.m.
Far Lateral/Transcondylar Approach 

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
The Role of VR/AR in Neurosurgery and Skull Base

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Cadaver Dissection 

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Social event

Saturday, August 12
Endoscopic Day

7:00 - 7:30 a.m.

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Relative Sinus, Sellar, Suprasellar and Anterior Skull Base Anatomy

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Endoscopic Endonasal Approach to the Sellar and Suprasellar Regions

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Endoscopic Endonasal Approach to the Anterior Cranial Fossa

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

9:15 - 11:00 a.m.
Cadaver Dissection

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Endoscopic Transpterygoid/Transclival Approach

11:30 a.m. - noon
Endoscopic Endonasal Approach to the Craniocervical Junction

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Exhibitors

1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Endoscopic Skull Base Reconstruction Techniques

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Complication Avoidance in Skull Base Surgery

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.

2:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Cadaver Dissection

5:30 p.m.


    Guest Faculty
    Steven Carr, MD
    Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
    University of Missouri

    Roukoz Chamoun, MD
    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Residency Program Director
    University of Kansas

    James Chandler, MD
    Professor of Neurosurgery
    Northwestern University

    Hayan Dayoub, MD
    Springfield Clinic

    Mohamed Samy El Hammady, MD
    Neurological Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

    James Evans, MD
    Professor of Neurosurgery and Otolaryngology
    Thomas Jefferson University
    Former President of the North American Skull Base Society

    Anand Germanwala, MD
    Professor of Neurosurgery and Residency Program Director
    Loyola University Medical Center

    Walter Jean, MD
    Chief of Neurological Surgery at Lehigh Valley Health Network
    Professor of Neurosurgery at University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
    Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of Skull Base Surgery at George Washington University

    Troy Payner, MD
    Director of Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Fellowship
    Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine, Indiana University

    Vikram Prabhu, MD
    Professor of Neurosurgery
    Loyola University Medical Center

    Kushal Shah, MD
    Neurosurgeon, Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Marian University

    Ramachandra Tummala, MD
    Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
    University of Minnesota

    A. Samy Youssef, MD, PhD
    Vice Chair of Education, Professor of Neurosurgery and Clinical Otolaryngology, Director of Complex Cranial and Skull Base Surgery, Program Director of Skull Base Surgery Fellowship
    University of Colorado School of Medicine

    Nathan Zwagerman, MD
    Assistant Professor and Director of Pituitary and Skull Base Surgery
    Medical College of Wisconsin

    Internal Faculty
    Muhamad Amine, MS, MD
    Otolaryngologist, Carle Health
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Carle Illinois College of Medicine

    Jonathan McJunkin, MD
    Neurotologist, Carle Health
    Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Washington University
    Clinical Associate Professor, Carle Illinois College of Medicine

    Amrendra Miranpuri, MD
    Program Lead for Stroke and Neurovascular Services, Carle Health
    Clinical Associate Professor, Carle Illinois College of Medicine

    Wael H. Mostafa, MD, PhD – Course Director
    Program Lead for Brain Tumor and Skull Base Surgery, Carle Health
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Carle Illinois College of Medicine

    Ryan Porter, MD, MBA
    Neurotologist, Carle Health
    Clinical Associate Professor, Carle Illinois College of Medicine

What Past Attendees Say

Phenomenal experience

"It was a phenomenal experience... The hospitality you all provided was amazing and made for a great couple of days. I have already told my program back at Duke that we should definitely send residents to this course yearly."

Steve Harward, MD, PhD
Duke University School of Medicine

Knowledge reinforcement

"Great experience! Faculty did a great job teaching in terms of lectures, and then following up these lectures with cadaver labs provided a great deal of knowledge reinforcement. It was also a great time to connect with other faculty members for those interested in pursuing a fellowship in skull base/oncology."

Nathan Nordmann, MD
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Most impactful training

"It was a great learning experience for us. The dissection courses were superb. The speakers were amazing. This was my most impactful training."

Davies Cheruiyot, MD
Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi

Top level speakers

"Absolutely THE best symposium I have been to. You had all top level speakers. First time ever that most of the surgeons would stop by a booth. I had great conversations with many top level guys. Thank you for inviting me."

Jack DaDan, MD
Next Case Surgical, Inc.

Important feedback

"Extremely successful. All the attendings were open to questions and added important feedback during the cadaver dissection."

Riccardo Serra, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Very high yield

"Great content, great people, well organized, very high yield."

Steven Carr, MD
University of Missouri, Columbia


Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Karl Storz Endoscopy-America
Synaptive Medical
Carl Zeiss Meditec

BK Medical

Integra LifeSciences
Depuy Synthes
GT Medical Technologies
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute
Omniscient Neurotechnology (o8T)

The course is also made possible by generous donations to the Carle Neuroscience Institute Fund through Carle Health Center for Philanthropy.