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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 9 –

Saturday, August 10, 2024

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). For more information, please contact

This event is hosted by Carle Health in conjunction with Carle Illinois College of Medicine and Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology 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.


2024 Agenda

Friday, August 9, Microsurgery Day

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

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
The Pterional Approach and Its Applications (Wael Mostafa)

8:05 - 8:35 a.m.
Anterior Clinoidectomy (Kushal Shah)

8:40 - 9:10 a.m.
Surgical Exposure of Cavernous Sinus (A. Samy Youssef)

9:15 a.m. - noon
Cadaver Dissection (All Faculty)

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch with Vendors

1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Aziz Annual Lecture: Approaches to Anterior Cranial Fossa (Michael Chicoine)

1:35 - 2:05 p.m.
Retrosigmoid Approach (Steven Carr)

2:10 - 2:40 p.m.

Transpetrosal Approaches (Mohamed Labib)

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Far lateral/Transcondylar Approach. (Samy El Hammady)

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Cadaver Dissection (All Faculty)

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

Saturday, August 10, Endoscopic Day

7:00 - 7:30 a.m.

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Relative Sinus, Sellar, Suprasellar & Skull Base Anatomy (Alhusain Nagm)

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Endoscopic Endonasal Approach to the Sellar/Suprasellar Regions (Anand Germanwala)

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

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

9:15 - 12:00 p.m.
Cadaver Dissection (All Faculty)

Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch with Vendors

1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Endoscopic Transpterygoid/ Transclival Approach (Nathan Zwagerman)

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Endoscopic Skull Base Reconstruction Techniques (James Evans)

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Complication Avoidance in Skull Base Surgery (Samy ElHammady)

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

2:45 - 5:30 p.m.
Cadaver Dissection (All Faculty)

5:30 p.m.

2024 Faculty

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

    Michael Chicoine, MD
    Chair of Department of Neurosurgery
    University of Missouri in Columbia

    Hayan Dayoub, MD
    Neurosurgeon, 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

    Mohamed Labib, MD
    Neurosurgeon, University of Maryland Medical System
    Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

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

    Alhusain Nagm, MD, MSc, PhD
    Neurosurgeon, University of Maryland Medical Center

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

    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
    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

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

2024 Exhibitors

ABS Medical
Integra LifeSciences
Zeiss Meditec
Karl Storz Endoscopy-America

Synaptive Medical
GT Medical Technologies

Depuy Synthes
Specialty Care
Mitaka USA

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