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Skull Base & Pituitary Pathologies

2nd Münster Hands-on Course
Save the Date: 16th–18th September 2024

Target Audience

Our Skull Base Course is designed for ENT specialists, Neurosurgeons, and trainees including Residents and Fellows. It is aimed at professionals with an interest in learning or advancing their skills in minimally invasive surgical techniques. Whether you are new to the field or looking to update your practice with the latest approaches, this course offers valuable insights and training tailored to your needs.

Course Dates16th–18th September 2024
VenueInstitute of Anatomy, Vesaliusweg 2–4, 48149 Münster 
Course DirectorPriv.-Doz. Dr. med. E. Suero Molina, MBA – Head of Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery, University Hospital of Münster
Local Organization Committee

Arturo Silvero Isidre

Registration FeeParticipant (Hands-on): 1450 €, Observer: 400 €
Early registration until Friday, 1st July 2024: 1250 €
RegistrationPlease register by email  with the following details: first name, surname/last name, specialization (neurosurgery/ENT/other: please specify), year of training, institution, address, email address, telephone number. If you need a visa, please send a copy of your passport to

Preliminary program

16. September 2024, Monday
 Essentials of pre- and postoperative workout. Measuring success of surgery.
 Endonasal Anatomy
 The transsphenoidal approach
 Functional Pituitary Adenomas
 Benign cystic lesions

Sagittal plane modules

Endonasal Dissection Steps

 Skull base reconstruction



Hands-on Dissection

 Hands-on Dissection
 Social program: Welcome drinks


17. September 2024, Tuesday

Coronal plane and Posterior Fossa

Introduction to the coronal plane

 Surgical anatomy of the cavernous sinus/Meckel’s cave
 Trigeminal schwannoma
 Surgical technique and anatomy: Transclival and petroclival junction
 Chordomas and Chondrosarcomas
 Surgical technique and anatomy: The cranio-cervical junction
 Reconstructionin the posterior fossa and CCJ, considerations
 Managing the cavernous sinus in endoscopic endonasal surgery
 Hands-on Dissection


 Surgical Anatomy and Technique – How I do it.

Transorbital Approach to the lateral skull base

The superior eyelid transorbital route to the skull base: Basic principles

 TO Surgery: Korean Master Experience
 Complications in orbital surgery
 Hands-on Dissection
 Course Dinner

18. September 2024

Anterolateral cranial base

Keyhole access to the anterior skull base


Eyebrow approaches

Lateral eyebrow and supraorbital craniotomy

Medial eyebrow (Kilian-Approach)

 Skull base Meningiomas
 Hands-on Dissection
 Sinonasal malignancies

Complications in Skull Base Surgery

 Bring your own cases (Case discussion)


Invited Guest

Prof. Daniel Prevedello

Professor, Director, Minimally Invasive Cranial Surgery Program
College of Medicine, Department of Neurological Surgery
The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

International Faculty

  • Michael Catalino, USA
  • Alberto di Somma, Spain
  • Arianna Fava, Italy
  • Doo-Sik Kong, South Korea
  • Gilles Reuter, Belgium

Local Faculty

  • Prof. Walter Stummer
  • Dr. Achim Beule

Quotes from the International Faculty

"The Münster course was a perfect mixture of hands on dissection, multidisciplinary educational content and review of scientific literature.
It breaks down the fundamentals into easy to learn material for beginners, and, for advanced participants, it offers expert perspective on challenging paradigms in pituitary and skull base surgery."

Michael Catalino, University of Virginia, Department of Neurosurgery, USA

"The Münster course is appreciated for the broad and detailed range of skull base pathologies and approaches that will be covered. Also, faculty members pay great attention to being available for everyone during dissections. Supporting trainees in Münster in this friendly atmosphere is delightful."

Gilles Reuter, University Hospital Liège, Belgium

"The Münster endoscopic skull base cadaver course is an intensive and comprehensive training program that covers the anatomy, pathology, and surgical techniques of the anterior, middle, and posterior skull base. It offers a unique opportunity to practice endoscopic approaches on fresh frozen cadavers, under the guidance of experienced faculty.
The course is ideal for neurosurgeons who want to expand their knowledge and skills in endoscopic skull base surgery."

Doo-Sik Kong, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea

"The Münster comprehensive hands-on course includes expert-led sessions, practical demonstrations, and interactive workshop covering the latest advancements in skull base surgery. The involved faculty ensures an immersive learning experience, equipping participants with valuable skills and knowledge. Extremely recommended!"

Alberto Di Somma, Hospital Clinic de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain