The central nervous system is comprised of two major components, the brain and the spinal cord.
The underside of a person’s head -- or the skull base, where these two structures meet -- is a complicated network including the underside of the brain, blood vessels, and major nerves. Due to the complex anatomy and the difficulty in accessing this area of the body, neurosurgeons dedicate advanced training specifically to operating on tumors, lesions, and aneurysms found at the skull base.
Under the direction of Dr. Harry van Loveren, USF Health offers a team of specially trained neurosurgeons able to operate on tumors or other conditions affecting the skull base. Evaluation and treatment involve a multidisciplinary approach, with a committed team of otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors), radiologists, and oncologists. Together, these experts provide our patients with comprehensive care and state-of-the-art treatment.