UCSF CME: 2017 Endonasal Pituitary and
Skull Base Surgery for the Otolaryngologist


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Chairs Faculty Travel & Lodging Cancellation Policy

Department: Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery
Course Number: MOT18002
Activity Start Date: November 1, 2017
Activity End Date: November 1, 2017
Location: Palace Hotel
San Francisco CA

Physician- Morning Lectures Only $300
Allied Health Professionals – Morning Lectures Only $200
Residents/Fellows – Morning Lectures Only $150

Afternoon Hands-On Lab Nov. 1 / 12:10-5:00pm $800*
(Enrollment limited – Please register early to guarantee your spot)

Online registration to the hands-on lab has closed. If you’d like to attend the hands-on lab, please contact Gaelen Lombard at Gaelen.Lombard@ucsf.edu to inquire about availability.

* Register for the UCSF Otolaryngology Update also and we will give you $100 off the price of the afternoon hands-on lab. Must register by phone or mail to receive the discount upon the time of registration. Otherwise, we will give you a $100 refund at the time of the conference.



This course is designed for otolaryngologists and neurosurgeons interested in endoscopic approaches to the pituitary sella. In recent years there has been a trend for neurosurgeons to address tumors of the pituitary with an endoscopic transnasal approach. This results in a close collaboration of the two specialties. A panel of neurosurgeon and otolaryngologist experts will present common surgical indications, pre- and post-operative care, surgical anatomy, closure of CSF leaks, and strategies for successful patient management. In the afternoon, attendees will practice surgical techniques in a hands-on cadaver lab with image-guidance at UCSF’s high-tech Anatomy Learning Center.


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Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

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The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.25AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Physician Assistants:
AAPA accepts category 1 credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, andAMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

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Course Outline:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

6:45 am Shuttle from Palace Hotel to UCSF Parnassus Campus

7:20 Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:50 Welcome and Introduction
Ivan H. El-Sayed

8:00 Endonasal Anatomy of Paranasal Sinuses
Patricia A. Loftus

8:20 Endonasal Anatomy of the Pituitary Sella and Surrounding Structures
Ivan H. El-Sayed

8:40 Presentation and Non-surgical Treatment of Pituitary Tumors
Lewis Blevins, Jr.

9:00 Common Pituitary Tumors and Sellar Lesions
Manish K. Aghi

9:40 Post-operative Endocrine Management of Pituitary Tumors
Lewis Blevins, Jr.

10:00 Coffee Break

10:20 Targeted Endoscopic Approach to Pituitary Sella
Jose G. Gurrola

10:40 Expanded Endonasal Approach to Pituitary Sella
Ricardo L. Carrau

11:00 Closure of Pituitary Defects and Nasal Septal Flap
Ivan H. El-Sayed

11:20 Equipment, Hemostasis and Two-surgeon Technique
Jose G. Gurrola

11:40 PANEL DISCUSSION Moderator: Ivan H. El-Sayed
Panelists: Manish Aghi, Ricardo Carrau, Jose Gurrola, Patricia A. Loftus

12:00 pm Lecture Session Adjourns – Shuttle Return to Palace Hotel

Program continues for Afternoon Hands-On Lab Participants (Limited Enrollment)

12:10 pm Lunch (provided to Lab participants)

12:15 Lunch Lecture: Postoperative Sinonasal Care after Pituitary Surgery
Patricia A. Loftus

1:00 Hands On Lab:
• Direct Pituitary Approach
• Ethmoidectomies
• Superior Turbinate Resection
• Nasal Septal Flap
• Pituitary Sella
• Inferior Turbinate Flap
Further Dissection:
• Transplanum Approach
• Vidian Canal Drill Out
• Carotid Exposure
• Trans Tuberculum and Limbus

Lab Instructors:
Ivan H. El-Sayed
Jose Gurrola II
Ricardo L. Carrau
Patricia A. Loftus
Andrew N. Goldberg
Steven D. Pletcher
Manish K. Aghi

5:00 pm Hands-on Lab Adjourns / Shuttle Return to Palace Hotel

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Ivan H. El-Sayed, MD, FACS
Professor, Division of Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery,
Co-Director, Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery Program

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Ricardo L. Carrau, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery,
and of Speech and Hearing Science
The Ohio State University Medical
College, Columbus, OH


Manish K. Aghi, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurological Surgery,
Brain Tumor Research Center at UCSF

Lewis Blevins, Jr., MD
Professor of Medicine and of Neurological Surgery,
Medical Director, California Center for
Pituitary Disorders at UCSF

Andrew N. Goldberg, MD, MSCE
Professor and Vice Chair
Director, Division of Rhinology and Sinus Surgery
Roger Boles, MD Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology Education

Jose G. Gurrola, II, MD
Assistant Professor, as of July 2017,
Division of Rhinology and Sinus Surgery

Patricia A. Loftus, MD,
Assistant Professor,
Division of Rhinology and Sinus Surgery

Steven D. Pletcher, MD
Associate Professor, Division of
Rhinology and Sinus Surgery

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Travel & Lodging:

Originally established in 1875, the Palace Hotel is San Francisco’s most historic and premier luxury hotel,
located in the heart of the city’s downtown shopping and entertainment district.

Course lectures and hands-on lab sessions will take place at UCSF’s Parnassus Campus.
Shuttle service will be provided for those attendees staying at the Palace Hotel.

Palace Hotel 2 Montgomery Street, San Francisco CA 94105

Hotel Phone: 415-512-1111 / Reservations: 888-627-7196 / Website: http://www.sfpalace.com/

Rates: $355/night / Cutoff Date: October 18, 2017 or once room block is filled

After October 18th, please contact Gaelen.Lombard@ucsf.edu to book your hotel room at the Palace Hotel in the group room block.

United is pleased to offer special discounts for this program including three days prior to the course date and three days after.
You may book online at www.united.com and enter your Offer Code ZY6G767022 in the Offer Code box when searching for your flights.
If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122, please give them the following information:
Agreement Code: 767022
Z Code: ZY6G

Hertz is pleased to offer discounts for our course attendees. Please click on the link below to make a reservation:
Hertz UCSF CME Discount
You can also reserve by calling Hertz at 800-654-3131 and referencing Convention Code: 03BW0136

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Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing before November 1, 2017* will be refunded, less a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be made on cancellations received after that date.

Please email your requests to registration@ocme.ucsf.edu.

*Cancellation for the Hands-on Lab accepted until Oct. 1st.  There will be no refunds for cancellations received after that point.

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