Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

McGovern Medical School

Texas Skull Base Physicians

The Texas Skull Base Physicians focuses on patients with complex diseases and disorders of a skull base. We combine the expertise of otorhinolaryngologists from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and neurosurgeons at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute (MNI) at Memorial Hermann.

Our otorhinolaryngologists are skilled in the endoscopic repair of CSF leaks and have developed strategies for the minimally invasive endoscopic management of both benign and malignant neoplasms of the paranasal sinuses and skull base. Skull base tumors and neurovascular disease conditions are managed by a team that includes specialty-trained skull base neurosurgeons, neuro-endovascular surgeons, neuro-otolaryngologists,. and intraoperative neurophysiologists. The program also includes consultations with the MHH-TMC gamma knife team, as appropriate.

Scope of Expertise

  • Inverted papilloma and benign neoplasms
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma and malignant skull base tumors
  • Juvenile angiofibroma and pediatric tumors
  • Acoustic neuroma and lateral skull base tumors
  • CSF rhinorrhea (spinal fluid leak)
  • Fibro-osseous lesions, including fibrous dysplasia
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Intraoperative imaging
  • Computer-aided surgery

Evaluation and Treatment

We are committed to innovation in the treatment of rare and difficult conditions, to collaboration between otorhinolaryngology and neurosurgery and to close collaboration with referring physicians. Once a diagnosis has been made, we have at our disposal the most advanced treatment options available, including state-of-the-art medical therapy and surgery using minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.

Meet the Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Team



  • Dong H. Kim, MD
  • Roc Chen, MD
  • Arthur Day, MD

Radiation Oncology


To refer or schedule a patient, please call 713-486-5000 (otorhinolaryngology) or 832-325-7090 (neurosurgery).


What is Brain Fluid Leak? Symptoms and Treatment for CSF Leak

Amber Luong, MD, PhD, serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology with a joint appointment within the Center of Immunology and Autoimmune Diseases at the Institute of Molecular Medicine. Her primary research interest focuses on understanding the role of the innate immune response in the pathophysiology of chronic rhinosinusitis, with a particular interest in the role of environmental fungi in initiating these innate immune responses.