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 McGovern Medical School at UTHealth 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.

Meet the Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Team



  • Spiros Blackburn, MD
  • Roc Chen, MD
  • Arthur Day, MD

Radiation Oncology

  • Angel Blanco, MD

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.

Schedule an Appointment

Call Us

To schedule an appointment over the telephone, give our office a call at 713-486-5000.

Online Appointment Requests

Patients may submit their appointment requests through our online Appointment Request Form.


Both current and new patients can request appointments through MyUTHealth, our patient portal.