Saint Luke’s Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program

Multidisciplinary team of experts provide personalized and comprehensive patient care

Tumors at the base of the skull—behind the eyes and nose, between the ears, or near the pituitary gland—can be difficult to treat. Special surgical skills and expertise are required to protect the brain, as well as critical nerves and blood vessels in the brain, neck, and spinal cord.

Saint Luke’s Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor program brings together expert medical staff and advanced facilities to provide the specialized care needed to address these complex tumors.

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists work collaboratively to develop custom and evidence-based treatment plans for the full range of skull base tumors.

Saint Luke’s offers:

  • Dedicated, multidisciplinary team of experts: An established and integrated team of physicians works together to provide personalized and comprehensive patient care.
  • Coordinated, timely, and integrated care: Saint Luke’s nurse navigator supports the patient throughout care.
  • Specialty trained and team-based surgery: The skull base team includes surgeons who are fellowship-trained in neuro-otology, neurosurgery, and rhinology.
  • Innovative endoscopic surgical techniques: One of the region's only fellowship-trained team of surgeons that specialize in endoscopic techniques to precisely target tumors meaning less pain, faster recovery, and better outcomes for patients.

To schedule a consultation, call 816-932-5795.


Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma)


Pituitary adenoma




Giant cell tumor

Epidermoid tumor/Cholesteatoma


Rathke’s cleft cyst


Sinonasal malignancies


Expanded minimilly invasive, endoscopic approaches to the skull base

Traditional open skull base approaches

Hearing preservation surgery for vestibular schwannomas

Brain mapping

Laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT)

Fluorescence-guided tumor surgery (Gleolan)

Stereotactic radiosurgery (TrueBeam)


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For Providers
How to refer a patient

Our team

Saint Luke’s Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor program includes specialists in:

  • Audiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Medical oncology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurotology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Rhinology
  • Rehabilitation

A nurse navigator ensures that every patient and family receive personalized attention every step of the way. Appointments, imaging studies, and other tests are streamlined and coordinated to maximize patient convenience, minimize travel time, and keep referring providers in the loop.


Brian Todd Allenbrand, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

Vidur Bhalla, MD

ENT / Otolaryngology

Jonathan D Breshears, MD

Neurological Surgery

Robert D Cullen, MD


Namita Gupta, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

Thomas J Muelleman, MD

ENT / Otolaryngology, Otology/Neurotology

Renato Mendoza Sandoval, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

Dorota J Walewicz, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

Joseph A Ursick, MD


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