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Carl Snyderman



Carl H. Snyderman, MD, MBA, is Professor of Otolaryngology, with secondary appointments in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, and Co-Director of the Center for Cranial Base Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is recognized internationally as a pioneer and leader in the development of the endoscopic endonasal approach, a minimally invasive surgical approach to the cranial base. Dr. Snyderman also has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and is Vice Chair for Quality and Safety of the Department of Otolaryngology.

He received his Medical Degree from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in otolaryngology and fellowship training in skull base surgery at the UPMC. He is past recipient of a Clinical Oncology Career Development Award from the American Cancer Society and a FIRST Award from the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Snyderman is Past President of the North American Skull Base Society, he has received Presidential Citations from the American Head and Neck Society and The Triological Society, and is a two-time recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and in addition to the North American Skull Base Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, is a member of the American Head and Neck Society, the American Rhinologic Society, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.

Dr. Snyderman is co-editor of the textbooks Skull Base Surgery, part of the Master Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery series published by Wolters Kluwer, Vascular Challenges in Skull Base Surgery, and Operative-Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 3rd Edition. He has also published numerous peer-reviewed articles and presents frequently at local, national, and international scientific meetings and courses. Dr. Snyderman is regularly recognized in Castle Connelly’s Best Doctors in America and Pittsburgh Magazine’s “Top Doctors”.

Dr. Snyderman has additional training in entrepreneurship through the Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program and is past recipient of multiple Coulter grants from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Medical Innovation and Pitt Innovation Challenge (PinCh). He regularly participates as a clinical mentor in the Medical Product Ideation Course at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering and has multiple medical devices under development.

Current research interests include surgical simulation, minimally invasive surgical instrumentation, and medical devices that enhance surgical safety. Dr. Snyderman is on the Executive Board of Pittsburgh CREATES (Collaborative Research, Education and Technology Enhancement in Surgery), a collaborative partnership of UPMC surgeons, engineers, and surgical device companies devoted to the advancement of minimally invasive surgery.

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MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 1978 - 1982

MBA, University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business, 2010 - 2011

Melachuri, S., Melachuri, M., Vallapil, B., Kim, S., & Snyderman, C. (2022). The incidence of stroke post neck dissection surgery and perioperative management. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY, 43(2), 103360.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2021.103360.

McDowell, M.M., Roy, S., Goldschmidt, E., Gardner, P.A., Tyler-Kabara, E., & Snyderman, C.H. (2020). Extensive tumor calcification in response to pre-operative reductive chemotherapy in pediatric esthesioneuroblastoma: a case report. CHILDS NERVOUS SYSTEM, 36(9), 2099-2102.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s00381-020-04545-2.

Snyderman, C.H., & Lavigne, P. (2020). Benign Tumors of the Anterior Cranial Base. Adv Otorhinolaryngol, 84, 106-113.S. Karger AG. doi: 10.1159/000457930.

Snyderman, C.H., Wang, E.W., Zenonos, G.A., & Gardner, P.A. (2020). Reconstruction after endoscopic surgery for skull base malignancies. JOURNAL OF NEURO-ONCOLOGY, 150(3), 463-468.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s11060-020-03465-0.

Snyderman, C.H., Wang, E.W., Fernandez-Miranda, J.C., & Gardner, P.A. (2017). The Making of a Skull Base Team and the Value of Multidisciplinary Approach in the Management of Sinonasal and Ventral Skull Base Malignancies. OTOLARYNGOLOGIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 50(2), 457-+.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2016.12.017.

Pant, H., & Snyderman, C.H. (2016). Hemostasis in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Preface. OTOLARYNGOLOGIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 49(3), XIX-XX.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2016.03.013.

Snyderman, C.H., & Pant, H. (2016). Endoscopic Management of Vascular Sinonasal Tumors, Including Angiofibroma. OTOLARYNGOLOGIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 49(3), 791-+.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2016.02.009.

Rastatter, J.C., Snyderman, C.H., Gardner, P.A., Alden, T.D., & Tyler-Kabara, E. (2015). Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery for Sinonasal and Skull Base Lesions in the Pediatric Population. OTOLARYNGOLOGIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 48(1), 79-+.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2014.09.007.

Snyderman, C.H., & Gardner, P.A. (2013). Quality control approach to cerebrospinal fluid leaks. Adv Otorhinolaryngol, 74, 130-137.S. Karger AG. doi: 10.1159/000342289.

Snyderman, C.H., & Harvey, R.J. (2011). Skull Base: Meeting Place for Multidisciplinary Collaboration. OTOLARYNGOLOGIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 44(4), XI-XII.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2011.07.001.

Snyderman, C.H., Eibling, D.E., & Johnson, J.T. (2011). The Physician as Team Leader: New Job Skills Are Required. ACADEMIC MEDICINE, 86(11), 1348.Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health). doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182308d6c.

Snyderman, C.H., Fernandez-Miranda, J., & Gardner, P.A. (2011). Training in Neurorhinology: The Impact of Case Volume on the Learning Curve. OTOLARYNGOLOGIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 44(5), 1223-+.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2011.06.014.

Snyderman, C.H., Pant, H., Carrau, R.L., & Gardner, P. (2010). A New Endoscopic Staging System for Angiofibromas. ARCHIVES OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY-HEAD & NECK SURGERY, 136(6), 588-594.American Medical Association (AMA). doi: 10.1001/archoto.2010.83.

Snyderman, C.H., Carrau, R.L., Prevedello, D.M., Gardner, P., & Kassam, A.B. (2009). Technologic innovations in neuroendoscopic surgery. Otolaryngol Clin North Am, 42(5), 883-x.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2009.08.019.

Snyderman, C.H., Pant, H., Carrau, R.L., Prevedello, D., Gardner, P., & Kassam, A.B. (2009). What are the limits of endoscopic sinus surgery?: the expanded endonasal approach to the skull base. Keio J Med, 58(3), 152-160.Keio Journal of Medicine. doi: 10.2302/kjm.58.152.

Snyderman, C.H., Carrau, R.L., Kassam, A.B., Zanation, A., Prevedello, D., Gardner, P., & Mintz, A. (2008). Endoscopic skull base surgery: Principles of endonasal oncological surgery. JOURNAL OF SURGICAL ONCOLOGY, 97(8), 658-664.Wiley. doi: 10.1002/jso.21020.

Snyderman, C.H. (2003). Nutrition and head and neck cancer. Curr Oncol Rep, 5(2), 158-163.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s11912-003-0104-9.