Pittsburgh CREATES

Surgical outcomes for patients vary greatly across the United States and the world depending on how the surgery is performed. The Department of Otolaryngology is an international leader in pioneering minimally invasive surgical techniques. For nearly 40 years, the Department of Otolaryngology has pursued an educational mission to share those techniques with surgeons from around the globe in an effort to provide all patients with the same level of world class surgical care. To achieve this goal, the Department of Otolaryngology established a dedicated center available to surgeons for daily training. Pittsburgh Collaborative Research Education and Technology Enhancement in Surgery (CREATES) is an industry focused research, training, and innovation center for advanced surgical technologies. Pittsburgh CREATES aims to improve upon existing minimally invasive surgical devices and procedures by incorporating the latest scientific advancements, while educating surgeons worldwide on new methods and best practices.  By improving upon surgical practices, patients in Pittsburgh and around the world have the potential to have better outcomes along with less invasive and potentially disfiguring surgeries.

To learn more, visit Pittsburgh CREATES.

Skull Base Surgery

The Skull Base Surgery team has pioneered innovative techniques, including removing brain tumors through the nose instead of making incisions directly into the skull, to make surgery less disfiguring to patients.  The team, led by Dr. Carl Snyderman, lectures around the globe in addition to running quarterly training sessions, including practice time in the operating room, at Eye and Ear Institute. One of the goals of the Skull Base Surgery team is to have a dedicated training space within Pittsburgh CREATES so that surgeons can sharpen their techniques daily. Dr. Snyderman also leads a tele-mentoring program, allowing for the Skull Base team to train surgeons in remote areas with their surgical techniques.

Read more at the Center for Skull Base Surgery.

Robotic Surgery

In addition to his responsibilities as the Medical Director of Pittsburgh CREATES, Dr.  Umamaheswar Duvvuri also serves as the Director of Robotic Surgery, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is the current Director of the Center for Advanced Robotics Training (CART) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Duvvuri directs the Cart Training Courses which provides technical and circumstantial resources to initiate and optimize robotic surgery programs.

For more information, visit the Robotic Head & Neck Surgery Center.