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J. Dale Browne, MD, FACS

James A. Harrill Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology

Listed for several years in "Best Doctors," Dr. Browne recently completed and published an extensive review of arterovenous dural fistulas involving the skull base treated at Wake Forest Baptist. His international collaboration on the transotic approach to the cerebellopontine angle with technique developer Professor Ugo Fisch of Zurich, Switzerland, was recently republished as a classic in acoustic tumor surgery. Active in national education, he was editor-in-chief of the popular Patient of the Month Program for seven years and is currently chairman of the Laryngology and Bronchoesophagology Committee of the Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.


Head and neck surgical oncology, thyroid carcinoma, skull base surgery, head and neck cancer, microvascular reconstruction, free flap, oral cancer, mouth, salivary,


Advances in Medical Technology Allow Wake Forest Baptist Surgeons to Perform Endoscopic Brain Surgery through the Nose

Imagine a tiny pea at the bottom of a bowl of Jell-O. Now, imagine trying to remove that pea without disturbing the Jell-O around it. That’s how Rashid Janjua, M.D., assistant professor of neurosurgery, and Drew Plonk, M.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center describe the precision required to remove pituitary tumors at the base of the brain.

Now, new tools and technology are allowing Janjua, Plonk and other surgeons at Wake Forest Baptist to remove these and other skull base tumors even more precisely without having to make an incision on the head. They are able to perform brain surgery through the nose.


The first transoral robotic surgery (TORS) in western North Carolina has been performed at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and all three patients who underwent the first procedures are recovering well, without the complications that follow traditional surgery for the same diagnoses.

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