At the opening of the 2017 Temporal Bone Dissection Course the Temporal Bone Laboratory was renamed in honour of Professor Paul Fagan, a pioneer in the field of Otology and Skull Base Surgery here at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney Australia.

Professor Paul Fagan Microsurgical Skills Laboratory


On Friday live surgery demonstrated a translabyrinthine approach to a vestibular schwannoma.

The dissectors then commenced their supervised dissection in the lab on Friday afternoon, before heading off to the course dinner.

Further dissection was completed on Saturday and Sunday morning with dissectors starting with canalplasty, extending to middle ear exploration and stapedectomy before moving to the mastoid drilling. Cochlear Corporation supplied dummy electrodes to allow practice in cochlear implantation before a labyrinthectomy, exposure of the IAC, jugular bulb, carotid artery and surgical exploration of the cochlear was completed.

Lectures in the afternoon on both days highlighting distilled surgical techniques and instructive cases exploring the fundamentals of otologic and neurotologic decision making.

The 2018 course is being held from the 14th-16th September.

The 2018 Audiology conference with live surgery is being held on the 1st November.