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In this episode of Fridays with Friedlander, Robert Friedlander, MD, provides updates from the Department of Neurosurgery and discusses management of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Paul Gardner, MD, reviews the latest advances in minimally invasive brain surgery. Dr. Gardner also discusses how to practice safe surgery during the pandemic.

Educational Objectives 

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify tumors that could be amenable to an endoscopic surgery
  • Explain advantages of endoscopic brain surgery
  • Describe safeguards for endonasal surgery during COVID
  • Recognize the advantages of a multidisciplinary Pituitary Center of Excellence


Dr. Gardner has reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

Dr. Friendlander has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Consultant: Neubase Therapeutics, 2730 Sydney St., Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
  • Other: Difusion, Inc., Scientific Advisory Board Consultant

All presenters' disclosures of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers, and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

For your credit transcript, please access our website four weeks postcompletion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page.

Release Date: 9/23/2020 | Last Modified On: 10/18/2021 | Expires: 10/13/2022


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