I live in the DC area and visited a few doctors in the area: 1) Dr Eisenman at UMD 2) Hopkins - Dr Francis and Dr Brem. I actually had surgery scheduled at Hopkins, but then with further research and talking to other patients on this discussion board as well as the DC support group, I decided to go out to House Clinic in LA.
Have you sent your MRI there for a free consult? I strongly recommend doing that. I had Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Friedman (who has now moved onto USC), who were beyond amazing!
My tumor was 9mm, and I had Middle Fossa back in April 2013. They completely saved my hearing, no facial damage, and no balance issues whatsoever!
I wish I would have seen this post a few days ago - we just had the DC support group this past weekend. It is a great resource.
Let me know if you have any questions!