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Conditions that affect the skull base often involve the most delicate areas of the brain, nerves, and blood vessels. At the Center for Minimally Invasive Cranial Base Surgery, we work closely with a multi-disciplinary team of oncologists, radiation oncologists, ophthalmologists, and endocrinologists to determine when surgery is needed. When surgery is required, we use the expertise of fellowship-trained and experienced neurosurgeons and otolaryngologists combined with the most advanced technology to provide minimally invasive options for treatment. Often, large tumors can be removed through small incisions hidden in the eyebrow or hair, or completely through the nose. This allows for less pain, faster recovery, and improved outcomes.

Our Team

Joseph Raviv, MD

Dr. Raviv received his medical education at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. He then underwent residency training in otolaryngology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. After completion of residency, he completed a 1-year fellowship in endoscopic skull base and sinus surgery at Stanford University. He now serves as the head of the endoscopic skull base and sinus surgery program at NorthShore University Health System.

Michael Shinners, MD

Dr. Shinners received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. After completing medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed his Otolaryngology residency at the University of Minnesota. He then completed a one year fellowship at the University of Minnesota in Otology, Neurotology, & Skull Base Surgery. He is the director of the NorthShore University HealthSystem cochlear implant program and the co-director of the skull base program. He is involved in teaching Otolaryngology residents from the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ricky Wong, MD

Dr. Wong received his medical education at Tufts University School of Medicine. He then underwent residency training in neurosurgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center. After completion of residency, he completed a 1-year fellowship in skull base and vascular surgery at the University of South Florida. He now serves as the head of skull base and pituitary surgery at NorthShore University Health System.