A Chicago native, Dr. Lekovic enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago after receiving an AB in Biology from the University of Chicago in 1993. He completed his doctoral thesis in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology on the electrophysiology of the efferent auditory synapse in the turtle, graduating in 2001. While in the MD/PhD program, Dr. Lekovic enrolled in the Chicago-Kent College of Law, also graduating in 2001. He completed neurosurgery residency in 2008 at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, where he obtained advanced Fellowship training in Skull Base / Cerebrovascular Surgery, Radiosurgery, and Complex Spine Surgery. While in Arizona, Dr. Lekovic was adjunct faculty at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
After residency, Dr. Lekovic joined the world-renowned House Clinic in Los Angeles, where he performed over a thousand operations for acoustic neuroma and other skull base conditions. Prior to joining UCLA, Dr. Lekovic was the Director of the House Institute Neurosurgery Skull Base Fellowship and Co-Director of the Comprehensive Neurofibromatosis Clinic. He was Co-Director of the Gamma Knife at Good Samaritan Hospital and has published extensively on radiosurgery for skull base tumors. His current research interests include the pathophysiology of vestibular schwannoma, neurofibromatosis type 2, and brainstem implantation for restoration of hearing and neuromodulation. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters.
Dr. Lekovic is dedicated to a patient-centered approach to medicine and to the multi-disciplinary management of skull-base disease, combining principles of head and neck surgery and radiation oncology with neurosurgery for a “360 degree” approach to the patient.