Dana Crosby, MD, MPH

Chair, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Residency Program Director

    About me

    Areas of Expertise and Research Interests:

    • Chronic Sinusitis
    • Nasal Polyposis
    • Sinonasal Cancer
    • Endoscopic Pituitary and Skull Base Surgery
    • CSF Rhinorrhea
    • Orbital Decompression for Graves Disease
    • Dacryocystorhinostomy
    • Quality of life and treatment outcomes

    Dana Crosby, MD, is chair and an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Crosby is a neurorhinologist and endoscopic skull base surgeon with advanced training in the endoscopic treatment of diseases of the sinuses and skull base. Diseases treated include: chronic infection and inflammation of the sinuses, nasal polyps, sinus cancers, CSF leaks, pituitary and other tumors of the skull base, as well as, endoscopic approaches to orbital issues including orbital decompression, dacryocystorhinostomy, and tumors of the orbital apex.

    Dr. Crosby attended college at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. She received her medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Southern Illinois University. She then went on to complete a fellowship in Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. She is also completed a Masters in Public Health Candidate at Rollin’s School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Dr. Crosby’s research is focused on identifying factors that impact treatment outcomes of chronic rhinosinusitis, sinonasal cancer, and skull base tumors. The goal is to identify methods that will ultimately improve patient outcomes. She is a member of the American Rhinologic Society, the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, and the Society of University Otolaryngologists.

    Listen to Dr. Crosby speak about surgical treatment of sinus disease and the surgical treatment of anterior skull base disease.


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    Education & training

    Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
    Head and Neck Surgeon
    Board Certifications
    Medical School
    Drexel University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
    Undergraduate Degree
    BA, Allegheny College
    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL - Otolaryngology
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA - Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery


    Research Interests
    Rhinology, Pathophysiology of chronic sinusitis, Patient outcomes following endoscopic sinus surgery, Resident education, Women in Surgery, Public Health


    Crosby, DL Smell and Taste Dysfunction, In: Medskl, S Sharma, medskl.com, 2016.

    Crosby, DL and Kennedy DW, Overview of the Medical Management of Chronic Rhinosinusitis, In: Practical Medical and Surgical Management of Chronic Rhinosinusitis, PS Batra and JK Han ed., Springer, 211-24, 2015.

    Crosby DL, Adappa, N. What is the Optimal Management of Chronic Rhinosinusitis in Cystic Fibrosis? Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. Vol 22, page 42-46.



    SIU Division of Otolaryngology Resident Teaching Award; June, 2016

    HSHS “VITALS” award for exceptional care; July, 2015

    SIU Medical Student Teaching Award 2010-2012

    Related articles

    Photo of Dr. Crosby and Dr. Amin

    SIU Medicine physicians perform first transorbital skull base surgery in central Illinois

    Dr. Dana Crosby, chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and neurosurgeon Dr. Devin Amin recently completed the first transorbital skull base surgery in central Illinois.