Abraham R. Shashoua, M.D.

3000 North Halsted Street
Suite 405
Chicago Illinois 60657
United States
Abraham Shashoua, M. D.

Dr. Abraham Shashoua is Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Gynecologic Surgery at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois. Dr. Shashoua has been a Castle Connolly Top Doctor from 2000-2019 and was featured in Chicago Magazine as a Chicago Top Doctor for Women in the January 2011 and June 2019 issues.

Dr. Shashoua specializes in minimally invasive procedures and advanced laparoscopy for the management of chronic pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and heavy menstrual bleeding.

Dr. Shashoua was the first gynecologist in Chicago to perform robotic surgery in 2005. He teaches robotic surgery locally, regionally and nationally. He performed the first Single Incision Laparoscopic Hysterectomy in Chicagoland in 2008 and the first Single Incision Robotic Hysterectomy in 2009. He is a specialist in advanced laparoscopy for pelvic pain and endometriosis.

Dr. Shashoua is originally from Chicago, attended the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed residency at the University of Chicago in 1996. He is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois.


B.S. (cum laude graduate), 1988
University of Miami, Miami, Florida

M.D., University of Miami School of Medicine, 1992
Miami, Florida

Residency (obstetrics and gynecology), University of Chicago, 1992-1996
Hospitals, Chicago, Illinois

Administrative Chief Resident, University of Chicago Hospitals, 1996

Specialty Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1998
Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Specialty Training    

da Vinci Robotic Surgeon
Advanced Laparoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery


Illinois 036-090086, 1992

University & Public Service

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 8/07 – present

  • Director, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Gynecologic Surgery
  • Women’s Center for Continence and Pelvic Medicine

University of Illinois – Chicago, 10/07 – present

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

  • Assistant Professor, 1996-2007
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Director, Resident and Student Activities

Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, 1996-2007

  • Chairman, Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2002-2007
  • Director, Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Medical Staff President-Elect, 2007


Quality Assurance, 1997-2007
Medical Executive Committee, 1997-2007
Leadership Committee, 2000-2007
Ravenswood Physician Associates, 2002-2004
Board of Directors

Professional Activities

Awards and Honors

National Faculty Award, Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2009
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Medical, 1996
Student Education

Castle Connolly Top Doctors, Chicago Metro Area, 2000-2011
Chicago Magazine Top Doctors for Women, 2011

Professional Societies

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Chicago Gynecological Society
AAGL American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy
Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

Invited Lectures and Presentations

History of obstetric forceps, 1996

  • Grand Rounds, University of Chicago
  • Chicago, Illinois

Cervical  ripening agents, 2002

  • Grand Rounds, Mercy Hospital
  • Chicago, Illinois

Family-centered maternity care, 2003

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Chicago, Illinois

Minimally invasive approach to abnormal uterine bleeding, 2005

  • Grand Rounds, St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Chicago, Illinois

Minimally invasive approach to abnormal urinary incontinence

  • Grand Rounds, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
  • Chicago, Illinois

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, metabolic syndrome, and abnormal bleeding, 2006

  • Grand Rounds, Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital
  • Chicago, Illinois

Robotics in Gynecology – An Update, 11/07

  • Chicago Gynecologic Society
  • Chicago, Illinois     

Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery in Gynecology and Urogynecology, An Update for Primary Care Providers and OB/GYNs, 01/08

  • CME Program Director
  • Chicago, Illinois

Robotics in Gynecology and Urogynecology – An Update, 03/08

  • Grand Rounds, Resurrection Medical Center
  • Chicago, Illinois

Hereditary cancer syndromes in gynecology – a review, 06/08

  • Grand Rounds, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Chicago, IL

Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Annual Scientific Meeting, 09/08

  • Faculty – Laparoscopic Simulation
  • Chicago, IL

Robotics in Gynecology and Urogynecology – An Update, 11/08

  • ACOG – Buenos Aires Section and University of Chicago
  • Innovations in Obstetrics and Gynecology New Frontiers
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

Robotics in Gynecology and Urogynecology – An Update

  • Grand Rounds, Thorek Memorial Hospital, 01/09

Robotic Applications in Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repair, 07/09

  • National Medical Association Annual Meeting
  • Urology division
  • Las Vegas, NV

Multiple other local and national invited lectures – list available

Bibliography/Journal Articles

  • Hibbard JU, Shashoua AR, Adamczyk C, Ismail M: Cervical ripening with prostaglandin gel and hygroscopic dilators. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 6:18-24, 1998
  • Shashoua AR, Stringer NH, Pearlman JB, Behmaram B, Stringer EA: Ischemic uterine rupture and hysterctomy 3 months after uterine artery embolization. J Am Assoc Gynecol Laparosc 9:217-220, 2002
  • Shashoua AR, Gill D, Barajas R, August C, Kirschenbaum GL, Escuardro L: Casseating Granulomata caused by hemostatic agent posing as metastatic leiomyosarcoma. JSLS (2009) 13: 226-228.
  • Shashoua AR, Gill D, Locher SR: Robotic-assisted total laparoscopic hysterectomy versus conventional total laparoscopic hysterectomy. JSLS (2009) 13:364-369.
  • Witkowski K, Shashoua AR: Treatment of cesarean scar ectoptic pregnancy with systemic methotrexate. Central Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology poster presentation, October, 2009.
  • Shashoua, AR, Levine, E: Radiofrequency volumetric thermal ablation of uterine leiomyoma: Description and comparison of alternative treatment methods. Central Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology poster, October, 2017. Winner best poster.
  • Shashoua, AR, Berman, JM: Reproductive outcomes after laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation of symptomatic myomas. Poster accepted for ACOG Annual Meeting, 2018.
  • Shashoua, AR: Radiofrequency Volumetric Thermal Ablation of Uterine Leiomyoma: Description and Comparison with Alternative Treatment Methods. AAGL Global Congress, General Session presentation, 11/201
  • Castelli, Anthony, Shashoua, AR et al: Cross Specialty Instrument for Rectal Cancer in the Female Pelvis. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 2019; 62.