Michael Levy, M.D., Ph.D.


3020 Children's Way
MC 5135
San Diego, CA 92123




Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA

Rady Children's Specialists

Medical School

University of Calif-San Francisco


LAC - USC Medical Center


LAC - USC Medical Center


Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Board Certifications

Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery




Michael Levy, M.D., Ph.D., is chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and UC San Diego School of Medicine and a professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

In 2002, he was recruited to develop a Pediatric Neurosurgical Center of Excellence at Rady Children's and a pediatric neurosurgical fellowship at UC San Diego. Currently, Dr. Levy is the director of UC San Diego's Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowship Training Program and its pediatric neurosurgical international fellowship.

Dr. Levy's expertise lies in the treatment of complex pediatric brain tumors and cerebrovascular malformations. He is also involved with the design and utilization of endoscopy and three- dimensional imaging technologies to facilitate surgery.

In 2015, he became the first surgeon in the history of UC San Diego to move up two levels in academic standing, from Professor level 3 to Professor level 5.

Along with his clinical expertise, Dr. Levy is actively involved in research and is widely published, with more than 200 papers appearing in peer-reviewed literature, seven books and more than 60 book chapters. Additionally, he is currently on the editorial boards of 16 peer-reviewed journals, including Neurosurgery, Journal of Health Communications, World Neurosurgery, Frontiers in Pediatrics and Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences.

Dr. Levy's professional memberships include the Society of University Neurosurgeons, the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery, along with Alpha Omega Alpha (Medical Honor Society), the American College of Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Joint Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery and the WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care.

He is an advisor for the National Hydrocephalus Association, as well as a board member for the Autism Tree Project Foundation, INCA, Stemedica, Holy Innocents Hospital, Mbarara, Uganda, and Going the Distance.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Levy works with the National Football League as an unaffiliated sideline physician and for the NFL Players Association as a surgical consultant.


Intraspinal Pathology Associated With Pediatric Scoliosis: A Ten-year Review Analyzing the Effect of Neurosurgery on Scoliosis Curve Progression.
Jankowski PP, Bastrom T, Ciacci JD, Yaszay B, Levy ML, Newton PO

Acute brainstem haemorrhage as a presenting feature of high-grade glioma.
Aghajan Y, Levy ML, Mo JQ, Crawford JR

Novel PPP1CB-ALK fusion protein in a high-grade glioma of infancy.
Aghajan Y, Levy ML, Malicki DM, Crawford JR

352 Robot-Assisted Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy.
Hoshide R, Calayag M, Meltzer HS, Levy ML, Gonda DD

309 Middle Fossa Approach to Lateralized Pontine Cavernomas in Children.
Calayag M, Hoshide R, Gonda DD, Meltzer HS, Fukushima T, Levy ML

197 Considerations in Relationship to the Approach for the Treatment of Lateralized Posterior Fossa Tumors in Children.
Calayag M, Gabel BC, Hong DS, Hatefi D, Gonda DD, Meltzer HS, Levy ML

Sphenoid wing dysplasia and plexiform neurofibroma in neurofibromatosis type 1.
Rennert RC, Scott Pannell J, Levy ML, Khalessi AA

HDAC and PI3K Antagonists Cooperate to Inhibit Growth of MYC-Driven Medulloblastoma.
Pei Y, Liu KW, Wang J, Garancher A, Tao R, Esparza LA, Maier DL, Udaka YT, Murad N, Morrissy S, Seker-Cin H, Brabetz S, Qi L, Kogiso M, Schubert S, Olson JM, Cho YJ, Li XN, Crawford JR, Levy ML, Kool M, Pfister SM, Taylor MD, Wechsler-Reya RJ

PI-3K Inhibitors Preferentially Target CD15+ Cancer Stem Cell Population in SHH Driven Medulloblastoma.
Singh AR, Joshi S, Zulcic M, Alcaraz M, Garlich JR, Morales GA, Cho YJ, Bao L, Levy ML, Newbury R, Malicki D, Messer K, Crawford J, Durden DL

Benign pineal cyst lined with normal choroid plexus mimicking tumour in a young girl with exotropia.
Yang Y, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Clinical Protocol and 15 Year Experience of Caring for Postoperative Craniosynostosis Patients on the Ward.
McIntyre JK, Gosman AA, Meltzer HS, Levy ML, Cohen SR

Medulloblastoma with myogenic differentiation: a rare medulloblastoma variant in a young child.
Crawford JR, Levy ML

Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor in a Teenager with Unusual Infiltration Into the Jugular Foramen.
Udaka YT, Yoon JM, Malicki DM, Khanna PC, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Delayed Diagnosis of Enhancing Posterior Fossa Tumors Mimicking the Tela Choroidea of the Fourth Ventricle.
Gabel BC, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Thermal properties of contemporary bipolar systems using infrared imaging.
Keshavarzi S, Bolour A, Yarbrough C, Mendez K, Behrouzi B, Kasasbeh AS, Levy ML

Giant pericallosal lipoma associated with intractable epilepsy in a child.
Rao K, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Giant suprasellar arachnoid cyst presenting with precocious puberty.
Rao K, Levy ML, Crawford JR

A diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma in a neonate diagnosed by MRI.
Gabel BC, Yoon J, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Targeting sonic hedgehog-associated medulloblastoma through inhibition of Aurora and Polo-like kinases.
Markant SL, Esparza LA, Sun J, Barton KL, McCoig LM, Grant GA, Crawford JR, Levy ML, Northcott PA, Shih D, Remke M, Taylor MD, Wechsler-Reya RJ

Ring-enhancing pontine lesion in a young boy.
Gabel BC, Levy ML, Yoon J, Crawford JR

Giant cerebellopontine angle schwannoma in a child.
Gabel BC, Newbury RO, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Giant intracranial calcification associated with new onset focal seizure.
Jankowski PP, Malicki DM, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Spontaneous subdural haemorrhage in a child with bilateral middle cranial fossa arachnoid cysts.
Patel RA, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Lobar haemorrhagic mass in a young girl with neurofibromatosis type 1.
Ceponiene R, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Post-traumatic basal ganglia haemorrhage in a child with primary central nervous system lymphoma.
Jankowski PP, Levy ML, Crawford JR

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