San Diego County

3020 Children's Way
MC 5007
San Digo, CA 92123




Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

University of California Medical Center at San Diego


UC San Diego


University of California San Diego - Pathology


Texas Children's Hospital

Board Certifications

Pathology, Pediatric Pathology




Dr. Denise Malicki is chief of the Division of Pathology at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and a clinical assistant professor of pathology at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Her clinical interests are in the broad practice of pediatric pathology, with special interest in neuropathology and blood banking. Her research efforts are diverse but focused on pediatric brain tumors. Additionally, she enjoys teaching medical staff and students in all aspects of pediatric pathology.

A graduate of the UC San Diego Medical Scientist Training Program, Dr. Malicki completed the UC San Diego Pathology Internship/Residency (Anatomic Pathology/Clinical Pathology program), followed by a pediatric pathology fellowship at Baylor University. She is board certified in anatomic pathology and clinical pathology, as well as pediatric pathology.

When not working, Dr. Malicki enjoys hiking and listening to birds sing.


Improving Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Survival Disparities in the United States-Mexico Border Region: A Cross-Border Initiative Between San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico
Aristizabal P, Burns LP, Kumar NV, Perdomo BP, Rivera-Gomez R, Ornelas MA, Gonda D, Malicki D, Thornburg CD, Roberts W, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Functional Precision Medicine Identifies New Therapeutic Candidates for Medulloblastoma
Rusert JM, Juarez EF, Brabetz S, Jensen J, Garancher A, Chau LQ, Tacheva-Grigorova SK, Wahab S, Udaka YT, Finlay D, Seker-Cin H, Reardon B, Gr?bner S, Serrano J, Ecker J, Qi L, Kogiso M, Du Y, Baxter PA, Henderson JJ, Berens ME, Vuori K, Milde T, Cho YJ, Li XN, Olson JM, Reyes I, Snuderl M, Wong TC, Dimmock DP, Nahas SA,

Malicki D, Crawford JR, Levy ML, Van Allen EM, Pfister SM, Tamayo P, Kool M, Mesirov JP, Wechsler-Reya RJ

Low-grade glioneuronal tumour with novel molecular features associated with unusual partial epilepsy in a child
Lo YY, Malicki DM, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Atypical central neurocytoma with aggressive features in a child
Sun S, Malicki DM, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Unusual extradural chordoma in an adolescent presenting with lumbar radiculopathy
Chau L, Malicki DM, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Rare gain of chromosome 5 in a supratentorial hemispheric paediatric pilomyxoid astrocytoma
Pehlivan KC, Malicki DM, Levy ML, Crawford JR

TPM3-NTRK1 fusion in a pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma presenting with haemorrhage in a child
Pehlivan KC, Malicki DM, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Clinical Impact of Next-generation Sequencing in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Patients: A Single-institutional Experience
Barsan V, Paul M, Gorsi H, Malicki D, Elster J, Kuo D, Crawford J

Recurrent TTN metatranscript-only c.39974-11T>G splice variant associated with autosomal recessive arthrogryposis multiplex congenita and myopathy
Bryen SJ, Ewans L, Pinner J, MacLennan SC, Donkervoort S, Castro D, Topf A, O?Grady G, Cummings B, Chao KR, Weisburd B, Francioli L, Faiz F, Bournazos AM, Hu Y, Malicki DM, Doyle H, Witting N. Vissing J, Claeys KG, Urankar K, Beleza-Meireles A, Baptista J, Ellard S, Majumdar A, Straub V, Bonnemann C, MacArthur DG, Davis MR, Cooper ST

Biallelic loss of GNAS in a patient with pediatric medulloblastoma
T�okita MJ, Nahas S, Briggs B, Malicki DM, Mesirov JP, Reyes IAC, Farnaes L, Levy ML, Kingsmore SF, Dimmock D, Crawford JR, Wechsler-Reya R

Clinical, genetic, and pathologic characterization of FKRP Mexican founder mutation c.1387A>G
Lee AJ, Jones KA, Butterfield RJ, Cox MO, Konersman CG, Grosmann C, Abdenur JE, Boyer M, Beson B, Wang C, Dowling JJ, Gibbons MA, Ballard A, Janas JS, Leshner RT, Donkervoort S, Bonnemann CG, Malicki DM, Weiss RB, Moore SA, Mathews KD

Atypical anaplastic astrocytoma with unique molecular features and diffuse leptomeningeal spread in a child with long-term survival
Aghajan Y, Malicki DM, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Unusual high-grade and low-grade glioma in an infant with PPP1CB-ALK gene fusion
Ng A, Levy ML, Malicki DM, Crawford JR

Atypical central neurocytoma with novel EWSR1-ATF1 fusion and MUTYH mutation detected by next-generation sequencing
Aghajan Y, Malicki DM, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Nivolumab in the Treatment of Recurrent or Refractory Pediatric Brain Tumors: A Single Institutional Experience
Gorsi HS, Malicki DM, Barsan V, Tumblin M, Yeh-Nayre L, Milburn M, Elster JD, Crawford JR

A novel KIF5B-ALK fusion in a child with an atypical central nervous system inflammatory myofibroblastic tumour
Maruggi M, Malicki DM, Levy ML, Crawford JR

A Neurological Disorder of the Thalamus Mimicking Low-Grade Glioma
Longardner K, Malicki D, Crawford J

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