John Crawford, M.D., M.S.


Neuro-Oncology, Neurology


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Board Certifications

Neuro-Oncology, Neurology




Dr. John Crawford is the director of pediatric neuro-oncology and the director of the pediatric neurology fellowship program at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego as well as an associate clinical professor of clinical neurosciences and pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

He graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Master's of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology before earning his medical degree from the same institution. He went on to complete a residency in pediatrics at the University of Southern California/Los Angeles County Hospital. He continued his medical education with a pediatric neurology fellowship at Children's National Medical Center at George Washington University. During this time, he was awarded the NIH K12 Neurological Sciences Academic Development Award and completed three years of clinical and basic science training in neuro-oncology.

Dr. Crawford is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in neurology with special qualification in child neurology and by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties in neuro-oncology.

He is member of the American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society, American Association of Cancer Research and an associate member of Children's Oncology Group, Society for Neuro-Oncology and Professors of Child Neurology.

Dr. Crawford's research interest is neuroimmunological and neurovirological mechanisms of tumor development, progression and potential treatment.


Unusual KRAS missense mutation (p.E63K) in patient with juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma of the tectum.
Chau LQ, Levy ML, Crawford JR

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

Levator palpebrae superioris nuclear palsy in a child with artery of Percheron infarction.
Chau LQ, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in pediatric neuro-oncology: a single institutional experience.
Aghajan Y, Grover I, Gorsi H, Tumblin M, 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

Pineoblastoma in a child with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.
Nguyen L, Crawford JR

Novel KRIT1/CCM1 heterozygous nonsense mutation (c.715 C>T) associated with cerebral and cerebellar cavernous malformations in a paediatric patient.
Chen DY, Crawford JR

Severe vincristine-induced polyneuropathy in a teenager with anaplastic medulloblastoma and undiagnosed Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
Aghajan Y, Yoon JM, Crawford JR

Unilateral facial nerve palsy as an early presenting symptom of relapse in a paediatric patient with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Chiang LY, Crawford JR, Kuo DJ

Spontaneous aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage in a child with multiply recurrent posterior fossa juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma.
Chen DY, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Disseminated pilomyxoid astrocytoma in infancy with novel MUTYH mutation.
Aghajan Y, Levy ML, Newbury RO, Crawford JR

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

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

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

Hodgkin's lymphoma in an adolescent previously treated with surgical resection of third ventricular juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma.
Chen DY, Crawford JR

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

Extensive subdural spinal enhancement mimicking leptomeningeal disease in a young child with posterior fossa tumour following lumbar puncture and surgery.
Wong V, Crawford JR

Clinical isolated syndrome mimicking focal brainstem glioma in a child.
Gabel BC, Yoon J, Crawford JR

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

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

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