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Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


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, as a pediatric neurosurgery chief, 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 as a health professional and pediatric neurosurgery chief providing treatment and care for children 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, including pediatric surgery.

In 2015, he became the first pediatric neurosurgeon 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 as a pediatric neurosurgery chief, Dr. Levy is actively involved in research for helping provide expert care for children, 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.

An addition to being a pediatric neurosurgeon, 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 as a health professional and taking part in pediatric surgeries, Dr. Levy works with the National Football League as an unaffiliated sideline physician and for the NFL Players Association as a surgical consultant.


Examining barriers to care: a retrospective cohort analysis investigating the relationship between hospital volume and outcomes in pediatric patients with cerebral arteriovenous malformations.
Brandel MG, Gonzalez H, Gonda DD, Levy ML, Smith ER, Lam SK, Couldwell WT, Steinberg J, Ravindra VM

Surgical management of Rathke cleft cysts in pediatric patients: a single institution experience.
Brandel MG, Lin C, Rennert RC, Plonsker JH, Khan UA, Crawford JR, Nation J, Levy ML

Intra-tumoral T cells in pediatric brain tumors display clonal expansion and effector properties.
Upadhye A, Meza Landeros KE, Ramírez-Suástegui C, Schmiedel BJ, Woo E, Chee SJ, Malicki D, Coufal NG, Gonda D, Levy ML, Greenbaum JA, Seumois G, Crawford J, Roberts WD, Schoenberger SP, Cheroutre H, Ottensmeier CH, Vijayanand P, Ganesan AP

Treatment of pediatric intracranial aneurysms: institutional case series and systematic literature review.
Brandel MG, Plonsker JH, Rennert RC, Produturi G, Saripella M, Wali AR, McCann C, Ravindra VM, Santiago-Dieppa DR, Pannell JS, Steinberg JA, Khalessi AA, Levy ML

Special Considerations in Pediatric Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery.
Valencia-Sanchez BA, Kim JD, Zhou S, Chen S, Levy ML, Roxbury C, Patel VA, Polster SP

Numerical flow experiment for assessing predictors for cerebrovascular accidents in patients with PHACES syndrome.
Wiśniewski K, Tyfa Z, Reorowicz P, Brandel MG, Adel T, Obidowski D, Jóźwik K, Levy ML

Pediatric Cerebral Aneurysm.
Levy ML, Levy DM, Manna B

Brachial Plexus Injuries.
Luo TD, Levy ML, Li Z

Circular extrachromosomal DNA promotes tumor heterogeneity in high-risk medulloblastoma.
Chapman OS, Luebeck J, Sridhar S, Wong IT, Dixit D, Wang S, Prasad G, Rajkumar U, Pagadala MS, Larson JD, He BJ, Hung KL, Lange JT, Dehkordi SR, Chandran S, Adam M, Morgan L, Wani S, Tiwari A, Guccione C, Lin Y, Dutta A, Lo YY, Juarez E, Robinson JT, Korshunov A, Michaels JA, Cho YJ, Malicki DM, Coufal NG, Levy ML, Hobbs C, Scheuermann RH, Crawford JR, Pomeroy SL, Rich JN, Zhang X, Chang HY, Dixon JR, Bagchi A, Deshpande AJ, Carter H, Fraenkel E, Mischel PS, Wechsler-Reya RJ, Bafna V, Mesirov JP, Chavez L

Artificial cranial deformation in Tiwanaku, Bolivia.
Narang P, Jandial Z, Aramayo JDB, Crawford J, Levy ML

Anticoagulation for the treatment of septic cerebral venous sinus thrombosis in the setting of pediatric sinogenic and otogenic intracranial infections.
Sutter PA, Anderson MG, Sahyouni R, Plonsker J, Ravindra VM, Gonda DD, Levy ML, Dziugan K, Votoupal M, DeCuypere M, Leclair NK, Angelo SJ, Halloran PJ, Martin JE, Bookland MJ, Michelow IC, McKay L, Hersh DS

Human microglia maturation is underpinned by specific gene regulatory networks.
Han CZ, Li RZ, Hansen E, Trescott S, Fixsen BR, Nguyen CT, Mora CM, Spann NJ, Bennett HR, Poirion O, Buchanan J, Warden AS, Xia B, Schlachetzki JCM, Pasillas MP, Preissl S, Wang A, O'Connor C, Shriram S, Kim R, Schafer D, Ramirez G, Challacombe J, Anavim SA, Johnson A, Gupta M, Glass IA, Birth Defects Research Laboratory, Levy ML, Haim SB, Gonda DD, Laurent L, Hughes JF, Page DC, Blurton-Jones M, Glass CK, Coufal NG

Histology of the Porous Oculomotorius: Relevance to Anterior Skull Base Approaches.
Rennert RC, Goodwill V, Steinberg JA, Fukushima T, Day JD, Khalessi AA, Levy ML

Atypical Molecular Features of Pediatric Tectal Glioma: A Single Institutional Series.
Yakir MJ, Elster JD, Paul MR, Khanna PC, Malicki DM, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Using a Hybrid Approach to Increase the Impact of Medical Response to Natural Disasters.
Levy DM, Kottler JA, Adams JW, Crawford JR, Levy ML

Novel use of nonpenetrating titanium clips for pediatric primary spinal dural closure: A technical note.
Shahrestani S, Brown NJ, Loya J, Patel NA, Gendreau JL, Himstead AS, Pierzchajlo N, Singh R, Sahyouni R, Diaz-Aguilar LD, Rennert RC, Levy ML

The role of methylation profiling in histologically diagnosed neurocytoma: a case series.
Kalawi AZ, Malicki DM, Abdullaev Z, Pratt DW, Quezado M, Aldape K, Elster JD, Paul MR, Khanna PC, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Prognostic factors in diffuse leptomeningeal glioneuronal tumor (DLGNT): a systematic review.
Wiśniewski K, Brandel MG, Gonda DD, Crawford JR, Levy ML

Maturation of the sella turcica and parasellar region: Surgical relevance for anterior skull base approaches in pediatric patients.
Rennert RC, Brandel MG, Steinberg JA, Nation J, Couldwell WT, Fukushima T, Day JD, Khalessi AA, Levy ML

Maturation of the anterior petrous apex: surgical relevance for performance of the middle fossa transpetrosal approach in pediatric patients.
Rennert RC, Brandel MG, Steinberg JA, Gonda DD, Friedman RA, Fukushima T, Day JD, Khalessi AA, Levy ML

Maturation of the internal auditory canal and posterior petrous bone with relevance to lateral and posterolateral skull base approaches.
Rennert RC, Brandel MG, Steinberg JA, Friedman RA, Couldwell WT, Fukushima T, Day JD, Khalessi AA, Levy ML

Microsurgical Resection of a Giant Posterior Fossa Aneurysmal Malformation in a 21-Month-Old.
Rennert RC, Kang KM, Santiago-Dieppa DR, Steinberg JA, Pannell JS, Olson SE, Levy ML

Retraction Note: Tumor necrosis factor overcomes immune evasion in p53-mutant medulloblastoma.
Garancher A, Suzuki H, Haricharan S, Chau LQ, Masihi MB, Rusert JM, Norris PS, Carrette F, Romero MM, Morrissy SA, Skowron P, Cavalli FMG, Farooq H, Ramaswamy V, Jones SJM, Moore RA, Mungall AJ, Ma Y, Thiessen N, Li Y, Morcavallo A, Qi L, Kogiso M, Du Y, Baxter P, Henderson JJ, Crawford JR, Levy ML, Olson JM, Cho YJ, Deshpande AJ, Li XN, Chesler L, Marra MA, Wajant H, Becher OJ, Bradley LM, Ware CF, Taylor MD, Wechsler-Reya RJ

Just Stick a Scope in: Laparoscopic Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Placement in the Pediatric Reoperative Abdomen.
Sykes AG, Sisson WB, Gonda DD, Kling KM, Ignacio RC, Thangarajah H, Bickler SW, Levy ML, Lazar DA

Management of pediatric clival chordoma with extension to the craniocervical junction and occipito-cervical fusion: illustrative case.
Liu MA, Gendreau JL, Loya JJ, Brown NJ, Keith A, Sahyouni R, Abraham ME, Gonda D, Levy ML

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