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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, 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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Atypical Giant Suprasellar Prolactinoma Presenting With Visual Field Changes in the Absence of Symptoms of Hyperprolactinemia.
Sun S, Mo JQ, Levy ML, Crawford J

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

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

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

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

Optimizing international neurosurgical outreach missions: 15-year appraisal of operative skill transfer in Lima, Peru.
Jandial R, Narang P, Brun JD, Levy ML

Palliative endoscopic third ventriculostomy for pediatric primary brain tumors: a single-institution case series.
Rennert RC, Brandel MG, Srinivas S, Prajapati D, Al Jammal OM, Brown NJ, Diaz-Aguilar LD, Elster J, Gonda DD, Crawford JR, Levy ML

Influence of Pediatric Endoscopic Endonasal Skull Base Resections on Midface and Skull Base Development.
Oviedo P, Zamora S, Vinocur D, Levy ML, Nation J

Rotation flap distraction osteogenesis for unicoronal synostosis.
Wong A, Wali AR, Ryba B, Gupta M, Levy ML, Gosman AA

Clinical and Neuroimaging Features of Magnetic Resonance-Guided Stereotactic Laser Ablation for Newly Diagnosed and Recurrent Pediatric Brain Tumors: A Single Institutional Series.
Pehlivan KC, Khanna PC, Elster JD, Paul MR, Levy ML, Crawford JR, Gonda DD

Rare case of BRAF V600E mutant anaplastic pleomorphic xanthroastrocytoma in a 5-year survivor of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Yang JH, Tucker SM, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Pediatric Nasal Chondromesenchymal Tumors: Case Report and Review of the Literature.
Schaerer D, Nation J, Rennert RC, DeConde A, Levy ML

Unusual case of occipital lobe dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumour with GNAi1-BRAF fusion.
Yang JH, Malicki DM, Levy ML, Crawford JR

Arteriovenous malformation surgery in children: the Rady Children's Hospital experience (2002-2019).
Steinberg JA, Brandel MG, Kang KM, Rennert RC, Pannell JS, Olson SE, Gonda DD, Khalessi AA, Levy ML

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