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Neil R. Crawford, PhD


Neil R. Crawford, PhD
Associate Professor, Spinal Biomechanics Laboratory

Dr. Neil Crawford specializes in research on stability of the spine. He works closely with Barrow staff neurosurgeons, residents, and fellows to study how spinal stability can be affected by injury, disease, and neurosurgical procedures. His current interests include complex kinematics of artificial discs, computer modeling of the spine, and surgical robotics. He has published 12 chapters or review articles and over 90 peer-reviewed papers related to spinal surgery and biomechanics.

Dr. Crawford received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988, his Master of Science degree in Bioengineering from Arizona State University in 1992, and his Doctorate degree in Bioengineering from Arizona State University in 1996. He is a Adjunct Professor in the Harrington Department of Bioengineering at Arizona State University.



Education, Training, and Previous Positions

  • 1996: PhD, Arizona State University, Bioengineering
  • 1992: MS, Arizona State University, Bioengineering
  • 1988: BS, University of California - Berkeley, Chemical Engineering


Selected Professional Memberships and Appointments

  • Member, Editorial Board of Reviewers, Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques
  • Member, Reviewer Board, Spine
  • Member, Editorial Board, The Spine Journal
  • Ad Hoc reviewer, European Spine Journal, Journal of Biomechanics, Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery
  • North American Spine Society


Selected Publications

  1. Crawford NR, Scholz M, Reyes PM, Schleicher P, Brasiliense LB, Sawa AG, Baek S, Marciano FF, Kandziora FM. Biomechanics of one-level anterior cervical discectomy and plating using two screws versus four screws. Spine J. Mar 2011;11(3):234-240.

  2. Crawford NR, Dogan S, Yuksel KZ, Villasana-Ramos O, Soto-Barraza JC, Sawa AG, Porter RW, Marciano FF, Theodore N. In vitro biomechanical analysis of a new lumbar low-profile locking screw-plate construct versus a standard top-loading cantilevered pedicle screw-rod construct: technical report. Neurosurgery. Feb 2010;66(2):E404-406; discussion E406.

  3. Brasiliense LB, Safavi-Abbasi S, Crawford NR, Spetzler RF, Theodore N. The legacy of Hephaestus: the first craniotomy. Neurosurgery. Oct 2010;67(4):881-884; discussion 884.

  4. Agrawal A, Cavalcanti DD, Garcia-Gonzalez U, Chang SW, Crawford NR, Sonntag VK, Spetzler RF, Preul MC. Comparison of extraoral and transoral approaches to the craniocervical junction: morphometric and quantitative analysis. World Neurosurg. Jul 2010;74(1):178-188.   

  5. Crawford NR, Yuksel KZ, Dogan S, Villasana-Ramos O, Soto-Barraza JC, Baek S, Porter RW, Marciano FF, Theodore N. Trajectory analysis and pullout strength of self-centering lumbar pedicle screws. J Neurosurg Spine. May 2009;10(5):486-491.

  6. Sawa AG, Crawford NR. The use of surface strain data and a neural networks solution method to determine lumbar facet joint loads during in vitro spine testing. J Biomech. Aug 28 2008;41(12):2647-2653.

  7. Crawford NR. Does the "hybrid multidirectional test method" generate quality data or paradoxical data? Clinical biomechanics. Aug 2007;22(7):861-862; author reply 863-864.

  8. Crawford NR. Biomechanics of lumbar arthroplasty. Neurosurgery clinics of North America. Oct 2005;16(4):595-602, v.

  9. Crawford NR, Duggal N, Chamberlain RH, Park SC, Sonntag VK, Dickman CA. Unilateral cervical facet dislocation: injury mechanism and biomechanical consequences. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). Sep 1 2002;27(17):1858-1864; discussion 1864.

  10. Crawford NR, Yamaguchi GT, Dickman CA. A new technique for determining 3-D joint angles: the tilt/twist method. Clinical biomechanics. Mar 1999;14(3):153-165.

Complete publications list (.pdf)

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