Skip to main content

Kenneth Matthew Crandall, MD

Academic Title:

Clinical Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:


Secondary Appointment(s):




Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-3113


(410) 328-0756

Education and Training

  • 2005 - B.S. Neuobiological Sciences, University of Florida (Summa Cum Laude) 

  • 2009 - M.D. University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (Research Distinction) 

  • 2009-2015 - Resident, Neurosurgery - University of Maryland Medical Center 

  • 2015-2016 - Chief Resident, Neurosurgery - University of Maryland Medical Center

  • 2016-2017 - Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Fellow - University of Miami


Kenneth Crandall, MD, FAANS, FACS is a board-eligible neurosurgeon specializing in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery, brain and spine trauma, and tumors of the nervous system.

Most recently, Dr. Crandall completed a complex and minimally invasive spine surgery fellowship at the University of Miami Department of Neurosurgery under the mentorship of Michael Wang, MD, Allan Levi, MD, Barh Green, MD, and Steven Vanni, MD. Before that, he served as chief resident in neurosurgery at both the University of Maryland Medical Center and the VA Hospital in Baltimore.

Dr. Crandall received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed a neurosurgery residency at University of Maryland Medical Center. His awards include the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, an American Cancer Society summer research fellowship and a U.S. Congressional Award. He was also selected as a "Top Doctor" in the 2018 issue of Baltimore Magazine. In addition to doing research, he has co-authored numerous book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles. Dr. Crandall serves on numerous local and national committees and is a neurotrauma consultant for the National Football League. 

Dr. Crandall sees patients and operates at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore VA, and the University of Maryland St. Joseph's Medical Center.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Spine Tumors, Spinal Cord Tumors, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Spinal Oncology, Deformity, Scoliosis, Degenerative Disease, Spine Trauma, Brain Trauma, Brain Tumors.

Highlighted Publications

  1. Sandberg DI, Crandall KM, Petito CK, Padgett KR, Landrum J, Babino D, He D, Solano J, Gonzalez-Brito M, Kuluz JW. Chemotherapy administration directly into the fourth ventricle in a new piglet model. Laboratory Investigation. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2008 May;1(5):373-80.
  2. Crandall KM, Pacheco-Jacome E, Sandberg DI. Delayed presentation and conservative management of an odontoid basilar synchondrosis fracture in a child. Case report. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2008 May;1(5):402-5.
  3. Sandberg DI, Crandall KM, Koru-Sengul T, Padgett KR, Landrum J, Babino D, Petito CK, Solano J, Gonzalez-Brito M, Kuluz JW. Pharmacokinetic analysis of etoposide distribution after administration directly into the fourth ventricle in a piglet model. J Neurooncol. 2010 Mar;97(1):25-32. Epub 2009 Aug 18.
  4. Sandberg DI, Solano J, Petito CK, Mian A, Mou C, Koru-Sengul T, Gonzalez-Brito M, Padgett KR, Luqman A, Buitrago JC, Alam F, Wilkerson JR, Crandall KM, Kuluz JW. Safety and pharmacokinetic analysis of methotrexate administered directly into the fourth ventricle in a piglet model. J Neurooncol. 2010 Dec;100(3):397-406.
  5. Crandall KM, Rost NS, Sheth KN. Prognosis in intracerebral hemorrhage. Rev Neurol Dis. 2011;8(1-2):23-9.

Additional Publication Citations

  1. Ibrahimi DM, Beaty NB, Crandall KM, Hamilton DK, Sansur CA. A Review of Lumbar Spondylolisthesis. European Musculoskeletal Review, 2011;6(2):110-3
  2. Beaty NB, Diaz C, Crandall K, Sansur C. Penetrating intracranial gunshot wound transecting the right transverse sinus. BMJ Case Rep. 2012 Sep 17;2012.
  3. Chryssikos T, Crandall KM, Sansur CA. Imaging symptomatic bone morphogenetic protein-2-induced heterotopic bone formation within the spinal canal: case report. J Neurosurgery Spine. 2016 Jan 29:1-5.
  4. Ghobrial GM, Wang MY, Green BA, Levene HB, Manzano G, Vanni S, Starke RM, Jimsheleishvili G, Crandall KM, Dididze M, Levi AD. Preoperative skin antisepsis with chlorhexidine gluconate versus povidone-iodine: a prospective analysis of 6959 consecutive spinal surgery patients. J Neurosurgery Spine. (In Press).  
  5. Ghobrial GM, Crandall KM, Lau A, Williams SK, Levi AD. Minimally-invasive direct pars repair with cannulated screws and recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein: case series and literature review. Neurosurgical Focus. (In Press).   

Research Interests

  • Spine Outcomes
  • Spinal Trauma 
  • Spinal Cord Injury 

Clinical Specialty Details

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Revision Surgery 
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Deformity 
  • Spinal Degenerative Disease
  • Spine and Spinal Cord Tumors 
  • Spine Trauma 
  • Traumatic Brain Injury 
  • Pituitary Tumors 
  • Brain Tumors 
  • Chiari Malformations 

Awards and Affiliations

1999                United States Congressional Award, Bronze, For outstanding community service

2003                Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, University of Florida 

2004                University Scholars Research Fellowship, University of Florida

2005                Highest Honors for Thesis, University of Florida

2006                American Cancer Society Research Fellowship

2007                2nd Place – Clinical Science Oral Presentation – ESRF Research Conference

2007                Dedication Award – Laennec Academic Society, University of Miami SOM

2008                Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

2016                Neurosurgical Research and Education Foundation Fellowship Grant

2018                Top Doctor in Baltimore Magazine