Heather J. McCrea, M.D., Ph.D.
- Neurological Surgery
pediatric brain tumors, pediatric pituitary tumors, pediatric vascular conditions, moya moya, hydrocephalus, intraventricular and transsphenoidal endoscopy, tethered cord, pediatric spinal tumors, chiari malformation, craniosynostosis, pediatric head trauma/concussion
- Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery
Pediatric neuro-oncology, pediatric high grade glioma (HGG), diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), understanding and developing new treatments for pediatric brain tumors, understanding and targeting the blood brain barrier for improved chemotherapy delivery, intra-arterial delivery of chemotherapy for high grade glioma and DIPG, endoscopic third ventriculostomy/treatment of hydrocephalus, transsphenoidal endoscopy/pituitary surgery in the pediatric population, concussion/traumatic brain injury in athletes and the pediatric population
Dr. Heather McCrea is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and an Attending Physician in Pediatric Neurosurgery at Holtz Children’s Hospital – Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. McCrea graduated from Brown University with honors with an ScB degree in biochemistry. She then received her Doctorate of Medicine and a PhD in Cell Biology from Yale University. She subsequently completed her neurosurgical residency at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. As a resident, Dr. McCrea also had the honor of being selected to attend the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Leadership Development Course for Residents. She then completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery and served as the Shillito Staff Associate at Boston Children’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School.
Dr. McCrea’s practice at the University of Miami is focused on pediatric neurosurgery. She treats the entire range of pediatric neurosurgical conditions, but has developed a particular interest in treating pediatric brain tumors, pediatric vascular conditions including Moya Moya, hydrocephalus, and tethered cord. She also has significant expertise in the use of endoscopy to treat brain and pituitary tumors, hydrocephalus, and craniosynostosis. As part of a multidisciplinary team, Dr. McCrea also treats pediatric patients in the Comprehensive Spina Bifida program at Holtz Children’s Hospital, which addresses everything from neurosurgical and urological treatment to dietary and orthopedic care in one centralized location.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. McCrea is an accomplished researcher with significant basic and translational science contributions, and she has presented her research both nationally and internationally. While in neurosurgical residency at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell she received a prestigious Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) research fellowship grant to support her research on the role of the vasculature in supporting brain tumor growth. She also received a Medical Scientist Training Program Grant from the National Institute of General Medical Science that funded her MD and PhD at Yale University School of Medicine. Her current research focuses on understanding and developing new treatments for pediatric brain tumors, drug delivery across the blood brain barrier, intra-arterial chemotherapy for high grade glioma and diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), and concussion/traumatic brain injury.