Dr. James Crawford is Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. And Senior Vice President of Laboratory Services for the Northwell Health System.
Jim received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College (1976) and his MD and PhD degrees from Duke University (1982). After interning in Pathology at Duke University medical Center (1982 – 1983), he trained as an Anatomic Pathology resident at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital (1983 – 1987), including a fellowship in Gastrointestinal Pathology and training in 1989 at Royal free Hospital in London as a Liver Pathology Research Fellow.
From 1988 – 1996 he was a faculty member in the Department of Pathology at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, rising to the rank of the Associate Professor and Directory of the Program in Gastrointestinal Pathology at Yale University School of Medicine. He then moved to the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, FL, where for 9 years he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine. He also served 8 years as President of the Faculty Practice Association and as Chair of the College’s Executive Fiscal Advisory Committee. Dr. Crawford is well known as a Liver Pathologist and for his research in hepatobiliary pathophysiology. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Laboratory Investigation, Chair of the Council of Academic Societies of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), President of the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC), and Chair of the Board of Directors of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) “PathPAC” Political Action Committee. He currently is the founding editor of the new APC journal Academic Pathology.
Through both the Association of Pathology Chairs and the College of American Pathologists, DR. Crawford has been heavily involved in advocacy for healthcare. In recent years, he has taken a leading role in advocating for the specialty of Pathology to be part of the next era of “patient-centered” healthcare, particularly with regards to Health Information Technology and the Patient-Centered Medicine Home. That includes being a founding member of Project Santa Fe, which is advancing the concept of Clinical Laboratory 20., as an evidence-based foundation for the value statements of laboratory services in the next era of American health-care.