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Janet Crow, MD, FAAP


Janet Crow is a Clinical Professor at UC San Diego department of Pediatrics in the division of Academic General Pediatrics.  Dr. Crow is a clinician educator seeing a diverse patient population of infants, children and adolescents through all of their developmental stages. Dr. Crow does this in an Academic Pediatric Clinic where she participates in the outpatient training of medical students and residents. She especially enjoys the relationships with her young patients, and caring for them as they grow and change. This ability to participate and model longitudinal care is invaluable for trainees to see and emulate. Dr. Crow works with her colleagues and pediatric residents to develop quality improvement projects and recently has worked on a project to improve Universal lipid screening for children ages 9-11.  In addition, she enjoys identifying challenging patient cases and collaborating with others to publish these cases.  Her work has been published in Journal of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Clinical Pediatrics, and Survey of Ophthalmology, among others. Dr. Crow is board-certified in General Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is also a member of the Academic Pediatric Association, where she has served on the Executive Education committee as well as chaired the APA Teaching Program Award Committee for a number of years.  At UC San Diego School of Medicine, she serves as a member of the Electives Committee and in her division, she serves on the Education Committee.  Dr. Crow is a member of the Board of Directors for Project MedSend, a foundation that pays educational loans of healthcare professional providing care for underserved populations.


  • Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Biology and Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude-Valedictorian, Mid-America Nazarene College 
  • Medical Degree: University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Residency: Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Special Certifications:  Board Certified, General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

Areas of Interest

  • Effective Teaching Methods of Students and Residents
  • Global Immunization
  • Early Childhood Literacy
  • Challenges in Parenting

Ongoing Projects

  • Resident Continuity Clinic Curriculum Project
    • This project was started by Dr. Crow in 2008 while she was directing the Pediatric Continuity Clinics (2008-2015.) Over the course of this time, she has written and encouraged a number of her colleagues to write dozens of educational modules in General Pediatric topics that are shared with the entire group of residents and continuity preceptors. She continues to contribute to this project which is under the leadership of the current Continuity Clinic Director, Dr. Kim Leek
  • “Feed and Read”
    • This pilot project in conjunction with Reach Out and Read® San Diego will explore ways to encourage parents of infants to incorporate reading with the infant and siblings (if applicable) around the time that the infant is being fed. This will not only increase the number of words heard from birth, but will allow older siblings to feel included rather than excluded when the baby is being fed. The project is being developed currently with plans to launch it in the Fall of 2017.

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • May 2016 Pediatric Academic Society Meeting, Baltimore, MD Leah Kern MD MPH, Eyla Boies MD, Janet Crow MD, Kyung Rhee MD MSc MA, Christine Williams MPH, Sheila Gahagan MD MPH, Baseline data for lipid screening in an academic practice prior to implementation of NHLBI Guidelines (platform presentation by Dr. Kern)
  • Feb. 2015 APA Region IX-X Meetings, Monterey, CA. Co-led workshop on how to develop QI projects in a large Academic Pediatric Office
  • Jan.-Feb. 2014 Resident and Faculty groups at hospitals in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa about Global Immunization (4 times, ~200 people total)


  • Teaches medical students and residents in patient care, journal club and small discussion groups, core MS3 clerkship lectures and cultural competency lectures
  • Continuity Clinic Preceptor
  • Regular Lecturer, UCSD/San Ysidro Family Medicine Residency Pediatric Lectures


  • On-going mentor for a number of children and adolescents from disadvantaged communities in San Diego


  • School of Medicine Electives Committee
  • Academic General Pediatrics Education Committee
  • UCSD Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
    Class for Expectant Mothers and Partners (monthly)
  • EPIC electronic medical records task force for division
  • Perinatal Practices Committee at UCSD Medical Center


  • Member of Board of Directors of Project MedSend (committee leadership roles during most years while serving)
  • Active in local church with multiple leadership roles at local and state level
  • Faculty liaison at clinic staff meetings quarterly to facilitate communication and improve understanding of clinical and teaching mission of an academic practice