Dr Crawford received her Bachelor of Science with Honours, from the University of New South Wales in 2004. In 2012, Dr Crawford was awarded Fellowship in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons having completed her Ear, Nose and Throat training in New South Wales. She then went on to undertake a six-month Otolaryngology subspecialty training as a Clinical Fellow in Sleep Surgery and Head and Neck surgery at Wollongong Hospital, under the guidance of Prof Stuart MacKay.
To further advance her career, Dr Crawford travelled overseas to complete further subspecialty training as a Clinical Fellow in Advanced Head and Neck Surgery, Robotic and Reconstructive Surgery at Celebration Health, Orlando, Florida, under the guidance of under Prof J. Scott Magnuson and A/Prof Hilliary White, where she acquired a broad range of advanced surgical skills. During this time, she was trained extensively in the treatment of cancers with robotic surgery by Prof J, Scott Magnuson, one of the pioneers of robotic surgery. During her two-year fellowship, she also trained other surgeons in the use of the robot for cancer and obstructive sleep apnoea surgical treatment.
Dr Crawford is committed to the education and training of ENT surgeons. Upon her return to Australia, she co-initiated and continues to be the co-director of the St Vincent’s Head and Neck Surgery Cadaver Course. She also continues to be a course director for the International Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Course that is held annually in Orlando, Florida. Dr Crawford helped to set this course up when she was on fellowship at Celebration Health in conjunction with Prof J Scott Magnuson, Dr Claudio Vicini and Dr Filippo Montevecchi. It is one of the few hands on sleep apnoea surgery courses worldwide and continues to be a great success in providing training to surgeons from around the world in the surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea.
With an unparalleled passion for teaching and research, Dr Crawford has published extensively on the application of Robotic Surgery in Head and Neck Cancers and regularly participates in educational events worldwide, to train other ENT surgeons in robotic surgical techniques.
She actively advocates for other surgeons as an Executive member for the Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society and an appointed member of the RACS NSW State Committee.