Professor John Crown received his medical training at the University College in Dublin. He went on to complete his fellowship training in oncology at Mount Sinai Medical Centre and in hematology/oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre. He then served as assistant professor at Cornell University Medical College and assistant member at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre before joining St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) in 1993.
Professor Crown founded the Clinical Trials Unit at SVUH and developed an inter-institutional program of bi-directional translational breast cancer research in collaboration with Professor Martin Clynes (NICB), Professor Joe Duffy and Dr. Susan Kennedy (SVUH/UCD), and Professor Dennis Slamon (UCLA).
Additionally, Professor Crown co-founded the Irish Clinical Oncology Research Group (ICORG) — now Cancer Trials Ireland — which has 283 members, including 95 per cent of cancer-treating consultants in Ireland.