Dr. Crum is an Appalachian native who was born and raised in eastern Kentucky, a former coal miner, and now practices in the region. He earned his medical degree form Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at Grandview Medical Center. He is a Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologist, Certified B Reader with Internal Medicine training.
He has been with the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) family for many years and currently holds positions with the Doctor of Medical Science program, Medical Director of the Harrogate Physician Assistant Program, and Adjunct Faculty at DCOM and KYCOM (Pikeville, KY).
His interests include occupational lung disease in which he is credited across the world by identifying the resurgence of complicated black lung in the United States. He continues to work closely with the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH) on many aspects of black lung, including research, screening, and education of miners and their families. He is involved in active research on many of the most important problems affecting miners across the world including Progressive Massive Fibrosis (PMF), etiology of black lung, Diffuse Dust Fibrosis (DDF), and potential treatments.
He has received worldwide recognition for his work with black lung including features on ABC News, HBO Vice News, National Public Radio, and interviews from Japan, Australia, Sweden, and Great Britain. He has received numerous educational awards some of which include DMS Educator of the Year, DMS Service Award, College of Public Health East Tennessee State University Honorary Professor, nominee for Right to Livelihood award. He is currently involved with the University of Kentucky Healthcare, SOAR, and Appalachian Citizens Law in providing protection and education to miners and their families across Appalachia for COVID-19. He has lectured to medical providers across the world including the University of New Mexico echo project, National Coalition of Black Lung Clinics, multiple universities across the U.S., medical schools, and the American Lung Association.