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Dennis Charles Crawford Ph.D., M.D.

  • (503) 494-4000
    • Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation School of Medicine

Dr. Crawford's research focuses on cartilage regeneration and repair, comparative models of ACL reconstruction, color MRI for cartilage injury detection and repair assessment, allograft tissue for ACL reconstruction and biologic cartilage, postoperative rehabilitation and regional anesthesia for pain control and functional advancement. OHSU faculty research collaborators: Dr. Brian Johnstone, Dr. Jean Louis Horn, Dr. Lynn Marshall, Dr. James Chesnutt, Dr. Ted Vigeland, Dr. Jung Yoo, Dr. Amer Mirza

  • Residency:

    • Orthopaedic Surgery, Brown University, 2000
  • Fellowship:

    • Orthopaedic Trauma, Brown University, 2001
    • Sports Medicine, Shoulder and Knee Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, 2002
  • Certifications:

    • Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2004
    • Board Certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2009

Memberships and associations

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons


  • "Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee : Etiology and Pathogenetic Mechanisms. A Systematic Review." Cartilage  In: , 01.07.2018.
  • "Rehabilitation and Postoperative Management Practices After Osteochondral Allograft Transplants to the Distal Femur : A Report From the Metrics of Osteochondral Allografts (MOCA) Study Group 2016 Survey." Sports Health In: , Vol. 9, No. 6, 01.11.2017, p. 555-563.
  • "Magnetic Resonance Imaging Characterization and Clinical Outcomes after NeoCart Surgical Therapy as a Primary Reparative Treatment for Knee Cartilage Injuries." American Journal of Sports Medicine In: , Vol. 45, No. 4, 01.03.2017, p. 875-883.
  • "Allograft maturation after reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament is dependent on graft parameters in the sagittal plane." Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine  In: , Vol. 5, No. 8, 2325967117719695, 01.01.2017.
  • "Arthroscopic mechanical chondroplasty of the knee is beneficial for treatment of focal cartilage lesions in the absence of concurrent pathology." Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine In: , Vol. 5, No. 5, 2325967117707213, 2017.
  • "Wearable Inertial Sensors Allow for Quantitative Assessment of Shoulder and Elbow Kinematics in a Cadaveric Knee Arthroscopy Model." Arthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery In: , 2017.
  • "A prospective randomized comparison of two distinct allogenic tissue constructs for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction." Knee In: , Vol. 23, No. 6, 01.12.2016, p. 1112-1120.
  • "Fresh Osteochondral Allograft to the Humeral Head for Treatment of an Engaging Reverse Hill-Sachs Lesion : Technical Case Report and Literature Review." Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine In: , Vol. 4, No. 11, 03.11.2016.
  • "Technique for Arthroscopic-Assisted Primary Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Using Doubled Tibialis Anterior Tendon." Arthroscopy Techniques  In: , 28.06.2016.
  • "Character, Incidence, and Predictors of Knee Pain and Activity after Infrapatellar Intramedullary Nailing of an Isolated Tibia Fracture." Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma  In: , Vol. 30, No. 3, 01.03.2016, p. 135-141.
  • "Does Participation in a Randomized Clinical Trial Change Outcomes? An Evaluation of Patients Not Enrolled in the SPRINT Trial." Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma  In: , Vol. 30, No. 3, 01.03.2016, p. 156-161.
  • "Clinical and cost implications of inpatient versus outpatient orthopedic surgeries : A systematic review of the published literature." Orthopedic Reviews  In: , Vol. 7, No. 4, 6177, 30.12.2015, p. 116-121.
  • "Minimally invasive load-sharing implant for medial compartment knee osteoarthritis." Techniques in Orthopaedics In: , Vol. 30, No. 4, 01.12.2015, p. 251-253.
  • "Differentiating Occult Propionibacterium acnes Infection From Aseptic “Biologic” Interference Screw Hydrolysis After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction : Introducing a Novel Culture Protocol for Detecting Low-Virulence Organisms." Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine In: , Vol. 3, No. 10, 23.10.2015.
  • "A unique case of common peroneal nerve entrapment." Orthopedics In: , Vol. 38, No. 7, 01.07.2015, p. e644-e646.
  • "MRI of the shoulder in adults." Instructional course lectures In: , Vol. 64, 2015, p. 75-86.
  • "MRI of the knee in adults." Instructional course lectures In: , Vol. 64, 2015, p. 61-73.
  • "A prospective randomized comparison using MRI of two distinct allogenic tissue constructs for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction." Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine In: , Vol. 3, No. 3, 2015.
  • "An autologous tissue implant, neocart, for treatment of hyaline cartilage injury in the knee." Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics In: , Vol. 24, No. 4, 01.12.2014, p. 264-270.
  • "Factors Predictive of Improved Patient Reported Outcomes Following Distal Femoral Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation." Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine In: , Vol. 2, 03.07.2014.
  • "Temporal in vivo assessment of fresh osteochondral allograft transplants to the distal aspect of the femur by dGEMRIC (delayed gadolinium-enhanced MRI of cartilage) and zonal T2 mapping MRI." Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A In: , Vol. 96, No. 7, 02.04.2014, p. 564-572.
  • "Knee function assessment in patients with meniscus injury : A preliminary study of reproducibility, response to treatment, and correlation with patient-reported questionnaire outcomes." Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine In: , Vol. 2, No. 9, 2014.
  • "Symptomatic bipartite patella : three subtypes, three representative cases." The journal of knee surgery  In: , Vol. 26 Suppl 1, 12.2013.
  • "Post-operative complications following primary ACL reconstruction using allogenic and autogenic soft tissue grafts : Increased relative morbidity risk is associated with increased graft diameter." Knee In: , Vol. 20, No. 6, 12.2013, p. 520-525.
  • "In vivo MRI of fresh stored osteochondral allograft transplantation with delayed gadolinium-enhanced MRI of cartilage : Protocol considerations and recommendations." Magnetic Resonance in Medicine In: , Vol. 69, No. 6, 06.2013, p. 1745-1753.
  • "Reconstruction of a bony Bankart lesion : Best fit based on radius of curvature." American Journal of Sports Medicine  In: , Vol. 41, No. 5, 05.2013, p. 1140-1145.
  • "Prospective, multi-center, pilot study to evaluate symptom relief in patients with medial knee osteoarthritis (OA) treated with the KineSpring® knee implant for load reduction - The SOAR protocol." Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants  In: , Vol. 23, No. 2-3, 2013, p. 161-173.
  • "Signal polarity restoration in a 3D inversion recovery sequence used with delayed gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of cartilage (dGEMRIC)." Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging In: , Vol. 36, No. 5, 11.2012, p. 1248-1255.
  • "NeoCart, an autologous cartilage tissue implant, compared with microfracture for treatment of distal femoral cartilage lesions : An FDA phase-II prospective, randomized clinical trial after two years." Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A In: , Vol. 94, No. 11, 06.06.2012, p. 979-989.
  • "Osseous integration after fresh osteochondral allograft transplantation to the distal femur : A prospective evaluation using computed tomography." Cartilage In: , Vol. 2, No. 4, 10.2011, p. 337-345.

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