Dennis Charles CrawfordPh.D., M.D.

  • Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine


  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics and rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine

Special focus on

  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Allograft Transplant
  • Cartilage Repair/Regeneration
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Rotator Cuff Repair

I see patients at


Dennis C. Crawford M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. He has served as Director of Sports Medicine, in the Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation for 10 years and maintains a full-time clinical practice focused on surgical repair and replacement of cartilage, ligament and soft tissue injury around the knee (ACL) and shoulder (rotator cuff). He has a particular interest in Osteochondritis Dissecans, osteochondral defects and revision ACL surgery.

Dr. Crawford received his medical training at Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts where he received a doctorate (PhD) in Biochemistry and his medical degree (MD). This was followed by an Orthopedic Surgery residency at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and followed by dual post graduate Orthopedic Fellowships. After his Orthopedic Trauma & Fracture fellowship at Brown University in 2000, he completed a Sports Medicine, Knee and Shoulder Surgery fellowship at University of California, San Francisco in 2001 before joining the faculty at Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Crawford has published over 60 scholarly articles related to best practices surrounding knee and shoulder sports medicine surgery and cartilage repair. He is, or has been, the lead Principal Investigator on multiple national FDA regulated clinical trials related to cartilage surgery and maintains a particular interest in new frontiers for cartilage repair and tissue regeneration. He is a founding member of the MOCA (Metrics of OsteoChondral Allograft) study group, an active member of the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS), American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Oregon Athletic Association Medical Aspects of Sports Committee. He also enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor explorations of the US Pacific Northwest, particularly stand up paddle and wind surfing.

[Current clinical trial accepting new patients: Evaluation of the Calypso Knee System for Symptom Relief in Subjects with Medial Knee Osteoarthritis]


  • 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


  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships and associations

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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