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

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Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (244 Ratings, 60 Comments)


  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics and rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine

Special focus on

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


Dennis C. Crawford M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of Sports Medicine and Professor in the Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. He maintains a full-time clinical practice focused on surgical repair and replacement of cartilage, articular and ligamentous soft tissue injury (e.g. rotator cuff, ACL tears, Osteochondritis Dissecans) around the knee and shoulder.   [Current clinical trial accepting new patients: Evaluation of the Calypso Knee System for Symptom Relief in Subjects with Medial Knee Osteoarthritis]

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 before 2 years of additional Orthopedic Fellowship training. Initially an Orthopedic Trauma & Fracture fellowship at Brown University Hospitals in 2000, and subsequently an Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Knee and Shoulder fellowship at University of California, San Francisco in 2001.

Dr. Crawford has published over 50 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, including stand up paddle surfing.

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  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships and associations

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (244 Ratings, 60 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Mar 14, 2019

    Very timely. Much improved interaction from 7 years ago

  • Mar 14, 2019

    He is very knowledgeable with what he does. I know that I am in good hands and will be taken care of.

  • Mar 13, 2019

    It's very good there.

  • Mar 02, 2019

    Procedure went great. The whole day was crystal clear. I was released earlier then anticipated. I am very pleased with the care I was given.

  • Feb 26, 2019

    Dennis Crawford takes the time to have communication with patients very descriptively explaining the severity and importance of what needs to be done not just before and after surgery but during surgery.

  • Feb 24, 2019

    All of my questions were addressed concerning my upcoming shoulder surgery!

  • Feb 22, 2019

    Dr Crawford performed surgery on my rotator cuff 15 years ago. When I received results of an MRI indicating that my rotator cuff was torn, Dr. Crawford is my first choice to operate on me to solve the problem. Dr. Crawford leads the way on shoulder surgery and has for decades.

  • Feb 20, 2019

    Dr. Crawford is a consummate professional. Very approachable and personable orthopedic surgeon.

  • Feb 17, 2019


  • Feb 10, 2019

    Excellent surgery would have liked a conversation with Crawford before being discharged or a phone call the next day. We had questions that where never answered.

  • Feb 03, 2019

    Extremely professional, great bedside manner, thorough and made me feel very comfortable about the surgery that's pending. Thanks.

  • Feb 02, 2019

    Dr. Crawford in the young man associated I can't remember his name came, and they were both very convenient professional very thorough and make sure that I was in full understanding of everything and had friendly smiles on their faces and had just a great mannerism and professionalism, and I really appreciate them and I have the highest degree of confidence in Dr. Crawford in his abilities to operate on me, and I anyhow feeling really good about it because of those 2 people. Thank you.

  • Jan 31, 2019

    The appointment was on time. Dr. Crawford was cordial and explained his rationale for the decision of treatment in a manner we could understand. We asked questions and these were answered well. His resident/intern did a great job of interviewing and all of the staff we met were excellent in their jobs. We did have to wait over 3, nearly 4, weeks for the appointment. Would have had less worry, and ultimately less pain, if we had been able to have an earlier appointment.

  • Jan 31, 2019

    Good bedside manner, knowledgable

  • Jan 26, 2019

    Dr Crawford was very clear in detailing the procedure and on the day of the surgery was also very positive and encouraging.

  • Jan 20, 2019

    Cutting edge research and knowledge

  • Jan 20, 2019

    I had a really good experience which answered all my questions and treated me fairly. All in all I have pretty high hopes for the surgery going successful. He seems like a more than adequate Dr.

  • Jan 18, 2019

    Pleasant and informative. I got my questions answered about a potential implant in my knee. It was explained to me and I haven’t felt any pressure to participate in the research study.

  • Dec 04, 2018

    Very good

  • Nov 19, 2018

    he had a plan that would allow less pain for continued use of my left arm

  • Nov 16, 2018

    Dr. Crawford is always very professional as well as very knowledgeable and we are very thankful for his services.

  • Nov 11, 2018

    Good bedside manner, down to earth and realistic about expectations from surgery. Laid out all my options and supported the one I chose. Dr Crawford was also extremely helpful to accommodate a timing request the day before my surgery. I would not hesitate to recommend him.

  • Oct 26, 2018

    Dr. Crawford is amazing. I recommend him to anyone needing knee surgery!

  • Oct 12, 2018

    ACL surgery went great. My pain was completely managed and I recovered far quicker than I ever expected.

  • Oct 12, 2018

    Good bed side manner. I did not wait long before being seen.

  • Oct 07, 2018

    Everyone was informative, professional and friendly.

  • Oct 03, 2018

    All the staff were quite nice and helpful - from reception, to the nurses, anesthesiologists, and surgical crew - they all spoke with me, answered questions i had and made the experience as pleasant as they could.

  • Oct 02, 2018

    Very brief meeting with me after surgery. I was not fully awake. Dr. Crawford did speak with my wife, however.There was some difficulty confirming that there was proper transfer authorization the morning of surgery, although I have been informed that surgery was approved the night before this was not communicated to the surgical staff.

  • Sep 28, 2018

    Dr. Crawford is terrific!

  • Sep 27, 2018

    Organised, professional and straight to the point. They know what they are doing- simple as!

  • Sep 20, 2018

    He is very helpful in ensuring I understood the problems and what was necessary to correct.

  • Sep 20, 2018

    Besides him telling me over and over how fat I am, everything else was okay. He is very rude.

  • Sep 20, 2018

    Dr. D. Crawford is great, I would recommend him

  • Sep 19, 2018


  • Sep 13, 2018

    Was very helpful in asking what I wanted from my appointment. He provided me with good information, but also didn't pretend to know things he didn't, and knew when to refer me to another provider or colleague who might better serve my needs.

  • Sep 12, 2018

    Dr. Crawford does not sugar coat anything and I prefer that in a doctor.

  • Sep 12, 2018

    Dr Crawford is awesome! So easy to talk to, listens to me and always encouraging

  • Sep 07, 2018

    Dennis Crawford is very professional, knows exactly what he's doing and talking about, and definitely makes you feel like you're going to be ok even if you're nervous and he's always able to answer every question he has.

  • Sep 06, 2018

    so far everything has gone as explained.

  • Aug 23, 2018

    Dr. Crawford is one of the most thorough doctors that we have ever seen and honestly, a gift to our family because he has helped take care of our son and I am eternally grateful, so go Dr. Crawford. Woot woot.

  • Aug 22, 2018

    I saw se crawfford today he was amazing and told me my diagnosis in a very easy way to understand he?s the best

  • Aug 16, 2018

    Expert in this field, cares about my progress and goals.

  • Aug 16, 2018

    He did a wonderful job and explained things very thoroughly. Made it very clear as to what my condition was.

  • Aug 15, 2018

    Dr. Crawford was short and to the point, but very friendly and open to answer any questions I might have about my procedure. I felt fully confident I'd have good results with him running the show.

  • Aug 14, 2018

    Best doctor I have seen

  • Jul 26, 2018

    Dr Crawford was clear, concise, and understood my active lifestyle and is working towards a plan such that I can maintain it as long as possible.

  • Jul 24, 2018

    Exceptional professionalism and caring and extremely competent.

  • Jul 24, 2018

    Excellent the diagnosis was right on

  • Jul 24, 2018

    Dr. Crawford came highly recommended and was a second opinion for me. He was approachable and confident he could help. He gave useful advice as to how to advance my physical therapy until surgery. I left feeling relieved and in control of my healing. It was great to meet a Dr. who cared about me as a patient.

  • Jul 20, 2018

    Dr. Crawford is caring and efficient. He is also quite knowledgeable. I feel like I am finally in good hands. The previous 3 surgeons couldn't or wouldn't help me. I appreciate that he's not pompous. The original surgeon who did my ACL surgery made my husband and I feel like we were beneath him.

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