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 (190 Ratings, 41 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 Associate 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.

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.


  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships and associations

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (190 Ratings, 41 Comments)

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Patient Comments

  • 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!

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