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

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Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (299 Ratings, 105 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 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]

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  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships and associations

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (299 Ratings, 105 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

  • Nov 04, 2019

    My experience was unfortunately very disappointing. Dr. Crawford was quite rude and condescending to both myself and my fiancé. He wouldn’t take the time to answer our questions or listen to our concerns. He ordered X-rays that he never discussed with me, that were not necessary but certainly will cost me. I have worked with many doctors and seen my share as a patient, and my experience with Dr. Crawford was the worst I have had. He may be an excellent surgeon, but he needs to work on treating people with respect and dignity.

  • Nov 02, 2019

    Dr Crawford is friendly, knowledgeable and personable.

  • Nov 01, 2019

    Very open and honest about surgery.Very thorough with immediate post care. Have to see how long term results go

  • Oct 31, 2019

    Dr. Crawford listened to my questions, put me at ease as soon as he entered the room. The last surgeon that I met with I had a TERRIBLE experience with, she was short with her answers and didn't seem to care at all. I was actually afraid if she had to do surgery on me. My mom was with me and said that she was glad that Dr. Andrea Herzka doesn't have work on me. to Which was pretty strange because my mom doesn't say mean things about anybody. As you can tell, she left a pretty ugly impression on us. I can say that I am very comfortable with Dr. Crawford doing surgery on me. He was very positive and professional. I know he will help me. And he was just a nice guy.

  • Oct 24, 2019

    Very welcoming and really wants the best in their patients

  • Oct 18, 2019

    I would always chose OSHU for my medical needs. Sr Crawford and his staff are wins well all everyone I encountered during my procedure.

  • Oct 18, 2019

    Everyone was friendly

  • Oct 17, 2019

    Dr.Explained exactly what He thinks is wrong with my left knee so I could understand He did A great job. Thank you

  • Oct 14, 2019

    Very nice, very understanding and told me what he was going to do

  • Oct 04, 2019

    Very professional, office was nice, explanations clear and new technology.

  • Oct 02, 2019

    Everyone I've dealt with is very professional. Highly recommended.

  • Sep 18, 2019

    I appreciated the to the point/professional approach this provider has.

  • Sep 14, 2019

    My husband and I visited with Dennis Crawford, and he was very helpful and gave us a lot of information that we needed and really feel like he cared about our situation and about me and I feel confident in his hands for the surgery. Thank you.

  • Sep 09, 2019

    my surgery went well; the staff was helphul

  • Sep 09, 2019

    The level of care I have received from Dr. Crawford is exceptional. He and his team are professional, caring and very skilled. I'm extremely happy with my care with Dr. Crawford.

  • Sep 01, 2019

    I got excellent service, especially Dr. Crawford, I think he's not only a surgeon but an artist, probably a sculptor, and I really appreciate his (INAUDIBLE) and his finesse, and this department (INAUDIBLE). OHSU I think they (INAUDIBLE) as far as hospitals, I've been to other hospitals (INAUDIBLE) but anyway I had a good experience and I appreciate they're on the edge of research and probably are supportive of Dr. Crawford's medical research, so I think it's a really good opportunity (INAUDIBLE) available in the community, so thank you very much. Bye bye.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    Dr Crawford did a great job of explaining to my wife what happened in surgery and how to manage my shoulder afterwards.

  • Aug 29, 2019

    Friendly, professional, extremely well-prepared.

  • Aug 28, 2019

    Dr. Crawford was very caring and competent, and answered all the questions I had. I'd highly recommend him to my family and friends.

  • Aug 28, 2019

    excellent comprehension of medical and surgical options for me. Explained issues well.

  • Aug 22, 2019

    This is the first provider who was honest and direct with me.

  • Aug 02, 2019

    Dr. Crawford answered my questions, evaluated my condition and made helpful recommendations for good recovery.

  • Aug 01, 2019

    My experience was very good, Dennis Crawford spent a lot of time answering questions that I had about my me, and also just to get to know me a little bit, so thoroughly enjoyed meeting him, and would recommend to others.

  • Jul 27, 2019

    I'd like to thank Dr. Crawford for his skill and knowledge, after the surgery everything is going well. So I hope that we will continue down the road and then all will be well, alright so far so good. Love you guys. Bye.

  • Jul 25, 2019

    He was professional, gave clear easy to understand descriptions, was respectful to me and my wife. Thank you for the explaining the MRI to us!

  • Jul 24, 2019

    Very positive experience. Super prompt and professional service.

  • Jul 13, 2019

    Great experience, would definitely go back if I ever need to

  • Jul 13, 2019

    Yeah, I just wanted to say that Dr. Crawford and his team and anesthesiologist did a fantastic job and I would definitely recommend your staff and your facility to anyone. It was a very, very good experience for me. I was really stressed out before but after going to the surgery, it's been a wonderful experience, and I just wanted to say thank you and I really appreciate all the help and support that I got from the staff.

  • Jul 12, 2019

    Outstanding care!

  • Jul 11, 2019

    Professional, shows compassion

  • Jul 11, 2019

    Dr. Crawford was fantastic. The most informative and positive doctor appointment I have ever had.

  • Jun 21, 2019

    Everyone was friendly and explained things to me. The only thing I would improve is the wait time.

  • Jun 17, 2019

    Hi. My experience at OHSU with Dr. Crawford for my knee, arthroscopic surgery was perfect. I am pain free after months of being in pain, and the only thing that I didn't get was I didn't get any instructions as to exercises following the surgery, but I'm scheduled to see someone and have the stitches removed or the sutures removed. Thank you.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    I have had 2 surgeries at OHSU and both times have woke up in excruciating pain. I dont know if the staff gets off on watching people in pain. Or if they are just against giving pain medication. I have has surgeries at other hospitals and have never experienced the pain the way I have at OHSU. I hope I never need to have a surgery here ever again.

  • Jun 07, 2019

    Dr. Crawford's, absolutely the best. I wouldn't ... I'm so glad it was him that gave me my surgery. He's a straight shooter. He tells me like it is. He's friendly, he's outgoing. The guy really ... when I leave is office, I really feel like I understand everything he told me and his ... his bedside manner, so to speak, is just to the moon. He's a great guy. He's an awesome doctor and I actually look forward to my visits with him.

  • Jun 06, 2019

    He was very personable and professional. He explained in detail my treatment options. He ask questions as well as gave his expert advice.

  • Jun 04, 2019

    I've had 2 surgeries with Dr. Crawford and was seen by his assistant and I had a great experience. I had amazing care. And I don't really have anything bad to say. I'd like to thank them for what they've done.

  • May 24, 2019

    Dr. Crawford very friendly, extremely knowledgeable and answered all my questions.

  • May 16, 2019

    I was seen quickly and felt like i was given thorough attention

  • May 14, 2019

    kind, efficient ad=nd very professional.

  • May 13, 2019

    I appreciate that Dr. Crawford always explains in full all the options I have for my sports related injury. He listens and cares.

  • May 09, 2019

    Professional, good communication

  • May 04, 2019

    It’s only been two days since my surgery, though so far so good!! Dr. Crawford’s team is diligent, kind, thorough took the best care of me. I was more than comfortable and felt safe and in good hands the entire stint of my stay. I didn’t get to thank You All, so THANK YOU! Dr. Crawford and your amazing team ??

  • Apr 19, 2019

    I am in the process of beginning to file a grievance against DR Crawford regarding the the level of care given during this visit and don’t want to comment further on this survey accept to say that I felt disregarded and ignored when trying to get help and care. I was very dissapointed with the level of care and concern shown to me during this visit.

  • Apr 18, 2019

    Excellent team at OHSU. Great experience from check-in to X-ray and then to Dr. Crawford and Dr. Lee. Extremely efficient and professional. Drs. Crawford and Lee listened and answered all of my questions.

  • Apr 12, 2019

    Conscientious of my time. Apologetic for issues leading to difficulties scheduling

  • Apr 12, 2019

    Dr.Crawford & his PA Sam as well as all surgical staff took great care of me. Going from other Doctors who wouldn't help me at all, to all of the OHSU people who cared about my quality of life more than my age.

  • Apr 06, 2019

    To the point, but patient enough to answer questions. Very pleased

  • Mar 26, 2019

    Dr Crawford explained all aspects of my shoulder surgery & I was provided with writtenInstructions for my part! I will have my visit with Dennis for removal of stitches & a visitWhich Iam looking forward to!Sincerely [Name]

  • Mar 23, 2019

    I received good information regarding my shoulder injury. I got X-rays but they were not shown or discussed with me, that’s the only thing that wasn’t done.