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 (215 Ratings, 43 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.

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

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Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (215 Ratings, 43 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

  • Jan 20, 2019

    Cutting edge research and knowledge

  • 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.

  • Jul 19, 2018

    Dr. Crawford appears to be very intelligent, academically and scientifically up to date as well as experienced in what needs to be done for my orthopedic injury. He is a kind man and answered all of my questions without thinking I didn't understand the academic answers. I appreciated that he saw me as a smart, educated woman instead of just a number or someone who needed mansplaining. I believe that he can do the surgery properly. The other resident? doctor in the room appeared to be intimidated by him a bit, but she knew her stuff and she was very smart and a good listener. I did feel that he has some ego (boastful) that he likes to show off, but I understand that he has to in this era of doctor shopping, where someone like me can easily go to a private or boutique provider. I trust that he is on the bleeding edge of the research and keeps up to date on technology and medical advances to help the patients of OHSU. OHSU HR team and execs, please keep him and provide him with the compensation package, travel, lecturing, coaching and educational opportunities necessary to retain him.

  • Jul 18, 2018

    Dr. Crawford is a thoughtful physician who clearly spelled out my various options with the attendant risks and benefits.

  • Jul 12, 2018

    Dr Crawford listens, gives suggestions, and is just a really nice guy !!

  • Jul 12, 2018

    Dr. Crawford and team are excellent!

  • Jul 11, 2018

    I liked that dr Crawford walked in, pulled up my mri's and walked thru the screens, and showed me what he was looking at and answered all my questions..

  • May 13, 2018

    Dr Crawford is great

  • Mar 13, 2018

    Dr. Crawford is the best in town and region. I came to OSHU on purpose to see him.

  • Jan 08, 2018

    dr. Crawford is amazing physician and surgeon to not be happier

  • Nov 20, 2017

    Dr. Crawford was great, as usual, however his resident at the time needs to pay more attention to what is in patient health records. He disregarded the notes and prescribed a medication that was clearly noted as being intolerant. This caused an inconvenience in switching the medication at the last minute.

  • Nov 13, 2017

    post op instructions were not clear and the doctor did not come back to explain to the patient.

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