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 (318 Ratings, 29 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 (318 Ratings, 29 Comments)

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Patient Comments

  • Jul 25, 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 18, 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 18, 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 11, 2018

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

  • Jul 11, 2018

    Dr. Crawford and team are excellent!

  • Jul 10, 2018

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

  • Jul 10, 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..

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