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 (276 Ratings, 76 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

4.8 out of 5 (276 Ratings, 76 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

  • 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.

  • 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.