Eileen A Crawford, MD, FAAOS, FAOA
Henry W and Helen L Gehring Early Career Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
DEI Associate Residency Director
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Available to mentor

Eileen A Crawford, MD, FAAOS, FAOA
Clinical Assistant Professor
  • About
  • Research Overview
  • Recent Publications
  • About

    Dr. Crawford feels privileged to use her knowledge, skills, and experience to help patients recover from injury and pain to return to the activities that bring them happiness and fulfillment.

    She is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty board-certification in Sports Medicine. She completed her fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at the University of Michigan and, after practicing as a community-based orthopaedic surgeon in Delaware, returned to Michigan Medicine as faculty in 2017. She developed a niche in pediatric sports medicine within the division of sports medicine.

    Dr. Crawford is a graduate of Princeton University, where she was a national champion in Women’s Lightweight Rowing. This experience allows her to understand the goals of the competitive athlete in recovering from injury. She understands that patients have varying needs during this recovery process, so she believes that one of her most important tasks is to listen to her patients’ concerns and develop a strategy that works well for each individual. She is a team physician for the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University athletic teams, and she has volunteered as a team medical provider for the US Rowing Team.

    In addition to patient care, Dr. Crawford serves as associate residency program director, a role in which she helps lead the education and training of future orthopaedic surgeons. She also works to shape the future of her profession by serving as chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

    Dr. Crawford currently lives with her family, including her three young daughters, in her husband’s hometown of Chelsea. She cares for patients at Mott Children’s Hospital, Medsport Domino’s Farms, and Brighton Center for Specialty Care.

    Research Overview

    Patellar instability
    Osteochondritis dissecans
    Pediatric athletic injuries involving the shoulder and knee
    Healthcare disparities in Orthopaedic Surgery
    Diversity and gender-related issues in Orthopaedic Surgery training

    Recent Publications See All Publications
    • Journal Article
      Engineered Microenvironmental Cues from Fiber-Reinforced Hydrogel Composites Drive Tenogenesis and Aligned Collagen Deposition.
      Kent RN, Jewett ME, Buck TP, Said M, Hold LA, Crawford EA, Killian ML, Abraham AC, Huang AH, Baker BM. Adv Healthc Mater, 2024 Mar 5; e2400529 DOI:10.1002/adhm.202400529
      PMID: 38441411
    • Journal Article
      Imaging of soccer injuries in adolescent female athletes.
      Babler F, Gaetke-Udager K, Crawford EA, Yablon CM. Skeletal Radiol, 2024 Mar 13; DOI:10.1007/s00256-024-04629-z
      PMID: 38478081
    • Presentation
      Why is Throwing So Hard?”
      Crawford E. 2024 Jan 1;
    • Presentation
      Orthopaedic Surgery: Perspective from Sports Medicine Surgeon and Associate PD
      Crawford EA. 2023 Dec 6;
    • Presentation
      Embracing Your Personal Identity
      Crawford EA. 2023 Nov 2;
    • Journal Article
      Strategies for Combatting Health Disparities in Prioritization Schema for Medically-Necessary Time-Sensitive Orthopaedic Surgeries
      Colomb E, Lapedis CJ, Hallstrom BR, Crawford EA, Smith LB. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 2023 Nov 1; 34 (4): 1479 - 1491. DOI:10.1353/hpu.2023.a912731
    • Presentation
      Chondral and Osteochondral Damage in the Setting of Patellar Instability
      Crawford EA. 2023 Sep 22;
    • Presentation
      American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Women in Arthroplasty / Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS) Mentor Webinar
      Crawford EA. 2023 Sep 12;