Alvin H. Crawford M.D., FACS 2017-2020

*Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery

*University of Cincinnati Medical Center

*Retired Founder Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital

*University of Cincinnati School of Medicine




Alvin H. Crawford, MD, FACS joins UC Health with more than 35 years of clinical experience in diagnosis and treatment in orthopaedics. He is the recently retired founding director of the Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and a renowned expert in spinal deformities and neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder often associated with scoliosis.

He is considered an authority on pediatric orthopaedic conditions and spinal deformities. He has published more than 200 publications, 63 book chapters, authored/co-authored six books and lectured in 38 countries. He is the past president of the Scoliosis Research Society and been recognized in “America’s Best Doctors” since1996.

He received the Daniel Drake Medal, the highest academic honor the University of Cincinnati's College of Medicine bestows.”

Dr. Crawford is seeing patients, performing consultations, second opinions and surgeries. His research will include studying the immediate and long-term complications of pediatric orthopaedic diseases.

As a clinician, he has performed over 27,000 procedures, many of which were to treat scoliosis (an abnormal curvature of the spine). He became one of the nation’s foremost authorities on video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery using multiple small incisions to insert a telescopic mini-cam to release curved spines and insert rods to straighten them. Crawford is considered a leading expert on the management of musculoskeletal problems in children complicated by neurofibromatosis (a genetic condition that can cause tumors).

He is the founding director of the Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children’s and in 2004 was honored with the dedication of the Crawford Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedics and a subsequent chair in spine surgery.

His non-medical activities include being a recently retired corporate director of Ohio National Financial Services, member of the Diversity Advisory Committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Foundation Board of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Diversity Committee of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, AACE group of the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team, Director of Tennis for Charities, life member of the NAACP and a retired captain of the U.S. Navy Medical Corps.

He is currently a lead clarinetist in the Queen City Concert Band, the UC Summer Concert Band and Undercover Big Band, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the UC College Conservatory of Music. His social activities include Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities.

Crawford has been married to Alva Jean Crawford for 55 years. He is father to Alvin (Charlotte) and Carole, and a proud grandfather to Mia, Elle and Uma.


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