Alvin H. Crawford, MD, FACS

Professor Emeritus

Emeritus, Division of Pediatric Surgery

Phone: 513-636-4785

Fax: 513-636-3928


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Deformities of the immature spine with intervention and instrumentation via video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery; neurofibromatosis; bone tumors; hip disorders


Alvin H. Crawford, MD, one of the nation's foremost authorities on video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery and neurofibromatosis, is the co-director of the Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Since joining the staff of Cincinnati Children's in 1977, Dr. Crawford has completed a teaching module in Pediatric Orthopaedics, which includes a 1000-slide and syllabus packet widely used as a teaching instrument in U.S. residency programs, as well as in 33 other countries.

Dr. Crawford has also co-authored a handbook of Pediatric Orthopaedics for pediatric house officers and primary care physicians, as well as assisted in the development and publication of an atlas on Pediatric Orthopaedic radiology.

Dr. Crawford has authored a monograph on neurofibromatosis in children, a field in which he is considered the leading expert, achieving internationally renowned status. His publications include more than 200 articles and abstracts, six books, and 52 chapters.

Dr. Crawford's multiple visiting professorships, in addition to the United States, include Canada, West Africa, the Middle East (Jordan and Saudi Arabia), Germany, Italy, Denmark, Holland, Sweden, Brazil, Colombia, England, Belgium, Chile, Spain, Argentina and Ireland. He has trained 25 fellows in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Crawford earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Tennessee A and I University in 1960, with a minor in Music. He earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1964.

Education and Training

MD: University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, 1964.

Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, US Naval Hospital, Boston, MA: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.

Fellowships: Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, Carl-Berg International Fellowship; Constructive Surgery of the Hip, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA; Pediatric Orthopaedics, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA; Alfred I. DuPont Institute, Wilmington, DL.

Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.


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