Eileen A. Crawford, MD

Harold W. and Helen L. Gehring Early Career Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Director, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program
Area of Practice
Orthopaedic sports medicine, pediatric sports medicine, and knee, shoulder and elbow surgery

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.

Clinical Interests

  • ACL and meniscus tears
  • Patellar instability
  • Cartilage injuries of the knee
  • Osteochondritis dissecans of the knee and elbow
  • Shoulder instability
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Pediatric sports injuries
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee
  • General sports-related injuries

Research Interests

  • 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



  • University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine


  • University of Pennsylvania – Orthopaedic Surgery


  • University of Michigan – Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery


  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine – American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery – American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinic Locations

4008 Ave Maria Drive
Lobby A, Suite 1000
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
7500 Challis Road
Brighton, MI 48116
1540 East Hospital Drive
Floor 3, Reception C
Ann Arbor, MI 48109