As a medical student, Dr. Jay Crawford knew that he was destined for a career as an orthopaedic surgeon because of his interest in sports, logic, problem-solving, and biomechanics. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Crawford earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. Following medical school, he completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, where he was the Harrelson Award winner. Dr. Crawford then stayed on at Duke to complete a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery.
After serving for seven years at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Crawford joined KOC in 2008 as a pediatric and adolescent orthopaedic specialist. His special interests include deformities of the extremities and spine, fractures in children and adolescents, minimally invasive advancements in surgery, and athletic injuries of the hip and knee.
A member of several professional medical societies, Dr. Crawford's affiliations include the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the Piedmont Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Crawford has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and is a national speaker on scoliosis and circular external fixation.
In addition to his work at KOC, Dr. Crawford also enjoys developing apps for medical practices and patients. He believes technology is key to improving the healthcare customer experience and the viability of private practices.
Dr. Crawford and his wife Staci, a native Knoxvillian and Webb School graduate, have three children.
Dr. Crawford Recognized by Children's Hospital
Dr. Crawford was recognized by East Tennessee Children's Hospital in December 2011 as the physician who received the most compliments during the previous year. The comments are a compilation received from all sources, including Press Ganey, emails, phone calls, letters and comment cards.
Thanks to my care at KOC, I have full range of motion of all of my fingers and wrist after such an extensive injury and invasive surgery. We are so thankful that Dr. Crawford was assigned to me at Children's. My follow up care has also been top notch. He not only helped me, but a month or so later my big brother ended up with a fracture while playing basketball. We can't recommend Dr. Crawford enough.
– Ethan, Knoxville
Thanks to my care by the beyond talented Dr. Crawford at KOC, I returned to an even better life! Though the story may be forgotten, I was never able to formally thank Dr. Crawford for his care over my severe right ankle injury where 2 bones were fractured with one breaking through my growth plate. This happened in 2016 when I landed on my ankle improperly while playing basketball when I was 14. The injury was traumatic at the time and throughout the process up until Dr. Crawford used his exceptional talent to realign my ankle, giving me a little hope. The recovery was brutal, but eventually I heeded Dr. Crawford's advice and eventually put my trust in his work. With the help of physical therapy and determination I was slowly able to recover beyond Dr. Crawford's and my own expectations. Although he was unsure if would ever walk again, through grit and hard work my ankle has recovered fully and is even more agile than my left now. I'm back to playing basketball even better than before the injury, and it's all thanks to Dr. Crawford's determined work ethic. Not only was he able to save my life from a potentially lethal blood clot, he gave me the ability and courage to walk again and more. So thank you Dr. Crawford, and may you be blessed eternally.
– Christian, Pigeon Forge
Thanks to my care at KOC, I can recommend a great doctor to my mom friends. One of the best bedside manners I have experienced with a doctor and I am great friends with most of my doctors. I would highly recommend him. Extremely knowledgeable and made me feel like my son was his top priority when he was with us.
– Carolyn, Crossville
Thanks to my care at KOC, my daughter can walk without pain in her left foot. She has never felt better. My daughter was born with a condition that caused her to walk on the outside of her foot. This caused her discomfort and she had been in many braces. After seeing Dr. Crawford and proceeding with the surgery, she can walk, run and there is no pain. He is an incredible person!
– Kayla, Knoxville
Even though Dr. John Crawford is an orthopedic surgeon, he specializes in matters of the heart. Almost two decades ago, he repaired our daughter’s ACL injury. She had never had surgery before, so he mended her knee while practically holding our hands. We were shocked when she called us from inside the surgical room ON HIS PERSONAL CELL PHONE. It sounded like there was a party going on in the background, and we breathed a sigh of relief. She hasn’t had a knee problem since. Fourteen years ago, our daughter suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and although she didn’t have a single broken bone, Dr. Crawford helped us evaluate her paralyzed and postured left arm, gently guiding us through safe stretches to regain her mobility. She is thirty-three now, married, and she is a mommy to two of the cutest little boys in the whole world. She still struggles with short term memory, but her mobility has long since returned in her arm. While it’s true Dr. Crawford is a top orthopedic surgeon, I bet you didn’t know how much he knows about hearts.
– June, San Antonio, TX
Thanks to his care at KOC for club feet, my son Mike has played a variety of sports. He started soccer at 3 and played until he was seven. He also played T-ball, baseball and basketball. This summer and fall he took a break from team sports to concentrate on taekwondo. At the age of 8, Mike earned his black belt in TKD. Not only did he have to do the TKD but he had to do sit-ups, push-ups and run a 12 min mile. In September Mike won a medal at a Taekwondo United tournament in Huntsville, Alabama. Thanks for everything Dr. Crawford!
– Darlene, Evansville, Indiana
Thanks to my care at KOC by Dr. Crawford, I can play baseball again! On June 25, 2017, I was pitching in a baseball tournament when my elbow snapped. On July 27, 2017, Dr. Crawford performed surgery to secure the bone in place using a screw. While I was not the best patient (I broke the cast, had it secured, then got it wet and had to have it removed early) I have worked hard to get back to baseball. By early August I was throwing again, and on September 10, 2017, I pitched for the first time since the injury. That's 11 weeks!
– Evan, Lenoir City
Thanks to my care at KOC, I can play basketball, run, and enjoy all my favorite activities! I’m a 12 year old that loves to play basketball, run, hike, and play sports with my friends. Over summer break, I had a very bad trampoline accident and broke my femur. The break was severe and required surgery. I was terrified. Scared that I may never be able to do all the things that I loved again. The thought of having a metal rod in my leg was terrifying. My parents chose Dr. Jay Crawford to perform the surgery on my leg. I am so thankful for the amazing job he did. My recovery time was very short considering that I had a metal rod placed inside my upper leg. Following instructions from Dr. Crawford, I completed my physical therapy and was back on the basketball court and ready for tryouts within 3 months of my surgery! I recently traveled to New York City with my family and was able to walk 10 miles a day to sightsee with no trouble! Thanks to Dr. Crawford, I can do all the things that I love to do. I will always be grateful to him and his staff at KOC for taking such great care of me!
– Reed, Knoxville
B.S., United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
M.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
Transitional Internship, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, TX
Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Began Practice At KOC
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellow, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America