Dr. Crawford


David L. Crawford, MD

Specialty: Hernia Surgery

About Dr. Crawford


Dr. David Crawford received his undergraduate degree from Hanover College in Indiana, and his doctorate in medicine from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky. He performed his surgical internship and residency at the Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania. Dr. Crawford completed a minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery fellowship program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

Hernia Expertise

As a leader in hernia surgery, Dr. Crawford has performed countless hernia repairs in his career. He is skilled in the latest technology and procedures to correct hiatal, inguinal, incisional, femoral and umbilical hernias, many of which can be performed using laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, techniques. Although Dr. Crawford has extensive experience in hernia repair, he also performs a wide range of general surgical procedures.

He has also published numerous articles and lectured extensively on various hernia subjects. Dr. Crawford is nationally known for his expertise in using the da Vinci robot to perform minimally invasive procedures such as hernia repair and other abdominal surgeries. He is currently the Director of Robotic Surgery for the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP).


Dr. Crawford is a native of Indiana. He and his wife, also a physician, have three children. Actively involved in the community, he is a staunch supporter in the Boy Scouts of America.

  • Sub-Specialties
    Minimally Invasive
  • Education
    MD — University of Louisville School of Medicine, KY
    Internship and Residency — Abington Memorial Hospital, PA
    Fellowship, Minimally Invasive Surgery — Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, CA
  • Academic Appointment
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, UICOMP (1998-2002)
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, UICOMP (2002-Present)
    Chief, Section of Minimal Invasive Surgery, UICOMP (2002-Present)
    Director of Robotic Surgery, UICOMP (2002-Present)
  • Honors
    Teaching Award, Surgery Residency Program, 2006
    Forty Leaders Under Forty, Class of 2002
    Chairman’s Award, Abington Memorial Hospital, 1997
    Resident Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Abington Memorial Hospital, 1997
    Rosenfeld Surgical Scholar, Abington Memorial Hospital, 1996
    Outstanding Laparoscopic Resident, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, 1995-2006
  • Presentations & Publications
    Robotic vs. Laparoscopic Colectomy. (Poster) SAGES Scientific Session. Dallas, TX. April 26-29, 2006.
    Three Years of Robotic Surgery: 109 Cases, One Surgeon. (Poster) SAGES Scientific Session. Dallas, TX. April 26-29, 2006.
    Laparoscopy Identifies Unexpected Groin Hernias. Annual scientific meeting of the Southern California Chapter of The American College of Surgeons, January 16-18, 1998.
    Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair: Technique and Literature Review. UICOMP Surgical Grand Rounds. November 2004.
    Telerobotic Surgery: The Peoria Experience. UICOMP Surgical Grand Rounds. November 2003.
    Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication, The End of GERD? Invited lecture Methodist Medical Center continuing medical education series, Peoria, Illinois, June 15, 2001.