Our Physicians

John J. Crawford, M.D.

Pediatric & Adolescent Specialist


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.

Contact Information

Office Info KOC: 865-558-4400
Appointments: 865-558-4444
Office Location

Old Weisgarber Road
North Knoxville Medical Center Physicians Plaza

Administrative Assistant

865-558-4412 or internal ext 4412

NURSE 865-410-7893 or internal ext 4434


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What patients say about Dr. crawford

  • 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

  • 2008

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Distinctions

  • Fellow, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Fellow, Piedmont Orthopedic Society
  • 2017 ETCH Clinical Care Award

Orthopaedic Specialty

  • Pediatric and Adolescent Surgery