Faculty Profile

Robert S. Crawford, MD

Robert S. Crawford, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine






Vascular Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, General Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Dr. Crawford, a native of Guayaquil, Ecuador, is a highly experienced vascular and endovascular surgeon with demonstrated excellence in research, education, and patient care. He trained in vascular and endovascular surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he also completed research and surgical critical care fellowships. Dr. Crawford received his MD degree from the Medical College of Virginia, and was chief administrative general surgery resident at Wayne State University.

Dr. Crawford's major leadership roles prior to Emory included serving as co-director of the Center for Aortic Disease, medical director of the Vascular Surgery Progressive Care Unit, and associate program director of the vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Maryland. He also led the development of the vascular acute care surgery practice at UMC Medical Center.

Dr. Crawford's primary special interest is aortic surgery, particularly aortic dissection. He has published extensively and speaks regularly at national and international conferences.


View Dr. Crawford's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

  • Emory Johns Creek Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory Clinic


  • MD, Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine, Class of 2001

  • General Surgery Internship, Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2001-2002

  • General Surgery Residency, Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2002-2004

  • Research Fellowship, Division of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, 2005-2006

  • Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, 2005-2006

  • General Surgery Senior Residency, Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2006-2008

  • General Surgery Chief Administrative Resident, Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2007-2008

  • Vascular and Endovascular Clinical Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, 2008-2010

Honors and Awards

  • Nursing Excellence Awards: Excellence in a Physician Colleague, Attending Physician Nominee, University of Maryland Medical Center, 2012-2015

  • Deterling Award for Best Overall Paper, 36th Annual Meeting of the New England Society for Vascular Surgery, 2009

  • Emerick Szilagyi Award for Best Vascular Paper, Spring Meeting, Michigan Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, 2007

  • Charles Johnston Award for Best Clinical Paper, Spring Meeting, Detroit Surgical Society, 2007

Current Organizational Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

  • Society for Vascular Surgery

Clinical Interests

  • Vascular surgery

  • Endovascular surgery

  • Vascular trauma

  • Complicated arterial reconstruction

  • Redo surgery

  • Aortic surgery

  • Emergency vascular surgery

Research Interests

  • Aortic dissection

  • Ischemia reperfusion injury