Integrity, Service & Excellence

Dr. Crawford is a recognized leader in the field of dermatology. He serves as the Chief of Dermatology at the Pennsylvania Hospital, the country’s first hospital. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dr. Crawford made the list of the region’s “Top Doctors”, as chosen by his peers and published in Philadelphia Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was recognized in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors. The Compassionate Doctor certification is part of the Patients’ Choice recognition program, where patients rate and vote for their favorite doctors. Dr. Crawford was also listed in 2012 and 2013 Philadelphia Super Doctors. This listing appeared in the Sunday, September 29, 2013 issue of The New York Times Magazine.

The Pennsylvania Centre for Dermatology was founded by Dr. Crawford in 2004 with the core values of integrity, service, and excellence. He believes in providing compassionate, evidence-based, and scientifically-sound medical care to his patients.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Crawford teaches residents, conducts clinical research, and co-directs a regionally recognized specialty clinic in contact dermatitis and patch testing.  He also conducts a clinic specialized in laser treatments and aesthetic dermatology services.   His primary area of research interest involves the interaction between the skin and environmental allergens.  He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and he has lectured widely in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Crawford received his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine. He subsequently completed an internship in General Surgery in Texas while serving as a Captain in the United States Air Force. Dr. Crawford performed his residency training at the University of Pennsylvania, serving his last year as the Chief Resident.

Leadership and service are embedded in Dr. Crawford’s core values since his days as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force.  He has served in a variety of professional society leadership roles through the years including being President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Treasurer of the American Contact Dermatitis Society and Treasurer of the Philadelphia Dermatological Society.

Despite his polished academic credentials, Dr. Crawford believes that education is not represented by dusty diplomas or plaques that hang on a wall. Rather, education is a life-long commitment to learning. You’ll find a plaque prominently displayed in his office that reads, ‘Ancora Imparo’ (’I am still learning’).


After completing his internship training in 1997, performance and good fortune directed Captain Crawford to the duties of Flight Surgeon for a Special Operations unit in the Republic of Korea. He flew throughout the Pacific theatre on helicopter search and rescue, MEDEVAC, and contingency missions along with Special Operations teams from the Navy, Army, and Air Force.

He provided medical care to troops and to civilians on humanitarian missions in such places as Thailand, the Philippines, Guam, and even the Gobi Desert and high steppes of Mongolia. For these efforts, the Air Force provided Captain Crawford with a unique medical and cultural education in addition to naming him the Air Force Special Operations Flight Surgeon of the year for 1999.

While serving in Germany (1999-2001), Captain Crawford participated in missions throughout Europe and Africa, including serving as a public health official during Operation Shining Hope in Kosovo. He also served as the medical coordinator for the Department of Defense Manned Space Flight Support Office for NASA Space Shuttle Operations in Europe and Africa.  He received the Meritorious Service Medal before his honorable discharge in 2001.


As the director of the J.E. Wood Dermatology Clinic at Pennsylvania Hospital (2004 – 2016), Dr. Crawford organized an all-volunteer service for indigent and underserved patients with skin disease.  Dr. Crawford also coordinates the Joan Karnell Cancer Center Skin Screenings held at Pennsylvania Hospital.  Dr. Crawford is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology Leadership Circle for Volunteerism at the Bronze Level, which requires more than 100 hours of dermatology-related community service. 

Dr. Crawford and his wife, Karin, support “the Village” in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. The Rosemont campus is a treatment center for emotionally-troubled children and hurting families.  The Village serves a diverse population with a wide range of ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds.  The counsellors and staff at the Village, work together with children, families and communities impacted by trauma to support healing and resilience, to encourage hope and to empower them to realize their greatest potential.  To learn more, please visit the following website: 


Dr. Crawford is committed to medical education and dedicates countless hours to the instruction and supervision of dermatology residents (the country’s future dermatologists). The dermatology residents at the University of Pennsylvania are among the very best in the country.   He also supervises medicine residents from the Pennsylvania Hospital, visiting dermatologists and residents from foreign institutions, and medical students interested in the field of dermatology. 

Dr. Crawford is immensely proud of his role as a teacher. Residents and students do, at times, participate in the care of patients in our practice. Dr. Crawford believes that this only increases the quality of care delivered at the Pennsylvania Centre for Dermatology.


 Dr. Crawford spends as much time as possible with his wife Karin, his daughters Emma, Elisabeth, and Alexandra, and their dogs Hugger and Thorin.  He has a passion for motorsports, and through the years, he has participated in more than 50 sports car races across the country in various organizations including the Porsche Club of America (PCA), Nataional Autosport Association (NASA), and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).  Dr. Crawford also enjoys restoring automobiles and pinball machines.