Dr. Crawford is a recognized leader in the field of dermatology. He is the Regional Medical Director for Pennsylvania at the Schweiger Dermatology Group. He also served for 15 years 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, where he co-directs the contact dermatitis clinic. He is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and he is 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 every year from 2009 through 2019. Dr. Crawford has served in leadership roles in a myriad of local, state and national societies. He was the president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery from 2015 to 2016, and he was president of the Philadelphia Dermatologic Society from 2017 to 2018.
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. The Pennsylvania Centre for Dermatology joined the Schweiger Dermatology Group in August of 2018.
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. His primary area of clinical and research interest involves the interaction between the skin and environmental allergens, laser treatments for rosacea, and treatments for acne scarring. 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.
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’).
IN THE MILITARY
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: https://village1877.org/
PHYSICIAN AND EDUCATOR
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.
OUTSIDE OF WORK
Dr. Crawford spends as much time as possible with his wife Karin, his daughters Emma, Elisabeth, and Alexandra, and their dog 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 vintage automobiles, motorcycles, and pinball machines.