David L. Crawford, MD

David L. Crawford, MD

David L. Crawford, MD


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

Dr Crawford applies his minimally invasive training to the majority of his practice when the disease process allows.  Dieases of the esophagus and stomach make up over half of his practice. 

These include GERD/acid reflux, motility disorders of the esophagus, hiatal hernias and benign disease.  Dr Crawford has extensive experience in hernia, adrenal gland and spleen surgery.

His area of special expertise and interest is robotic surgery.   Dr Crawford  has over 15 years of experience with the da Vinci surgical system beginning in 2002 when Peoria Surgical Group was the first private practice group in the nation to purchase the device. 

He has performed over 1000 cases with the robot.  He has published several book chapters and numerous peer reviewed articles on various topics in the field of robotic surgery. 

He travels nationally and internationally lecturing on and teaching robotic surgery. 

Currently his robotic practice includes foregut, colon, solid organ, hernia and biliary disease processes.

He is currently the Director of Robotic Surgery for OSF St. Francis Medical Center and Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP), Peoria, Illinois.


Dr Crawford is a native of Indiana. He has three children. He is actively involved in the community.  He is a staunch supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouting programs.

    Minimally Invasive
    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 (2002-2007)
    Associate Professor Of Clinical Surgery, UICOMP (2007-2015)
    Professor Of Clinical Surgery, UICOMP (2015-Present)
    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
    Outstanding Teaching Award For UICOMP, 2007-2008
    Research Award, Surgery Residency Program UICOMP, 2011
    Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America, 2013
    Presentations & Publications


    A Critical Examination of Robotic General Surgery: A Retrospective Analysis of 14 years of Resident Training 2002-2016. AMA Research Symposium. Baltimore, Maryland, November 9th 2018
    14 Year Analysis of Educating Robotic Surgeons. Lecture at Surgical Education through Simulation session of Festival Internazionale della Robotica, Pisa Italy, September 29th, 2018
    Residents and Robots: The Peoria Curriculum. Lecture at Illinois Surgical Society Fall Meeting, September 16th, 2017
    A Novel Curriculum Framework for Education in Robotic Surgery, Poster presentation at American College of Surgeons, National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Annual Meeting (ACS NSQIP) July 23rd, 2017
    Residents & Robots – Do They Mix?  Invited lecture at The Surgical Experience, Peoria and Beyond.  Surgeons Travel Club, Peoria Illinois, April 17th, 2015
    Robotic Foregut Surgery: Applications and Outcomes. Invited lecture at Robotic Surgery Symposium, Peoria,  Illinois, June 15th, 2013
    Our 10 Year Experience in Training GS Residents with da Vinci: Nissen, Heller and Colon cases. Invited Industry lecture at American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress, Chicago, Illinois, October 3rd, 2012
    Single Incision Robotic Cholecystectomy, Invited lecture at 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting of Illinois Chapter of American College of Surgeons, Peoria, Illinois, May 11, 2012
    Introduction to Robotic Surgery.  Illinois State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists, Peoria, IL, November 6, 2010.
    Robotic Foregut Surgery and Resident Education.  Multispecialty Robotic Surgery Symposium for Primary Care Physicians, East Peoria, IL, November 6, 2010.

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