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Robert S. Crawford M.D.

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: Surgery
Secondary Appointments: Anesthesiology
Location: UMMC, S10B00
Phone: (410) 328-5840

Personal History:

Dr. Crawford grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador and is fluent in Spanish. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. As an undergraduate, his research focused on protein biochemistry, structural biology and antibody design. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He completed his surgical internship and residency at Wayne State University in Detroit. In the middle of his residency, he completed a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). This was followed by a year of research, also at the MGH, in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Watkins. During that time he also embarked on several clinical research projects under the guidance of Dr. Richard Cambria. After completing his general surgery residency, he returned to Boston for a two-year stint as a clinical fellow in Vascular Surgery at MGH/Harvard Medical School.

Research Interests:

- Lower extremity ischemia reperfusion
- Spinal cord ischemia reperfusion
- Pathophysiology of aortic dissection
- Outcomes research in vascular surgery

Clinical Speciality:

- Aortic Dissection
- Aortic Surgery
- Carotid Surgery
- Peripheral Arterial Disease


Ethyl Pyruvate Prevents ATP Depletion, Ameliorates Inflammation, and Decreases Thrombosis in a Murine Model of Hind-Limb Ischemia and Reperfusion. Robert S. Crawford; Hassan Albadawi; Marvin Atkins; John J. Jones; Mitchell P. Fink and Michael T. Watkins.  Accepted: Journal of Trauma.

Endovascular management (PTA) of patients with critical limb ischemia: Long-Term Results. Mark F. Conrad, MD, Crawford RS, , Lauren Hackney, BS,  Vikram Paruchuri, MD, Virendra I. Patel, MD, Kenneth Rosenfield, MD,  Richard P. Cambria MD. JVS,  In Press.

Long-term outcomes of diabetic patients undergoing endovascular infrainguinal interventions. Abularrage CJ, Conrad MF, Hackney LA, Paruchuri V, Crawford RS, Kwolek CJ, Lamuraglia GM, Cambria RP. J Vasc Surg. 2010 Jun 28.

A Functional Murine Model of Hindlimb Demand Ischemia. Peck MA, Crawford RS, Abularrage CJ, Patel VI, Conrad MF, Yoo JH, Watkins MT, Albadawi H. Ann Vasc Surg. 2010 Apr 1.

Preoperative variables predict persistent type 2 endoleak after EVAR Abularrage CJ, Crawford RS, Conrad MF, Lee H, Kwolek CJ, Cambria RP, LaMuraglia GM. J Vasc Surg. 2010 May 15.

Preoperative Functional Status Predicts Perioperative Outcomes After Infrainguinal Bypass Surgery: an NSQIP Report. Crawford RS, Christopher J. Abularrage, Mark F. Conrad, Todd R. Lancaster, Michael T.  Watkins, Richard P. Cambria and Glenn M. LaMuraglia. J Vasc Surg. 2010 Feb;51(2):351-359.

Postischemic poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibition reduces ischemia reperfusion injury in a hind-limb ischemia model. Crawford RS, Albadawi H, Atkins MD, Jones JE, Yoo HJ, Conrad MF, Austen WG Jr, Watkins MT. Surgery. 2010 Feb 2.

Endovascular Stent Graft Repair of acute catastrophes of the descending thoracic aorta: Multicenter Clinical Trial. Richard P. Cambria, Crawford RS, Jae Cho, Joseph Bavaria, Mark Farber, Anthony Lee, Venkatesh Ramaiah and Christopher Kwolek for the GORE TAG Investigators, J Vasc Surg. 2009 Dec;50(6):1255-64.e1-4..

Carotid Stent Fracture with Recurrent High-Grade Stenosis. Abularrage CJ, Patel VI, Crawford RS,  Kwolek CJ. Ann Vasc Surg. 2009 Sep 11

Diagnostic Strategies for the Persistent Sciatic Artery. Abularrage CJ, Crawford RS, Patel V, Conrad M. Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2009 Jul 29

Persistent Sciatic Artery Aneurysm.Abularrage CJ, Crawford RS, Patel VI, Conrad MF. J Vasc Surg. 2009 Jun 19.

Extracranial infected carotid artery aneurysm. Abularrage CJ, Crawford RS, Durand ML, LaMuraglia GM. J Vasc Surg. 2009, Jun 19.

Aortic Remodeling after Endovascular Repair of Acute Complicated Type B Aortic Dissection. Mark F. Conrad, Crawford RS, Christopher J. Kwolek, David C. Brewster, Thomas J. Brady and Richard P. Cambria. J Vasc Surg 2009, June 2.

Training the next generation of vascular specialists:  Current Status and Future Perspectives. Kwolek CJ and Crawford RS. J Endovasc Ther. 2009 Feb;16 S(1):142-152.

Functional outcome after thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair. Crawford RS, Pedraza JD, Chung TK, Corey M, Conrad MF, Cambria RP. J. Vasc Surg. 2008 Oct;48(4):828-35.

Long-term durability of open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Conrad MF, Crawford RS, Pedraza JD, Brewster DC, LaMuraglia GM, Corey M, Abbara S, Cambria RP. J Vasc Surg. 2007 Oct; 46(4):669-75.

Early discharge after nonoperative management for splenic injuries: increased patient risk caused by late failure? Crawford RS, Tabbara M, Sheridan R, Spaniolas K, Velmahos GC. Surgery. 2007 Sep;142 (3):337-42.

Restenosis after eversion vs. patch closure carotid endarterectomy. Crawford RS, Chung TK, Hodgman T, Pedraza JD, Corey M, Cambria RP. J Vasc Surg. 2007 Jul; 46(1):41-8.

Thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair: a 20-year perspective. Conrad MF, Crawford RS, Davison JK, Cambria RP. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Feb; 83 (2):S856-61; discussion S890-2.

Role of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase during vascular reconstruction. Albadawi H, Crawford RS, Atkins MD, Watkins MT. Vascular. 2006 Nov-Dec; 14 (6):362-5. Review.

A novel model of acute murine hindlimb ischemia. Crawford RS, Hashmi FF, Jones JE, Albadawi H, McCormack M, Eberlin K, Entabi F, Atkins MD, Conrad MF, Austen WG Jr, Watkins MT. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2007 Feb;292(2):H830-7.

Local administration of the Poly ADP-Ribose Polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, PJ34 during hindlimb ischemia modulates skeletal muscle reperfusion injury. Conrad MF, Albadawi H, Stone DH, Crawford RS, Entabi F, Watkins MT. J Surg Res. 2006 Oct;135 (2):233-7.

Pan-American Journal of Trauma, Diagnostic modalities for penetrating abdominal injuries, Charles E. Lucas and Crawford RS, Publication Date: 2004, Volume: 11(2), Pages: 1-6.

Pan-American Journal of Trauma, Discontinuance of resuscitation after injury, Charles E. Lucas and Crawford RS, Publication Date: 2004, Volume: 11(2), Pages: 7-12.

Effect of albumin and Hespan on rodent hepatocyte function after hemorrhagic shock and sepsis. Vlahos AL, Crawford RS, Matthew HT, Ledgerwood AM, Lucas CE. J Trauma. 2005 Sep; 59 (3):583-8.

Prolonged in vivo tumour retention of a human diabody targeting the extracellular domain of human HER2/neu. Adams GP, Schier R, McCall AM, Crawford RS, Wolf EJ, Weiner LM, Marks JD. Br J Cancer. 1998 May;77(9):1405-12.

Isolation of picomolar affinity anti-c-erbB-2 single-chain Fv by molecular evolution of the complementarity determining regions in the center of the antibody binding site. Schier R, McCall A, Adams GP, Marshall KW, Merritt H, Yim M, Crawford RS, Weiner LM, Marks C, Marks JD. J Mol Biol. 1996 Nov 8; 263(4):551-67.