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Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Biographical Overview: Fred A. Crawford, Jr, MD

Fred A. Crawford, Jr., MD

Fred A. Crawford, Jr., M.D. is currently Distinguished University Professor of Surgery.   He was Chairman of the Department of Surgery at MUSC from 1988-2007, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery from 1979-2009, and also served as Senior Associate Dean for Finance of the College of Medicine until July, 2009.  A native of Holly Hill, South Carolina, Crawford received his M.D. degree from Duke University (1967) where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.  His surgical residency was interrupted two years by service in the US Army as a Major including a one-year assignment at the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Vietnam.  Following this, he returned to Duke to complete his general and cardiothoracic surgery residency, and in 1976 moved to Jackson, Mississippi as Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.  He returned to South Carolina in 1979 as Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at MUSC, and was subsequently appointed Chairman of the Department of Surgery.  He was the first recipient of the Horace G. Smithy Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at that institution in 1997.  Throughout his career he maintained a busy clinical practice of adult and pediatric heart surgery.  Under his leadership the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery became nationally recognized.   He served three terms as President of University Medical Associates, the University’s faculty practice plan.   Dr. Crawford served as Chair of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the national credentialing board for certification of thoracic surgeons, on the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery, on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, and has chaired the Joint Council of Thoracic Surgery Education.  Dr. Crawford served as President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) in 2003 and received the AATS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.  He served on the editorial board of The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Surgery News, and as the Editor of Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  He is the author or editor of 18 books or book chapters and has over 245 papers published in peer-reviewed professional journals. He is a recipient of the MUSC Alumni Association Honorary Alumnus Award and the Distinguished Faculty Service Award.  He was presented the Order of the Palmetto, the State of South Carolina’s highest civilian honor for service in 2007.  Dr. Crawford is married to Mary Jane and has two children.  Fred A. Crawford, III, M.D. is a graduate of Duke University and the Medical University of South Carolina and is a cardiologist in Colorado.  Mary Elizabeth, a graduate of Davidson and Harvard, has a private educational consulting firm in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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