Dr. Crookes was raised in northern New Jersey, and received his undergraduate degree in Biophysics from the University of Michigan. He underwent his medical education at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He subsequently completed his residency in General Surgery at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania. He then completed a Trauma and Surgical Care Fellowship at the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Crookes practiced at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he served as the Trauma Medical Director and the Division Chief of the Division of Trauma, Burns, and Critical Care.
Dr. Crookes is board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, and is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and the American Association of the Surgery of Trauma. His research interests include endpoints of resuscitation, traumatic brain injury, and trauma outcomes. His special surgical interests include surgical approaches to traumatic injury, critical care of the traumatically injured, complex abdominal wall reconstruction, and hernia repairs.