David Flanigan

David Flanigan, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
  • Physician What's this? A physician, or doctor, is extensively trained to diagnose and treat complex medical problems. Often, physicians focus their practice on certain disease categories, treatment methods or patient types. Physicians can diagnose and treat illness, prescribe medication, offer medical consultation and advice, perform surgery and more.

Appointments: (614) 293-3600

About Me

I am an orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship-trained and certified in sports medicine. I specialize in sports-related injuries. More specifically, my practice is primarily focused on the lower extremity injuries and knee injuries (anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, reconstructions and revisions, meniscal injuries, repair and transplantation, multi-ligament injuries, cartilage injuries and restorative procedures, patella instability corrective surgeries, and ligament and tendon tears).

Dealing with knee and sports-related injuries can range from simple to complex. I believe in involving patients with their care, exploring all options to improve their health and returning them to the best condition possible.

I love my job because The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has allowed me to blend my passion for clinical care, research and education all together. Because of this, I believe patients are receiving the best, most up-to-date care in the United States.


  • Director of Cartilage Restoration Program
  • Ohio State Department of Athletics Team Physician
  • Richard O'Connor Award recipient
  • Best Doctor in America 2017

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Knee Dislocation
  • Menisci, Tibial
  • Cartilage
  • Knee Injuries
  • Orthopedics
  • Arthroscopy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Foot Injuries
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Leg Injuries
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Patellar Dislocation
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training


Orthopaedic Surgery
Northwestern University
6/27/1999 - 6/20/2003


University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
8/1/2003 - 7/30/2004

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Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (Subspecialty: Orthopaedic Sports Medicine)

My Department



230 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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  • Overall
    4.7 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.7
  • Listens Carefully 4.8
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.8
  • Knows My Medical History 4.5
  • Shows Respect 4.8
  • Time Spent Together 4.5

42 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2018

Dr Flanagan is amazing. Unfortunately over the last 6 months I've had two knee surgeries performed by Dr. Flanagan. He worked me into the surgery schedule very quickly on both knees. I appreciate his expertise and skill to fix my knees and get me back to wrestling as soon as possible! I didn't see Brooke on this visit but she is also outstanding in helping Dr Flanagan!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2018

Good, short & to the point.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018

Gave thorough explanations. Very personable & down to Earth.

Reviewed on Nov 07, 2018

Dr. Flanigan took x-rays and explained what was going to happen before, during, and after surgery. He listened to me and answered all of my questions.

Reviewed on Nov 06, 2018

Dr. Flanigan was thorough and honest in his assessment. He also provided a few recommended next steps that were "outside" the box which I appreciated. His bedside manner was great and I felt I left more comfortable with my injury.

Reviewed on Nov 04, 2018

I really like Dr. Flanigan and his team. They have been very upfront with me and I have known what to expect. Dr. Flanigan impressed me because he took the time to listen to my initial complaint carefully. At each of my post-operative visits he listened to me. Dr. Flanigan has been positive and encouraging throughout my recovery period.

Reviewed on Oct 07, 2018


Reviewed on Sep 22, 2018

He spends enough time with me to explain everything and isn't rushing out the door. He also explains things in ways I can understand. He seems to really care about his patients and their outcomes.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2018

Dr Flanigan is awesome! He is so smart but doesn't act Superior and always listens to my concerns.

Reviewed on Sep 09, 2018

My visit with Dr. Flanigan was great. He was very proud of my test results and gave me much praise for my hard work!!

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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Flanigan has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • Depuy Mitek, Inc.
  • Smith & Nephew
  • vericel
  • Ceterix Orthopaedics
  • Conmed
  • Histogenics Corporation
  • Moximed, Inc.
  • Zimmer Biomet