David Flanigan

David Flanigan, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
  • Physician

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5
  • 102 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 31 Patient Comments

Insurances We Accept


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.
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2018, 2019
  • 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

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

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA
8/1/1994 - 5/30/1998


Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

6/17/1998 - 6/25/1999


Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

6/27/1999 - 6/20/2003


University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, WI

8/1/2003 - 7/30/2004

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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

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

Academic Information

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The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

102 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.7 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.8 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.8 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.5 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.8 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.5 out of 5
  • Reviewed on May 21, 2021


  • Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

    Dr. Flanigan has always been a good care provider.

  • Reviewed on Mar 08, 2021

    Outstanding clinician and person. Caring.

  • Reviewed on Mar 03, 2021

    He took my issue and pain/dysfunction very seriously and did not dismiss or diminish my issue or make me feel silly.

  • Reviewed on Feb 05, 2021

    The doctor's opinion seemed to be that I need surgery. He didn't seem keen on the idea of physical therapy or other alternatives. The reason he gave me was that the type of injury I have doesn't tend to get better.

  • Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

    No problems. Dr. Flannigan is very polite and very knowledgeable. He explains things so that you can understand them and he takes his time and really listens to you. I really like him and would definitely recommend him to anyone that is having knee problems.

  • Reviewed on Jan 08, 2021

    He always seems to know exactly what's going on and I don't have to remind him. He is always encouraging and just all around great bed side manner!

  • Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

    all good

  • Reviewed on Oct 06, 2020

    Great trust in skill of doctor.

  • Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

    Listened to me and did a very thorough hands on exam which was lacking elsewhere. Was interested in making sure my goal for mobility and future activity was part of his plan.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 11/01/2020, 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
  • Conmed
  • Moximed, Inc.
  • Zimmer Biomet
  • Hyalex Orthopaedics, Inc.
  • KCRN