David Flanigan

David Flanigan, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
  • Physician
4.7 out of 5
  • 334 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 83 Patient Comments

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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

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

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)

Academic Information

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More About My Work


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.

334 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.7 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 Jul 08, 2020

    Very, very good! Got me better fast!

  • Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

    understands my need to recover and run again

  • Reviewed on Jun 06, 2020

    Always pleasant and good bed-side manner; knowledgeable

  • Reviewed on Jun 04, 2020

    Always good! Always answers my questions and describes issues/procedures/etc. clearly. Makes me feel like I am in good, wise hands, and that he is genuinely concerned for my situation.

  • Reviewed on May 20, 2020

    Dr. Flanigan has done a fantastic job with my care. He is always enthusiastic and caring and has saved my life and I'm so grateful. always a pleasure.

  • Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

    I recommend Dr. Flanigan to my friends/colleagues/patients who need knee surgery- he's a GREAT surgeon! This was my 3rd surgery with him.

  • Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

    He is very knowledgeable and professional. He takes time to listen.

  • Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

    My care provider was very respectful and thorough in regards to explaining my injury and the process of healing it, in addition to what that would mean for my future.

  • Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

    Dr. Flanigan and the doctor/resident with him were both very kind and willing to listen to what I had to say about my past history and how it relates to my current situation. They even said that coming in they were thinking my injury was something different but after considering what I was saying, they agreed with me and changed their minds. That's something I really appreciate because it would've been very easy for them to just go with what they had in mind since they have the training, etc. But knowing they took the time to thoroughly listen to me and take me seriously really helped me feel at ease and appreciative. It turned out I was right and that's why I am thankful because now we can get it fixed quicker.

  • Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

    Love Dr. Flanigan - very professional!

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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 11/21/2019, Dr. Flanigan has reported no relationships with companies or entities.