David Flanigan

David Flanigan, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
  • Physician
4.7 out of 5
  • 289 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 67 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

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

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

University of Iowa College of Medicine

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

Northwestern University

Northwestern University

Academic Information

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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

My Department


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.

289 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 Nov 11, 2019

    Was very impressed with the facilities and all the staff.

  • Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

    Knowledgeable, thorough.

  • Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

    I saw the doctor to try to qualify for a phase 2 study the doctor is running. Any contact I had with his office was solely based on the particular study I was interested in knowing about. I am quite satisfied with the attention to detail and quality of the staff members.

  • Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019


  • Reviewed on Sep 07, 2019

    he explains things so i understand them, always concerned for my health, knows me well to also ask what's going on in my personal life since it does matter in relation to your physical health

  • Reviewed on Sep 04, 2019

    All excellent - got me in quickly, recognized & took care of the problem - FAST.

  • Reviewed on Sep 02, 2019

    very good. insightful. thorough. Brought me into the decision making process.

  • Reviewed on Aug 25, 2019

    He read chart before he came into my room, and then listened to me and actually changed his mind about my needs, from reading my chart.

  • Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

    Was seen on time and all questions were answered.

  • Reviewed on Jul 14, 2019

    very personable, spent a lot of time explaining my condition and why I didn't need surgery at this time

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