David Flanigan

David Flanigan, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
  • Physician

Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics

Accepting new patients
4.7 out of 5
  • 143 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 32 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
  • Named to Castle Connolly's Regional Top Doctors list

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Menisci, Tibial
  • Sports Medicine
  • Foot Injuries
  • Knee Injuries
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Orthopedics
  • Leg Injuries
  • Arthroscopy

Locations Where I Practice

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

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


Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL
6/17/1998 - 6/25/1999


Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL
6/27/1999 - 6/20/2003


University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI
8/1/2003 - 7/30/2004

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery/Sports Medic

Academic Information

My Department


My Division


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.

143 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.7 out of 5
  • Explains Things Carefully
    4.7 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.8 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.7 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.7 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.8 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.7 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

    The orthopedic doctor was pleasent though he needed to explain about my knees more clearly

  • Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024

    Listened to concerns

  • Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024

    Dr Flanagan was awesome. He was personal, asked through questions,listened to my questions and had answers for everything. He is kind and very knowledgeable. He was suggested to my by a friend who is a PT. My experience, all around, was excellent

  • Reviewed on Mar 30, 2024

    Amazing quick concise and caring

  • Reviewed on Mar 26, 2024

    Although I expressed concerns on the outside of the kneel, he focused on the inside ordering an MRI. I hope I can discuss the ligaments or external pain concerns during next visit with the MRI results.

  • Reviewed on Mar 23, 2024

    Dr. Flanigan was great. He explained the process to get my knee stable and was able to get me an ACL brace.

  • Reviewed on Mar 04, 2024

    The best I trust him

  • Reviewed on Feb 06, 2024

    Absolutely amazing experience given the severity of my injury. If I ever injure a knee again I will be coming back to Dr. Flanigan.

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 09/29/2023, 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
  • Hyalex Orthopaedics
  • Moximed

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