Dr. Mary E. Crawford

Mary CrawfordSince graduating as Valedictorian from Canastota High School, Class of 1981, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Crawford has dedicated her life to the pursuit of knowledge and giving back through educating others. She attributes much of her success and desire to teach, to her parents, Shirley and Jack Crawford, who always encouraged strong academic achievement and demonstrated, through example, the fulfillment educating others can bring to one’s life.

Mary enrolled in her undergraduate studies at Wells College where she took on a double science major in biology and chemistry with a math minor. Following her undergraduate work, Mary pursued her degree as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, part of Temple University in Philadelphia. Mary earned her doctorate in 1988 followed by a surgical residency in foot and ankle surgery in Seattle, Washington.

From there, life seemed to get busier by the day. She went into private practice with her stillCrawford Graduation current business partner of 24 years and now has three additional partners in their growing practice. She also became heavily involved with education at one of the top residency programs in the country, eventually assuming the position of Director of Podiatric Medical Education for several years. This allowed her direct involvement with the education and mentorship of the residence which, in many respects, was one of the highlights of her career.

Mary also married the founder and president of the International Foot and Ankle Foundation for Education and Research, Dr. G. Dock Dockery. When she is not educating the residents, Mary is traveling the country and world educating other physicians on research and surgery of the foot and ankle, frequently traveling up to 30 times a year to speak at various conferences.

Although never a personal aspiration, Mary did become politically involved with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, an organization formed in 1942 and dedicated to the education of foot and ankle surgeons. She became the first female president of the organization in 2009 and made many advances for the foot and ankle surgeon nationally during her tenure. Her passion remains, however, with educating residents and physicians and improving the lives of her patients, and she prides herself on being a lifelong learner.

Mary continues to reside in the Seattle area, and, while medicine and surgery and the education of others more than fulfills her professional life, her personal life is further enriched with the love of her husband and her dog. She also takes time each week to volunteer at the local animal shelter and to travel twice a year for the Yucatan Crippled Children Project in Merida, Mexico. This allows her to give back to those in need, whether two-legged or four-legged, and smile with tears in her eyes as they run towards her, sometimes for the first time – a no greater gift.