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Dr. Braden Criswell, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Professional statement

Braden Criswell is an engaging and dedicated orthopedic surgeon based in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Criswell attended the University of California, Los Angeles for his undergraduate training, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in mathematics and applied science. He earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Criswell also completed a foot and ankle fellowship at Stanford University Hospital. Dr. Criswell’s clinical interests include total joint arthroplasty, sports medicine, trauma, and oncology. He’s had considerable experience treating and managing a wide variety of orthopedic complaints, including congenital orthopedic problems, degenerative diseases, orthopedic trauma, and sport injuries. Dr. Criswell has also researched and published extensively on topics related to orthopedics. Outside of work, Dr. Criswell enjoys golf, chess, sports, card games, fishing, and cooking.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgeon

Practice names

Education and training

  • Medical School - University of Southern California
  • Stanford University Hospital, Fellowship in Foot and Ankle
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Internship)
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Residency in Orthopedic Surgery

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1851568117

Office locations

Risser Orthopaedic Group

2627 E Washington Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107

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Dr. Criswell has an excellent manner and made an unpleasant injection not too uncomfortable. He explained other treatment options and the procedure clearly as he administered the injection. Thanks Dr. Criswell.
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DR. took time to show me x-rays of the surgery of my left shoulder. Described type of implant that was used (metal). Removed stitches and placed steri-strips over scar area. Took time to answer all questions. Explained w.hat I needed to do between now and my next visit
Less than 1 month ago
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Dr. Criswell was very nice and explained everything clearly. He did not seem rushed and took time to answer any questions. A very good experience....
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Dr Criswell seems very knowledgeable and caring. He gave me a steroid injection for the pain in my leg and I'm hoping that will work.
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Dr. Criswell was very personable, knowledgeable, professional and came highly recommended. He took his time with me and explained my diagnosis, what I could expect and how to improve it to the fullest. The office staff were very friendly, helpful and professional as well.
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I appreciated Dr. Criswell took time to show review my Xray and MRI, and discuss my treatment and possible side effects (none really).
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This is my response 13 days later: I was glad that Dr. Criswell recommended the next step for treating my foot-wear a walking boot. But 10 days later no boot, so I called the doctor office and the very next daya boot was delivered to my house. But then I had the boot with no instructions on the best way to wear and use it. Finally, Isha, Dr. Criswell Nurse, called me to answer my questions and give me instructions, today.
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Dr Criswell is and always will be my first in line choice if I should ever need ankle/foot surgery again. In the past, I never did reviews but, after a rather serious health issues, have felt that it is important tovoice my opinions whether positive or negative. the outcome of any surgery has a lot to do with the confidence you have in your surgeon and the attitude you bring into it from the start. In this case, I can say that I am 100% satisfied with Dr Criswell, Aisha and staff here. There was always service with a smile, paperwork and calls returned promptly and accommodations made. I am now back at the gym 6 weeks post surgery and pleased to say that this obstacle has been removed thanks to Dr, Criswell! A high five for Dr. Criswell!!,
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Frustrating, more my physical condition than Dr. Criswell, but not sure he always heard what I was saying.
Less than 6 months ago
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Dr Criswell is happy to answer any questions you have about your X-rays or progress. He takes as much time as you need to be clear and understand your healing process. He is an upbeat person and always makes you feelthat things are not so grim even with a bad leg break that I suffered. He did an excelllent repair on a complicated break. I am very grateful for his skillful surgery!
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Dr. Criswell is a very well-trained orthopedic physician in many types of injuries and seems to be more up to speed on some of the modern medical treatments and utilizes those treatments before recommending surgery. Although, having had anklesurgery due to a bad break, sometimes surgery is necessary to prepare the injury. Dr. Criswell is a very well trained orthopedic physician and I would recommend him highly.
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He performed a surgery on my leg on September 2017 and I couldn't have been happier with the result, no more pain. I saw him today regarding a different and unrelated issue. Great doctor with a lot of patience with his clients.
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You're the best ????
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Excellent, professional, knowledgeable, personable
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My wait times at each visit (there were four) were no more than five minutes. Surprising for a doctor's office nowadays. At each visit, I was given a tablet to go through a list of symptoms and conditions. It seemed abother to do that at each visit. The first and the last (the follow-up appointment after the surgery) would have been sufficient, but it didn't take more than a couple minutes to get through the questions. Having the ability to pay with a credit card using the tablet is fine. Dr. Crisswell is very easy going, listens attentively and was able to bring the explanations of my problems down to my level of understanding. When it was time to start the surgery, he met with me before the procedure and asked if I had any questions. He patiently answered my questions, which helped me stay calm. During the follow-up appt, he patiently explained what he did, showed me photos of the injuries and showed me the finished results. He was thorough and patient. You can't ask for more than that from a doctor.
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Very pleased with Dr. Criswell, MD! The doctor answered all my questions. I felt comfortable and cared for, the doctor did not rush through like some doctors do. VERY PLEASED!!!!
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Less than 1 year ago
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His explanations are logical and he exerts no pressure on the patient as the patient and family carefully deliberate their course of action.
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I appreciate his attentiveness to my wrist, efficiency, professionalism, and honesty. Thank you.
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Very thorough cross-sectional MRI review and explanation of my condition, then recommended a non-surgical treatment. I wish I had seen Dr. Criswell at Risser Orthopaedics first. I highly recommend Dr. Braden Criswell and the staff at RisserOrthopaedics. Huntington Orthopedics fitted me with an oversized cam boot which caused me aches and pain, then after the MRI and review of only one side view image, recommended surgery.
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Dr. Criswell is wonderful! He answered all my questions today! I feel more at ease going into surgery.
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Dr Crishwell has always been very professional and direct. Today's visit was no different. He reviewed my issues and had X-rays and came back and explained issues. He suggested procedures which I agreed to proceed. I have seen him on afew other occassions and follwed through with his directives. This was new issue due to a fall so I have complete confidence in him and will proceed as he has advised.
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The entire experience was excellent. From the time I got there until the time that I left everything was excellent. From the receptionist to the assistants to the Doctor to the X-RAY person to the check-out person. Everyone was great!
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everything went well
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He's such a great doctor! He truly cares. It's always a pleasure to see him, even when I'm going through the most dire circumstances, health wise. Thanks, Dr. Criswell!
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I love Dr. Criswell! He is very brilliant, thorough, and spends a great deal of time with me!
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Dr. Criswell was excellent. I could tell that he truly cared about my problem and I got great vibes from him. He was competent, kind, and professional. I was impressed that they did an x-ray at the start of my appointment,and Dr. Criswell then used that x-ray as it was processed instantaneously. Very convenient how quick that was! I thought I'd have to get an x-ray then come back at a later date.
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Dr. Criswell started to treat before he diagnosed and the treatment actually had other problems (more hurt after). I would have preferred to be diagnosed before treatment. Also, this appointment had to be reschedule on his end, which I understandhappens. But then I had to wait awhile to get seen and since I didn't really have much of a choice as to the time, I was almost late to my next thing.
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They squeezed me in that day and yet it was no longer than15 mins. Dr. Criswell is a warm, gentle young Dr. This was just my second visit and I've already recommended him to 4 of my friends and family members. Kathy D.
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The entire staff was great!! Front office, Dr.Criswell assistant, X-ray techs, tech he removed my hard cast, including Dr.Criswell were all friendly, made it easy for my mom and I to ask questions. I was most happy with my visit.
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All Staff was very nice.
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He was ok, he was gentle giving me a shot in my shoulder
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I broke my ankle, the ER Physician recommended, I call Dr. Criswell immediately. I did, and I was given an appointment that same date. He took more x-rays and recommended surgery. I had surgery, 2 days later. I am amazed ofhow fast he attended to me, how well he explained my injury and the process that I would be going through. He called me!!! after surgery to make sure I was doing well. Now that I have my cast off, I can see the surgery scar. I am very pleased in how well he mended my skin that the scar is healing and becoming less visible. My Neurologist was also impressed of Dr. Criswell's work. I thank him for my speedy recovery, professionalism, and his amazing care. Also I want to acknowledge his Administrative assistant who answer all my questions and returned my calls immediately.
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I went to Dr. Criswell's office with tennis elbow and he knew exactly what it was and knew how to treat the injury so I could get back to my work. He explained everything in detail and he really cares about his patients.
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Dr . Criswell was awesome. I was there with my wife, and he had an immediate solution to her problem. I then asked him about my own knee issue, and without even being signed in, he examined me, ordered x Ray's,and an MRI. My wife and I have a new doctor. Thanks Doc
More than 1 year ago
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Very quick check in procedure with the tablet--just ignore all the ads. I like being able to make my co-payment at the same time using the tablet. Easy. Was called for my appointment just minutes after arriving, and was able tosee Dr. Criswell within 15 minutes, including taking some X-rays first. Great personal attention and very professional office.
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First appt. went well. Dr. Criswell explained options and, after x-rays, agreed to schedule outpatient surgery to remove scab/growth and biopsy, since I had a history of skin cancers and treatment.
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Dr. Braden Criswell is a phenomenal doctor! He has helped me on numerous occasions and I would highly recommend him. He truly cares and always does an excellent job!
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So fortunate to have Dr. Criswell as my physician. He really cares about the patient and is a true professional. Very committed to his profession.
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I thought the visit went well. Dr. Criswell was careful to explain things, discuss medical options, and even answered a couple of questions regarding a different problem than what I was scheduled for. I was very satisfied, despite the long wait.
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Dr Criswell goes above and beyond all expectations. He saved my life repairing catastrophic leg injuries caused in an auto accident. His work was incredible and thanks to his expertise my recovery has been good. The after care he's providedhas been amazing, I'm so grateful and can't recommend him enough.
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I was late about 20 to 30 nminutes, The doctor and his assitant were very nice and professionals. He gave a good explanation of what I had and differents treatments to follow and help me in the decition in the treatment based in his explanations.
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I am very pleased with the surgery that was done on my ankle to remove the screws I know I'm able to wear my shoes and my ankle feels wonderful. I would not hesitate to recommend dr. Criswell he is an excellent doctor.
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Explains my situation well and clearly
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Dr. Criswell not only shows high professional skills, but his friendly ways are greatly appreciated by me.
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Friendly, nice doctor that does a great job of explaining everything!
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The time spent with the Doctor was very shot and the fact that I was never asked or provided with a letter for work was very disappointing. This makes it very inconvenient for me to return back to work without this letter.
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I was his first patient of the day and he was in as bright and cheerful of a mood as when I've seen him later in the day. He is a doctor who seems to actually CARE about the patient. Hetook time to show me and explain my x-rays. I would recommend him without a doubt.
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II was very pleased with my office visit today with Dr Criswell. I would highly recommend Dr. Criswell to anybody in need of orthopedic surgery. I am looking forward to having the pins removed in my right ankle. I will do a review after the procedure.
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