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Qualifications and Experience
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.
Verified Patient Reviews
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 feel that 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!
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 ankle surgery 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.
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.
Excellent, professional, knowledgeable, personable
You're the best ????
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 a bother 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.
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!!!!
His explanations are logical and he exerts no pressure on the patient as the patient and family carefully deliberate their course of action.
I appreciate his attentiveness to my wrist, efficiency, professionalism, and honesty. Thank you.
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 Risser Orthopaedics. 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.
Dr. Criswell is wonderful! He answered all my questions today! I feel more at ease going into surgery.
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 a few 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.
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!
everything went well
I love Dr. Criswell! He is very brilliant, thorough, and spends a great deal of time with me!
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!
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.
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.
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 understand happens. 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.
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.
All Staff was very nice.
He was ok, he was gentle giving me a shot in my shoulder
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.
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
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 of how 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.
Great bedside manner.
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 to see Dr. Criswell within 15 minutes, including taking some X-rays first. Great personal attention and very professional office.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 provided has been amazing, I'm so grateful and can't recommend him enough.
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.
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.
Explains my situation well and clearly
Dr. Criswell not only shows high professional skills, but his friendly ways are greatly appreciated by me.
Friendly, nice doctor that does a great job of explaining everything!
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.
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.
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. He took time to show me and explain my x-rays. I would recommend him without a doubt.
I was examined, x-rayed and treated all within one hour. Dr. Criswell was very thorough and answered all of my questions.
Great - The only reason I had to wait was because I did not have an appointment. I broke my foot and needed to be seen right away, and they squeezed me in. Feel so lucky to have been seen,
Dr. Criswell was professional and knowledgeable and very pleasant. He described everything to me in basic terminology and then provided choices. The whole Risser Group is awesome! Joanne M.
The office staff was very pleasant and squeezed me into the schedule (which was why I did not object to the one-hour wait in the waiting room). The clinical support staff were also pleasant and professional, as was the physician.
Very professional, pleasant environment, staff are very efficient!!
Dr. Criswell, is detail oriented.
Dr. Criswell was very personable and helped me with a shoulder issue that's been ongoing for quite some time. He was able to provide temporary relief until the results of further testing provided more answers.
Would like info prior to visit on parking. It was my first visit to the area and wasn't sure about parking. Would have liked to know if and when I come for a followup visit when necessary, do I still need to go through my primary doctor? Would have liked more discussion of future complications in the future, and what to do if condition becomes worse. Other than that, had a great visit and my pain has been alleviated.
great doctor really tells you whats going on
He's always very professional and informative. The office staff is friendly and professional as usual. I would highly recommend this group for your ailments.
My daughter says Dr. Criswell made her feel very comfortable. He was very nice and took time to listen to her concerns.
This was my first time with Dr. Criswell. I went in because of pain on the bottom of one of my feet. Dr. C. came in, asked me some questions, pressed around my foot to find the exact spots. He was pleasant and professional. Because he found the painful spots and knew the cause and what to do, he did not feel it was necessary to take x-rays. Dr. C. explained what to do, in terms of home exercises and gave me two items to use--one at bedtime and one to put in my shoes. All in all, it was a quick, good experience. I, of course, was relieved that my pain was nothing really serious, as I caught it early.
Was perfect and continues to make me proud to bo a former Risser employee and now happy patient and referral source
Amazing doctor . Took the time to hear me explain my ankle issue and review MRI. Explained everything that he saw in the MRI. Great doctor will definitely go back to him if I have another ankle injury/issue..
Was very satisfied with the overall experience.
Excellent Doctor, he recognized the symptoms, treated the problem and understood my needs. It has been ages since I have come across a doctor that looked at my injuries and didn’t look at my body built to come up with a treatment. I walked- in in pain and walked out with reasonable relief and by the second day I had no pain. Doctor Criswell is truly a great doctor, and I would recommend him to all.
I thought Dr. Criswell was very professional, at the same he was very easy to talk to. Made me feel comfortable. He also took the time to listen to what I had to say. He didn't make me feel like I had to rush. Thank you, Sandy
Thorough and knowledgable- fantastic doc! Highly recommended.
He was very pleasant, answered my questions and encouraged me to discuss the results of the surgery.
Everything went well. Loved the doctor and have always been pleased with the excellent care given
Very professional, friendly staff, doctor explain all procedure and recommendations. They do X-Ray on site, a plus!!!
Dr Criswell has the ability to communicate so that you can understand your problem. He explained my problem, treatment options, and asked if I had questions. I was impressed with the thoroughness of the exam and I left understanding the problem and deciding on a solution that was appropriate for me. He also apologized for the wait time. I was very impressed.
I thought Dr. Criswell was a very professional, cheerful, engaging doctor and that is a rare find these days. I felt immediately comfortable and assured after he explained what the surgery would entail. Thank you Dr. Criswell - you are the best!
Fantastic! You guys have your act together. Whoever is running this place is smart with great business, marketing and customer service skills. Not to mention all the highly qualified physicians. They took me in before my appointment time - I had to let them know "wait I have to finish all this paper work so I came early" :) I ignored my doctors original referral and decided to come here, as I previously had a great experience when I brought my daughter in. Continue the great work... PM
I finally found a doctor that knows what to do and is helping me with my injuries by providing updated technology treatments. I'm very happy to have been referred to this facility and being treated by Dr. Criswell.
Dr Criswell, was very professional and informing about my condition on my knee .
I felt very comfortable talking with Braden and plan to see him again. He explained the procedure I would be folllowing after the surgery and I felt good about it.
He was great. I felt that he really listened and wasn't in a hurry.
Doctor is professional, has a very caring manner, explains symtoms and remedies well. This is my 3-4 office visit and I recommend services. DB
It was a very pleasant experience and the man is one of the most excellent orthopedic doctors that I've ever had the privilege of of doing business with and I have many orthopedic problems and have seen many orthopedist in fact the one problem my right ankle dr. Criswell was the only doctor Who was willing to rebuild my ankle where as three others all wanted just to do the easy way and just use it the man is an excellent surgeon and I hold him in highest regard
He's an excellent doctor. Very happy to have been referred to him.
Dr. Criswell is very knowledgeable, kind, patient and conscientious with his approach for treatment. He listens and engages with ease and understanding, addressing concerns with options and solutions. I highly recommend Dr. Criswell.
Dr. Criswell was very thorough. He spent quality time examining my knee; asking questions; listening to my concerns; and suggesting and explaining his treatment plan. I could not have asked for a more positive experience. I left the Office with contentment and confidence that Dr. Criswell would help me find a solution to manage my pain, once the MRI is authorized and results are available to him.
Doctor Criswell was quick to understand my situation and provide a diagnosis while describing my condition as seen on the x-ray. Kudos.
He was excellent! He took great care to numb the area on my knee prior to withdrawing fluid and injecting the steroid.
Today the appointment was for my teen daughter. He is such a great doctor, great at explaing mri and x rays to a teen, as well as asking her questions. I have been treated by Dr. Criswell as has my mom. I appreciate a doctor who knows what he's doing and is great at explaing to his patients what's wrong, and the options for treatment. Thank you Doc!
Dr Criswell is a standout in both profession and character. Fortunate to have him as my specialist. Dr Criswell is going to have quite a career. Plus the guy genuinely cares!
Very professional and friendly. very comfortable with him. He did my Achilles' tendon surgery and the stitches looked really great not sloppy like I got butchered. Answered all my questions and very attentive good listener and patient. 2 Thumbs up!
Informative-1st visit knowing Dr. Criswell.
It was my first visit. Very informative, questions answered. The staff was very nice and attentive.
Dr. Criswell is the type of doctor you dream of, he knows what needs to be done in the most difficult situations and relays to his patient that your are in the confident hands that will do what will make you more comfortable and speed your recovery.
It very well, answer all my questions.
Dr Croswell was very kind, explained my break, what to expect etc. He listened to my questions and did not rush me.
It was pleasant. He was efficient, answered my questions.
Im very satisfied. He gave me a definite answer to my issues and a plan. Highly recommended!
very accommodating and very professional
DrCriswell was informative, kind and professional.
Great, my condition turned out not to be serious at all but he was very patient with me, listened to my concerns and gave me lots of practical advice.
He was very professional and polite. I'm very afraid of needles near me so when I got a shot in my knee he was very good at keeping my mind off of the needle and kept me talking about my hobbies. After a couple of seconds I realize the needle was in my knee and I didn't feel it. My overall experience was amazing.
The office was well organized, and the wait time was minimal. They documented my issue and took x-rays before the doctor saw me.
Dr. Criswell was very nice and friendly.Was very professional and helpful.
Risser Group staff and doctors are the best!!! Me and my family have been going here for years. I've had experience with Dr. Northrop and Dr. Criswell. They are both very attentive and really seem to care about getting well. High recommend!!
As always, everything perfect, he's the best
Dr Criswell was not only professional in his diagnosis and approach but friendly as well. I liked his genuineness as he talked about family and outside interests. He has quite an impressive medical background as well.
I was pleased with the doctor but the wait was terrible , more than an hour
Follow up appointment went quick!
Listened to my concerns. Provided options in future care. Took time to fully address my concerns and share other sources for more information.
Dr Criswell was very attentive and informative. Addressed all my questions and concerns. He genuinely cares.
very knowledgeable and informative and very easy to talk with. He answered all my questions in a manner I could understand.
I was very pleased with every aspect of my surgical experience with Dr. Criswell, as well as the entire staff. Dr. Criswell's professionalism, expertise in his field and compassion were exceptional. He, as well his surgical and follow-up staff, put me at ease and made every aspect of what started as a traumatic experience much more bearable. I would highly recommend him. BTW, I am a "fraidy cat."
Dr. Criswell is both an excellent surgeon and a warm presence. If you have to deal with a serious injury, you could not get better care.
He's personable and doesn't talk down to me. He adroitly ascertains your level of medical knowledge and speaks to you on that level.
Plenty of time to have all questions answered.
I had a cancelation from my primary Dr and dr Criswell scheduled me and got me everything I needed on the same day. Excellent care
I'm likely the world's biggest frady-cat and have the lowest threshold for pain. Still, Dr. Criswell and his staff made me feel totally at ease during my first post-op appointment.
Wonderful surgeon. Great result.
Dr. Criswell is always a pleasure to see. He is kind, compasionate, and friendly. One is never rushed, but he stays with his patient as long as the patient has questions. I wish all of my Drs. were as capable and friendly as he is.
We love the staff and Dr. Criswell, very friendly answer all of our question. Daughter was in very good hands. Thank you
He was super kind as always! Awesome doctor!
He's great! Knew what the problem was and told me exactly what I needed to do about it. His only concern was my well being.
Very Good. Dr Criswell was very nice and patient with my questions. He explained my problems with plain English.
He was very nice person and gave me full descriptions of my surgery and the treatment after that. I'm happy that I was assigned to him. :)
Dr. Criswell was excellent in treatment of my rare condition. He was the 3rd opinion sought and I'm so glad I saw him and had him do surgery. His bedside manner is wonderful in addition to being at the top of his surgical/diagnostic game. Very patient & thorough explanations of everything. I was nervous about having my foot worked on as a runner but felt so confident in his care.
Very professional and kind. I'm so relived that he's going fix my foot! I highly recommend him.
Dr. Criswell has a very kind manner and is an excellent listener. He is attentive and responsive to concerns and questions. He is also precise and thorough and makes you feel you are most important in thee moment.
Dr Criswelll was very pleasant, competent and listened to my concerns. He made me feel comfortable and answered my questions in a very professional manner. I would definitely come back to the Risser Group if I ever have need for an orthopedic specialist. The office staff was very helpful as well.
Excellent, professional and friendly.
Dr. Criswell is very professional and clearly explained what I was going through. I appreciate the fact that he takes his time with me and does not seem rushed to leave. Finally, he takes the time to greet you with a handshake to make you feel like you are important to him.
You give me encouragement and peace about upcoming surgery. I have perfect trust and confidence being in your hands. I'm thankful for you Dr. Criswell!
He is wonderful. Takes time to explain and put you at ease. Very personable and concerned
He was very kind and helpful.
Dr. Criswell is a very nice young Doctor, the information he related to or problems with my husband's and my feet was excellent, he explain the options we have and hee answer all our questions and concerns. I recently visit the Arcadia Clinic and was extremly dissatisfy with the Dr. that is the only time that happens in my experience with USC Doctors. We were very satisfied with Dr. Criswell, and the help that was given to us from the personnel at the admitting office.
He did both my foot surgeries and if I have to do it again I would call right back to him. Great doctor.
He has a great knowledge of his specialty medical practice. He takes his time with explains options DNS his recommendation.
My first visit went well. Thought he was a very good doctor. Looking forward to next appointment.
It was great I really like him.
Dr. Criswell is the first doctor to recommend that I have an MRI to see exactly what is going on in my foot. I like the way he went through the MRI results with me on the screen and also discussed options. He is the only doctor after all of these years to finally make a correct diagnosis. I have not had "treatment" or surgery by him but I feel that he will continue to give me the best advice for my complex condition. I brought in a lot of research on the condition and he spent the time with me to review it.
This for my follow up appointment after my Achillies Tendon Surgery. Dr. Criswell was on vacation this week and was nice enough to come in during his vacation time and see me. He explained the recovery protocol in details and answered all my questions. I can't say enough great things about Dr. Criswell, highly recommended.
Dr. Criswell is a excellent doctor. He explained my surgery very clearly and took time to answer my questions at each appointment. He did a great job on the surgery itself, as well. I definitely recommend him highly.
Great Doctor, listen to everything I had to say. Gave me all my options and explain them all very well. The amount of time, Dr Criswell spent with me on my first visit was more than my previous Ortho Doctor visit combine. I would recommend him to everyone. Excellent Doctor, he really does care about his patients.
I'd recommend him to friends & family no doubt, he's doing my foot surgery on Jan 5th 2015
I loved my appointment with Dr. Criswell he was super nice and friendly while walking me through my diagnosis of my broken foot. Not sure if he was aware but I was ridiculously nervous because I was afraid but his pleasant demeanor was very calming. Usually, (in my pervious experience at "other" offices) doctors/staff have been dry a very in and out experience but NOT at Risser Orthopedic Group everyone was extremely sweet and helpful :) I highly recommend Dr. Criswell and his practice with flying colors for all your Ortho needs!
Very professional and courteous.
Attentive, I enjoyed my experience at the office.
Fantastic. Very common sense oriented and gave me very good advice. Not in a hurry to try things that could be risky in the long run. Takes age, physical condition and lifestyle into consideration. Great doctor and a great experience.
It was a great experience all the way around. The x-ray was quick and read right on the spot. Thank you
He was great. Listened to my complaint & understood what I needed. I look forward to my speedy recovery following my surgery with him
He is a talented, Doctor, who was great to our 11 year old son. He didn't rush us out, answered all our questions and fixed our sons broken arm. He is a Dr we would highly recommend! If I could give him 10 stars, I would! I can't say enough good things about him.
It was a first time visit to evaluate whether I might have a bone fracture as a result of a fall. X-rays were quickly taken and reviewed and shown to me with an explanation of what I was seeing. The Dr. was friendly, prompt and professional. I was relieved after I left the office.
Excellent. Just need help with a follow-up MRI he prescribed.
He was a great doctor and his staff was also excellent. He was caring, knowledgeable, informative, and made me feel relaxed. I did not have to wait at all and the office was clean and organized. I would and will highly recommend him to everyone I know.
Terrific. I was seen right away, he listened to my specifics, talked me through all the issues and options, and took the time to make sure I understood.