Paul Crawford


Colonel, Air Force

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Family Medicine
Director of Medical Education and Director, Clinical Investigations Program
Location: Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV
Research Interests:
Integrative Medicine
Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
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2012--Medical Acupuncture Certification, Helms Medical Institute
2007--Faculty Development Fellowship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
1998-2001--Family Medicine Residency, Eglin AFB, FL
1994-1998--Medical Degree, Penn State College of Medicine
1990-1994--BS with Honors in Animal Bioscience, Penn State University


Colonel (Dr.) Paul F. Crawford, III is the Director of Medical Education, 99th Medical Group, Nellis AFB Nevada. Col Crawford was commissioned through the Health Professions Scholarship Program in 1994 after graduating with Honors from Penn State University. He completed his Doctorate of Medicine degree at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. Dr. Crawford completed residency training in Family Practice at the Eglin Regional Hospital, Eglin, AFB, FL, in 2001 and served as Chief Resident his final year. He is board certified in Family Medicine. He entered graduate medical education in 2004 after serving three years as a full time clinician and completed a family medicine faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2007.
He was selected to be part of a team to stand up a new Family Medicine Residency at Nellis AFB. While Associate Program Director and Program Director, Col Crawford 6 times successfully achieved maximum length program certification from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The Uniformed Services University recognized him with promotion to the academic rank of Full Professor of Family Medicine in 2016 and Outstanding Preceptor Award in 2012. He has presented nationally at many medical conferences, published >50 articles, multiple medical journals, edited for three different national groups, and served on the board of directors for two national organizations. He was awarded the US Air Force Physician Educator of the Year in 2014. He was deployed to 506th Expeditionary Medical Group, Kirkuk, Air Base in 2005/2006 as well as humanitarian missions to Paraguay and Peru.

He has extensive experience with research and publishing, and has authored >50 publications.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Crawford P. Think Acupuncture First. External grant by Acus Foundation through Cooperative Research and Development Agreement.

Crawford P, Moss D, Pickett H. Rapid Extremity Pain Relief by Battlefield Acupuncture After Orthopedic Surgery: A Randomized Clinical Trial. $412,000. (External by DMRDP/FY12 DHP 6.7 program: DMRDP/FY14 DHP 6.7 program

Crawford P, Clauson E. Probiotics for the prevention of upper respiratory tract infections. Am Fam Physician. 2015 Oct 1;92(7):573.

Delgado R, York A, Lee C, Crawford C, Buckenmaier C, Schoomaker E, Crawford P. Assessing the Quality, Efficacy and Effectiveness of the Current Evidence Base of Active, Self-Care Complementary and Integrative Medicine Therapies for the Management of Chronic Pain: A Rapid Evidence Assessment of the Literature. . Pain Med 2014;15(Suppl 1):S9-S20.

Zimmerman EE, Crawford P. Cutaneous cryosurgery. Am Fam Physician. 2012 Dec 15;86(12):1118-1124.

Crawford P, Zimmerman EE. Differentiation and diagnosis of tremor. Am Fam Phys. 2011:83(6);697-702.

Crawford P, Paden S, Park MK. What is the dietary treatment for low HDL cholesterol? J Fam Pract. 2006 Dec;55(12):1076-1078.

Crawford P, Simmons M, Hoock J. What dietary interventions are indicated for migraines? J Fam Pract. 2006 Jan;55(1):62-6.

Deployed to Kirkuk , Iraq in 2005-2006

Awards--STFM New Faculty Scholar, USAF Physician Educator of the Year, ACC Clinical Researcher of the Year x 2, AFSOC Junior clinican of the Year


Crawford P, Thai C, Oberholz J, Clark J, Schievenin J, True M, Hallgren J, Clark J, Sharon D. Assessment of the effeCt of lIfestyle iNtervention plus water-soluble ciNnAMon extract On loweriNg blood glucose in pre-diabetics: A randomized, double-blind, multicenter, placebo controlled TRIAL: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2016;17:9. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-015-1138-7.

Moss DA, Crawford P. Battlefield acupuncture for sore throat: A randomized controlled trial. J Am Board Fam Med 2015;28(6):697-705

Crawford P, Wiltz SA. Participation in the Journey to Life Conversation Map improves hemoglobin A1C, low-density lipoprotein and diastolic blood pressure in patients with diabetes and poor glycemic control. JABFM. J Am Board Fam Med 2015;28(6):767-771.

Nye NS, Carnahan DL, Jackson JC, Covey CJ, Zarzabal LA, Chao SY, Bockhorst AD, Crawford P. Abdominal circumference is superior to BMI in estimating musculoskeletal injury risk. Med Sci Sports Exer. 2014 Oct;46(10):1951-1959.

Crawford P. Effectiveness of cinnamon for lowering hemoglobin A1C in type-2 diabetes: A randomized, controlled trial. J Am Board Fam Med. 2009;22(5):507-512.

Crawford P, Seehusen DA. Scholarly activity in Family Medicine Residency programs: A national survey. Fam Med. 2011:43(5);311-317.

Crownover BK, Crawford P. Areas of concentration increase scholarly activity: A 15-month experience. Fam Med 2008;40(2):87-90.

Crawford P, Kim M. Acupuncture for frequent tension-type headaches. Am Fam Physician. 2016 Aug 1;94(3):Online

Clauson E, Crawford P. What you must know before you recommend a probiotic. J Fam Pract. 2015;64(3):151-155.

Crawford P. “Complementary and Alternative Medicine”. In Domino FJ, et al. (eds) 5-Minute Clinical Consult, 24th ed., Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2016