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“My son was injured playing basketball. Did my research and made an appointment with Dr. Bennett…. Explained his technique for repairing [torn ACL], and how he considers the age and sport when deciding the best type of surgery. He doesn’t look at each patient or injury as the same as someone else. I liked that approach. Had no trouble scheduling surgery. His staff were very communicative as was Dr. Bennett. Surgery and rehab went great. I think my son’s knee is better than before. Also, Dr. Bennett gave me his cell and actually called me back on a Sunday evening when I had a question.”

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Craig H. Bennett, M.D., F.A.A.O.S., is the co-founder and medical director of the LifeBridge Health Sports Medicine Institute in Owings Mills, Maryland that was founded in 2018. He also serves as the medical director for Loyola University of Maryland, and as the sports division head of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore’s Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopaedics, which encompasses a residency program initiated in 2020. During the previous 15 years, Dr. Bennett was the head orthopaedic surgeon for the University of Maryland Terrapins and the Chief of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Bennett did his undergraduate work at Brown University, his medical training at the University of California-San Francisco and his orthopaedic residency at Emory University. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Leadership Fellows Program of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Bennett is very involved with teaching and mentoring at a regional and national level. He serves as the medical director of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and as team physician for DeMatha Catholic and St. Timothy’s high schools. As the orthopaedic mentor for the University of Maryland at Baltimore’s CURE program, he provides academic and career guidance for West Baltimore public school students. Dr. Bennett is a preceptor for the Nth Dimension medical student national mentoring program and was the orthopaedic keynote speaker for the National Medical Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting. In 2020 he was a member of the Maryland State COVID return to play taskforce. He is also a member of the medical advisory board for the Jordan McNair Foundation. He is member it the diversity task force of the AOSSM and is a founding partner of the Mid-Atlantic Joint Preservation Society.

The Baltimore Magazine has annually selected Dr. Bennett to their Top Doctors’ List for 2016 through 2021. The Maryland Athletic Training Association selected him as the state team physician of the year in 2019. He is also on the medical consultant list for the NFL and NBA Players’ Associations.

The Baltimore Magazine has annually selected Dr. Bennett to their Top Doctors’ List for 2016 through 2021. The Maryland Athletic Training Association selected him as the state team physician of the year in 2019. He is also on the medical consultant list for the NFL and NBA Players’ Associations.

Cooper McCloud playing football

Testimonial from Kristye, a Patient’s Mother

I just wanted to share with you both [this] photo of Cooper from a previous game. He has been in full beast mode this season, and it's due to your amazing work. Thank you for taking such great care of him during both of his ACL injuries. We are truly blessed to have you in his life.

Photo used with permission of Patrick Blain for


  • Medical Education: University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine: Post Graduate Education and Training
  • Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Center for Sports Medicine: Sports Medicine, Knee and Shoulder Surgery
  • Residency: Emory University: Orthopedic Surgery
  • Undergraduate: Brown University: B.A. Biology

Who Dr. Bennett Treats

  • Any individual reporting a sports injury (acute or chronic)
  • Individuals looking for a consult for a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection or stem cell injection
  • Patients interested in cartilage restoration surgery
  • Collegiate/university athlete referrals
  • Professional athletes to include semi-pro
  • Patients interested in meniscus transplantation
  • Pediatric ACL tears and other ligament tears of any age

Conditions Treated

  • Knee, shoulder, hip, ankle, elbow, foot, wrist injuries
  • Knee ligament tear (any age)
  • Meniscus tear
  • Hip labral tear
  • Shoulder labral tear and rotator cuff tear
  • Clavicle fracture
  • Pectoralis major tear
  • Patella fracture
  • Bicep rupture
  • Achilles rupture/avulsion
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • AC joint sprain
  • Proximal hamstring avulsion
  • Lower extremity stress fractures
  • Patellar/quadriceps tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Elbow lateral epicondylitis & medial epicondylitis
  • Acute ankle fracture (tibia/fibula) that does not go to Trauma
  • Knee osteoarthritis (Physician referrals for patients who are candidates for a partial knee replacement)
  • Post shoulder, knee, ankle, patellar, ankle dislocation evaluation
  • Patellar dislocation/instability
  • Fifth metatarsal fractures (Jones fracture; athletes only)
  • Pediatric knee OCD (Osteochondritis Dissecans) of any age

More Information

  • Certifications
    • 2021 Passed Step Three of American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Recertification
    • 2011 Board Recertified: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
    • 2000 Board Certified: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Professional Society Memberships
    • American Orthopedic Association
    • American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons
    • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
    • Baltimore City/County Medical Society
    • National Medical Association
    • Maryland Orthopedic Association
    • Co-Founder: Mid Atlantic Joint Presentation Society
  • Recent Honors and Awards
    • 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016: Baltimore Magazine Top Doctors of Baltimore List
    • 2019: Maryland Athletic Training Association: Dr. William Harris Memorial “State Team Physician of the Year Award”



Owings Mills LifeBridge Health at Foundry Row
10084 Reisterstown Road, Suite 300-A
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Telemedicine video visits are also available.

Published Research Articles

Click here to view Dr. Bennett's peer-reviewed research articles.

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