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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.”


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. During the previous 15 years, Dr. Bennett was the head orthopedic surgeon for the University of Maryland Terrapins and served as Chief of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Bennett is American Board of Orthopedic Surgery board re-certified and cares for a full range of sports related injuries for patients of all ages. Providing compassionate, comprehensive care, he has helped patients achieve their goals both with and without surgery for two decades. He sub-specializes in the arthroscopic and minimally invasive management of knee, hip, shoulder and ankle injuries.


Dr. Bennett is the sports division head of the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, which encompasses a residency program initiated in 2020. He is also a charter member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Diversity Committee. Dr. Bennett is repeatedly selected as a “Top Doctor” in sports medicine by Baltimore Magazine.

Dr. Craig Bennett: An ACL Surgery Patient Story

This video shows how Dr. Bennett helped an athlete with an ACL injury get back in the game.

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  • 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

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

A couple walking their dog on a Fall day.

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”


Telemedicine video visits are also available.

Owings Mills

LifeBridge Health at Foundry Row

10084 Reisterstown Road
Suite 300-A
Owings Mills, MD 21117


AAOS Video

Dr. Bennett's volunteer work is featured in the opening of this American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon (AAOS) Humanitarian Award video honoring Dr. Dave Atkin that was created by Operation Rainbow.

Inside Press Box

In this video, Dr. Bennett is interviewed on "Inside Press Box" about the LifeBridge Health Sports Institute, his philosophy of care and advances in ACL surgery.


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Inside Press Box

In this video, Dr. Bennett is interviewed on "Inside Press Box" about advances in sports medicine with discussion about ACL injury treatment and articular cartilage restoration.


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A Healthy Dose

This A Healthy Dose article shares how Dr. Bennett helped get hockey-playing patient Joe Federline back on the ice after a complex knee injury.