In the Hoosier state, it’s all about hometown pride. At OrthoIndy, we are proud to be members of the Indiana community. We are even more proud to serve you as your orthopedic provider. But we want the community to get to know us beyond orthopedics.
We would first like to introduce you to Dr. Renn Crichlow. Renn is a member of the OrthoIndy trauma team, exclusively located at the Level I Trauma Center at St.Vincent Indianapolis. But beyond orthopedics, he’s accomplished a lot in his life.
Renn was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. At a young age be began to develop a love of sports and at 12 years old, he joined a canoe club that he and his mother had driven past for years. He won his first Canadian Canoe Association National Championship at 16 years old. By 19, he qualified for his first of three Olympic games.
Renn was able to compete at the highest levels from late 1980’s to the late 1990’s. He even went on to win gold (K-1 500m: 1991), silver (K-1 500m: 1993) and bronze (K-1 200m: 1995) at the IFC Canoe Sprint World Championships. During this time he completed his undergraduate training in Kinesiology (the scientific study of human movement) at Simon Frasier University in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Renn was a proud member of the Canadian National Canoe Team from 1985 until 1996. He earned the honor of representing Canada in the Olympic Games in 1988 in Seoul, 1992 in Barcelona and 1996 in Atlanta. Meanwhile, he started medical school at Harvard in the summer of 1994. He was recognized for all his accomplishments in 2001 when he was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1999, Renn continued his training in Boston as an Intern in general surgery at Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center and completed my training at Harvard Combined Orthopaedic residency in 2004. Over his ten years of medical education he came to realize his passion for orthopedic trauma and elected to study fracture care at the highest level. He moved to Baltimore where he completed a fellowship (an additional year of training post-residency) in Orthopaedic Trauma at R Adams Crowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
As a trauma surgeon, Renn has very little free time. Often his shifts last more than 12 hours a day. Working at the Level I Trauma Center at St.Vincent Indianapolis, Renn sees a lot of patients coming into the ER. “They come to you in one of the worst moments in their life,” he said. “Taking care of them means making a difference in their lives, it’s very fulfilling to use your skills in that way”.
To Renn, OrthoIndy is the ideal work environment. He’s very inspired by the level of expertise around him. “It’s an environment created around excellence, and OrthoIndy gives you the freedom to be the best doctor you can be for yourself and your patients.”
Renn has retired the canoe paddle in exchange for new loves. He avidly enjoys wake boarding, paddle boarding, traveling and spending time with his wife and five children. He is also an AO Trauma instructor and enjoys the opportunity to teach residents and fellows across the country. Additionally, he travels with the IndyCar series to provide orthopedic trauma care to drivers and their teams.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Renn Crichlow, please call 317.917.4384.
Be sure to check back each month to meet a newly featured member of the OrthoIndy family at OrthoIndy.com/Hometown. And while you are there, tell us your story. How did OrthoIndy help you get back to doing what you love in the community?