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P. Daniel Knott


Facial plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgeon
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Dr. P. Daniel Knott is director of facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery within Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at UCSF. He has training and experience in facial aesthetics and microvascular surgery. His expertise includes treatment of facial paralysis, facial reconstruction following skin cancer, facial rejuvenation, minimally invasive techniques for filling out facial defects, rhinoplasty and free tissue transfer (moving tissue such as skin from one part of the body to another).

In his research, Knott is working to develop new methods for reconstructing the palate (roof of the mouth) and the area of the eye orbit and upper jaw. He also studies microvascular treatment of osteonecrosis (when inadequate blood supply leads to death of bone tissue) and cartilage bioengineering (growing new cartilage tissue).

Knott earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and completed a five-year surgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery. He also completed a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Knott joined UCSF in 2011, after working at the Cleveland Clinic for 10 years.

Knott is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has won national awards for his research, which includes studies of head and neck tissue transplantation.

  • Education

    UC San Diego School of Medicine, 2000

  • Residencies

    Cleveland Clinic Foundation Medical Center, Otolaryngology, 2006

  • Fellowships

    UCLA Medical Center, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2007

  • Board Certifications

    Plastic Surgery Within the Head and Neck, American Board of Otolaryngology

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I want my patients to feel supported in their journey to youthfulness, beauty and health, so I offer them honesty, care and close attention.

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