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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.

Where I see patients (4)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    216 Ratings
    About our process
    Dec 01, 2023
    I feel very lucky to have such a skilled provider
    Nov 11, 2023
    Dr. Knott is all class!!!!
    Nov 09, 2023
    Very good experience's with Dr Knott.
    Oct 25, 2023
    as I pointed out already this is a fabulous team
    Oct 25, 2023
    Dr. Knott is a very special doctor. Every doctor should be like Dr. Knott
    Oct 18, 2023
    Yes I was happy to come to the appointment.
    Oct 13, 2023
    Dr Knott and his staff are great I don't see how they could be any better. Friendly attentive and professional.
    Oct 13, 2023
    I appreciated the pleasant office visit with Dr. Knott. I felt comfortable with his diagnose and plan of treatment. Thank you
    Sep 28, 2023
    I recommend Dr. Knott to everyone!He is an expert in his knowledge and practice.
    Sep 15, 2023
    He's friendly and caring. His demeanor exudes confidence and in turn comforts me the patient. Thanks to UCSF for having him.
    Sep 14, 2023
    Only the first time to meet the provider .
    Sep 14, 2023
    Dr. Knott is always kind caring and takes the time to listen...really listen. I never feel rushed with him.
    Sep 07, 2023
    The entire staff at all hospitals and clinics have been helpful and pleasant
    Aug 30, 2023
    Aug 25, 2023
    My "Very Good" rating applies equally to Dr Knott and the resident who was accompanying him.
    Aug 24, 2023
    Was courteous professional. Looked me in the eyes. Took concerns and reservations seriously and offered understandable explanations
    Jul 05, 2023
    I much appreciate the clarity of Dr. Knott's proposed treatment(s) follow up and shared decision making.
    Jun 30, 2023
    We'll run office.
    Jun 28, 2023
    Dr. Knott is so knowledgeable and professional. He informed me with all my options and suggestions. Always providing me with guidance and advice. I know I'm in great hands.
    Jun 28, 2023
    Dr. Knott and his staff were great! It wasn't the outcome I was hoping for but I'm completely satisfied with the explanation and professional recommendation of Dr. Knott. I enjoyed the time spent with me.
    Jun 26, 2023
    Dr. Knott was very knowledgeable personal and professional.
    Jun 21, 2023
    Dr. Knott and his team are amazing! On top of excellent surgical results I also felt supported heard and cared for throughout my experience.
    Jun 07, 2023
    No Bad Experience. My Doctor listened to me 100% of the time. He noticed many things other doctors had missed. He made several recommendations and the order they should be in. I was very pleased with my Appointment
    Jun 02, 2023
    Dr. Knott is very easy to talk to and share and concerns. He listens attentively and is willing to explain anything to the depth at which I want to know. Being a RN and a teacher of anatomy that is much deeper than most patients go. I appreciate that respect and honestly immensely. He also has a great sense of humor which I thoroughly enjoy. Very pleasant and easy going demeanor especially for a doctor.
    May 17, 2023
    Dr Knott and His office are in my opinion at the highest levels of professionalism. I will feel very safe within His care.
    May 03, 2023
    Dr Knott and his team are always so professional and extremely friendly. Never have I had a bad visit.
    Apr 27, 2023
    Dr. Knott and his whole staff set the gold standard for providing care.
    Apr 26, 2023
    Love Dr. Knott!
    Apr 14, 2023
    Dr. Knott is excellent. He has helped me immeasurably in my coping with the lasting effects of Bells Palsy.
    Mar 29, 2023
    Dr. Knott is so professional and knowledgeable. He provided me with all my options and details on my condition. He is patient and supportive in my decisions never aggressive or insistent. Always so caring and informative. He is an excellent doctor!
    Mar 29, 2023
    Dr Knott was extremely caring and friendly. He made my teenage daughter feel so at ease. His explanations were extremely thorough & informative. He answered all questions with thorough answers and seemed very competent. He definitely exceeded what was expected and went above & beyond. Thank you Dr Knott!
    Mar 26, 2023
    Dr. Knott is Exceptional
    Mar 23, 2023
    Dr. Knott is truly an outstanding physician. And it is obvious his Team feels lucky to be working with him. They respond like a well-oiled machine.
    Mar 23, 2023
    The difference between high baseball and major league baseball. UCSF major league
    Feb 11, 2023
    Dr. Knott is one of the best physicians we have ever seen.
    Feb 03, 2023
    Dr.Knott has done such high quality advice and surgeries (4) regarding my cancer .One more minor surgery and that should doot. He ihas such good consultation manners and seems to really care about me as a patient.
    Jan 15, 2023
    Dr. Knott is A very good dr. He listened to my problems and was very caring!
    Dec 14, 2022
    Dr. Knott is an excellent & kind listener & a clear & thorough communicator.
    Dec 14, 2022
    Excellent informative visit. Thank you.
    Dec 05, 2022
    Dr Knott is very personable. He is very caring.
    Nov 19, 2022
    Doctor Knott is awesome. Great listener and answered all my questions (even If very basic) very well and directly. Can't say enough good things about him :)
    Oct 21, 2022
    This is a great option didn't have to take time from work to get to the appointment
    Oct 05, 2022
    Dr. Knott is very kind a great listener & he remembers details from previous visits. He is also a very clear communicator.
    Oct 05, 2022
    Dr. Knott was very nice professional and caring. I felt comfortable with him and how he explained the procedure.
    Sep 30, 2022
    Dr. Knott is excellent and compassionate.
    Sep 29, 2022
    Dr. Knott called right after surgery to let me know how things went. He patiently answered all my questions. A great MD.
    Sep 28, 2022
    Good focus simple terms easy to understand
    Aug 19, 2022
    As always it was a pleasure to see Dr Knott. He is a genuine caring MD. He takes time to really listen and asks questions that shows he really wants to understand my concerns. He is a lovely person.
    Jul 30, 2022
    Dr. Knott is an amazing surgeon. He is kind compassionate knowledgeable and skilled. We feel so fortunate to be in his care.
    Jul 13, 2022
    The only issue I had was how hard / long it took to get an appointment.
    Jun 03, 2022
    Jun 02, 2022
    Good experience
    Apr 07, 2022
    I love this doctor!!
    Mar 30, 2022
    I have o problem with Dr. Knott. I think he is a cutting-edge surgeon. I feel he needs to care more about my healing though.
    This provider is employed by a medical group affiliated with UCSF.