Travis T. Tollefson, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

Director, Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


To see if Travis T. Tollefson is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Locations and Contact

Otolaryngology Plastics Clinic

2521 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Additional Numbers

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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I believe that a thorough understanding of my patients' goals and priorities allows me to provide the best possible care. Together, we can discuss options and decide upon the most appropriate choices.  My team's goals are to achieve natural surgical results and to provide the best possible patient care experiences.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Tollefson is Professor and Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California Davis, where he specializes in cleft and pediatric craniofacial care, facial reconstruction and facial trauma care. His interest in the emerging field of Global Surgery and improving surgical access in low-resource countries led him to complete an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. His current research focuses on clinical outcomes of patients with cleft lip-palate, facial trauma education in Africa, patterns of mandible fracture care and patient reported outcomes in facial paralysis surgeries.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Tollefson's current research focuses on improving surgical outcomes in children with cleft lip-palate through patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) and comparative effectiveness research. He also enjoys studying facial trauma education in Africa, patterns of mandible fracture care and patient reported outcomes in facial paralysis surgeries. He coedited, Complete Cleft Care, an evidence-based textbook on team management of cleft lip-palate, which summarizes the current support for different treatment protocols.


Head and Neck Surgery
Fetal Care and Treatment Center
Pediatric Otolaryngology
Facial and Reconstructive Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital

Undergraduate School

B.S., Baker University, Baldwin City KS 1993

Medical School

M.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence KS 1998

Other School

M.P.H., Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston MA 2011


General Surgery, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City KS 1998-1999


Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS 1999-2003


Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2003-2004

Advanced Leadership Development Program, UC Davis, 2019

The Best Doctors in America, Peer Selected 2017, 2018

Fellow, Triological Society, 2014

Medical Student Research Day, Best Poster (Mentor), 2014

Otolaryngology Faculty Teaching Award, UC Davis, 2013

UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Senior Design Course - Best Senior Design Award "Orbital Prosthesis Blink Mechanism”, 2013

AAO-HNS Foundation Certificate of Honor Award, 2012

Peter T. Bohan Honored Lecturer, Visiting Professor, 2011

University Kansas Dept. of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery - Changzhi Medical School, Visiting Professorship, Norman Bethune, 2011

Visiting Professorship, Norman Bethune, 2011

University Kansas Dept. of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery - University of Kansas Medical School, Early Career Achievement in Medicine Alumnus Award, 2011

Faculty Development Award, University of California Davis 2010, 2011

Junior Career Leadership Program, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2010

Baker University Presidential Scholar, 1989

ABO In-training Examination Excellence Award, 2003

Association for Research in Otolaryngology Travel Award, 2002

Hazel T. Nelson Academic Scholarship, 1993

Frank Nelson Biology Award, 1992

Blue Key National Honor Society, 1992

Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, 1990

Baker University Alumni Award, 1992

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 1998

Fellow, Triological Society, 2014

Hoshal SG, Solis RN, Tollefson TT. Controversies in Cleft Rhinoplasty. Facial Plast Surg. 2020 Feb;36(1):102-111. PMID: 32191966.

Shaye DA, Tollefson TT. What Is the Optimal Timing for Dividing a Forehead Flap? Laryngoscope. 2020 Feb 25. doi:10.1002/lary.28588. PMID:32096872. 

Gill AS, Said M, Tollefson TT, Strong EB, Nayak JV, Steele TO. Patient-Reported Outcome Measures and Provocative Testing in the Workup of Empty Nose Syndrome – Advances in Diagnosis: A Systematic Review. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2020 Jan;34(1):134-140.  doi:10.1177/1945892419880642. Epub 2019 Oct 8. PMID:31594386.

Shah I, Gadkaree SK, Tollefson TT, Shaye DA. Update on the management of craniomaxillofacial trauma in low-resource settings. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Aug;27(4):274-279. PMID:31274568.

Tollefson TT. Editorial: The changing face of adult surgical education: a positive ‘disruption’ for more than just millennials. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Aug;27(4):227-230. PMID:31274567.

Dedhia RD, Morisada MV, Tollefson TT, Strong EB. Contemporary management of frontal sinus fractures. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Aug;27(4):253.260. PMID:31116143.

Gill AS, Said M, Tollefson TT, Steele TO. Update on empty nose syndrome: disease mechanisms, diagnostic tools, and treatment strategies. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Aug;27(4)237-242. PMID:31116142. 

Gadkaree SK, Tollefson TT, Fuller JC, Muchemwa FC, Gonga A, Shaye DA. Role of mobile health on patient enrollment for cleft lip-palate surgery: A comparative study using SMS blast text messaging in Zimbabwe. Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2019 Jun 28;4(4):383-386. PMID:31453345.

Funamura JL, Said M, Lin SJ, McKinney S, Tollefson TT. Eustachian Tube Dysfunction in Children with Cleft Palate: A Tympanometric Time-to-Event Analysis. Laryngoscope. 2020 Apr;130(4):1044-1050. doi:10.1002/lary.28103. Epub 2019 Jun 13. PMID:31194274. 

Hsieh TY, Funamura JL, Dedhia R, Durbin-Johnson B, Dunbar C, Tollefson TT. Risk Factors Associated with Complications after Treatment of Mandible Fractures. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2019 May 1;21(3):213-220. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2018.1836. PMID:30676610. 

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