Travis Tollefson, M.D., MPH, FACS

Travis Tate Tollefson, M.D., MPH, FACS


Otolaryngology (ENT/Ears, Nose, Throat)

Pediatric Otolaryngology


  • Professor
  • Director of Faculty Mentoring
  • Director of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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Glassrock Building

2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 6201
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

My clinical interests focus on rhinoplasty, facial aesthetic surgery facelift, brow lift, eyelid and minimally invasive endoscopic surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, restoring facial deformities found at birth, after trauma, or after Moh’s skin cancer surgery, laser skin treatment, Botox™ and injectable fillers e.g., Restylane for treatment of wrinkles.

I am honored to participate as a surgeon with surgical mission teams travelling to Ecuador and China for Operation of Hope formerly Operation Esperanza and Smile China in providing care for children with facial deformities such as cleft lip and palate.

Research Focus

Dr. Tollefson has an interest in studying facial deformities found at birth, such as cleft lip and palate, microtia absent ears, and craniosynostosis. He believes that translational research that links basic science discoveries to clinical use is very important. He has co-authored several articles and two textbook chapters on various topics in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery; including cleft lip and palate, nasal reconstruction, and facial implant materials. His current projects involve optimizing cleft lip and palate outcomes, improving classification of midfacial clefting, and using computer imaging software to study surgery on the chin. He is also involved in a clinical research project studying surgery for improving nasal breathing.


Head and Neck Surgery
Pediatric Otolaryngology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital


M.D., University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City KS 1998

M.P.H., Clinical Effectiveness, Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston MA 2009-2011

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

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


Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City KS 1999-2003


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

Board Certifications

American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2007

American Board of Otolaryngology, 2005

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

American College of Surgeons - Fellow

AO North America - Craniomaxillofacial

California Society of Facial Plastic Surgery

Sacramento Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Honors and Awards

ABO In-training Examination Excellence Award, 2003

Association for Research in Otolaryngology Travel Award, 2002

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 1998

Hazel T. Nelson Academic Scholarship, 1993

Frank Nelson Biology Award, 1992

Baker University Alumni Award, 1992

Blue Key National Honor Society, 1992

Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, 1990

Baker University Presidential Scholar, 1989

Select Recent Publications

Bhuskute AA, Tollefson TT. Cleft Lip Repair, Nasoalveolar Molding, and Primary Cleft Rhinoplasty. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2016 Nov;24(4):453-466.

Dedhia R, Hsieh TY, Tollefson TT, Ishii LE. Evidence-based Medicine in Facial  Plastic Surgery: Current State and Future Directions. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2016 Aug;24(3):265-74.

Tollefson TT, Shaye D. Expanding Roles and Broader Goals for Global Surgery. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2016 Sep 1;18(5):361-2.

Tollefson TT. Practicing the art of medicine in the era of technology. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Aug;24(4):271-2.

Del Toro D, Dedhia R, Tollefson TT. Advances in scar management: prevention and management of hypertrophic scars and keloids. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Aug;24(4):322-9.

Dedhia R, Tollefson TT. Delayed Periorbital Abscess after Silicone Implant to  Orbital Floor Fracture. Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2016 Jun;9(2):185-7.

Tollefson TT. Cleft Lip Repair: The Hybrid Subunit Method. Facial Plast Surg. 2016 Apr;32(2):150-5.

Funamura JL, Tollefson TT. Congenital Anomalies of the Nose. Facial Plast Surg. 2016 Apr;32(2):133-41.

Tollefson TT. Congenital Deformities of the Face, Head, and Neck. Facial Plast Surg. 2016 Apr;32(2):121-2.

Shaye D, Ellis J, Mora J, Tollefson TT. Highlights 2015: pictures of health. December 19/26, 2015. Vol. 386. pp: 2473.