Travis Tollefson, M.D., MPH, FACS

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


Otolaryngology (ENT/Ears, Nose, Throat)

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


  • Director of Faculty Mentoring
  • Professor and Director of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


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Glassrock Building

2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 6201
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Fax: 916-734-7268
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

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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
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 Medical Association

California Society of Facial Plastic Surgery

Sacramento Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

Honors and Awards

Advanced Leadership Development Program, UC Davis, 2019

The Best Doctors in America, Peer Selected 2017, 2018

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

Fellow, Triological Society, 2014

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

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

Select Recent Publications

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 Jan 24. PMID: 30676610. 

Funamura JL, Lee JW, McKinney S, Bayoumi AG, Senders CW, Tollefson TT. Children with Cleft Palate: Predictors of Otologic Issues in the First 10 Years. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Jan 22:194599818825461. PMID: 30668229. 

Miller C, Bly R, Cofer S, Dahl JP, de Serres L, Goudy S, Hartzell L, Jabbour N, Kacmarysnki D, Macarthur C, Messner A, Milczuk H, Rastatter J, Swibel Rosenthal LH, Scott A, Tollefson TT, Woolley A, Zdanski C, Zopf DA, Sie K. Multicenter Interrater Reliability in the Endoscopic Assessment of Velopharyngeal Function Using a Video Instruction Tool. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Jan 15:194599818822989. PMID: 30642231. 

Ishii L, Tollefson TT. Improving Rhinoplasty With Evidence- Meta-analysis of Perioperative Antibiotics. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2019 Jan 1;21(1):18-19. PMID: 30489608.

Skirko JR, Santillana RM, Roth CT, Dunbar C, Tollefson TT. Spanish Linguistic Validation of the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Effects on Life Outcomes: VELO-Spanish. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open (PRS Global Open). September 5, 2018. DOI: 10.1097. 

Steele TO, Gill A, Tollefson TT. Contemporary considerations in concurrent endoscopic sinus surgery and rhinoplasty. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Aug;26(4):209-213. PMID: 29894317.

Shaye DA, Tollefon TT, Shah I, Krishnan G, Matic D, Figari M, Lim TC, Aniruth S, Schubert W. Backward Planning a Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Curriculum for the Surgical Workforce in Low-Resource Settings. World J Surg. 2018 Jun 6. PMID: 29876747.

Hsieh TY, Dedhia R, Tollefson TT. Cleft Rhinoplasty: Strategies for the Multiply Operated Nose. Facial Plast Sur. 2018 Jun;34:290-297. PMID: 29857340.

Fu R, Moore N, Shipchandler TZ, Ting JY, Tollefson TT, Rabbani C, Moorthy M, Nunery WR, Harold Lee HB.  A hybrid technique to address exposure keratopathy secondary to facial nerve paresis: A combination of a lateral tarsorrhaphy and lateral wedge resection. Am J Otolaryngol. 2018 May 9. PMID: 29776684. 

Tollefson TT, Hadlock TA, Lighthall JG. Facial Paralysis Discussion and Debate. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2018 May;26(2):163-180. PMID: 29636148.

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