Heather McKnight, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Heather McKnight, M.D., F.A.A.P.


Pediatric Hospital Medicine




  • Associate Professor; Division Chief of Pediatric Hospital Medicine F.A.A.P.


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Philosophy of Care

I enjoy partnering with families of hospitalized children to help them heal from unexpected, severe illnesses as well as working with families who frequently experience care in the hospital due to ongoing health problems. My goal is to provide excellent evidence-based care while meeting the unique needs of each patient by listening to the family and incorporating the child and family's goals into the plan.

Clinical Interests

Dr. McKnight cares for general pediatric patients admitted to the hospital and collaborates with subspecialists in the care of hospitalized children.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. McKnight is interested in medical student and resident education. She has an interest in quality improvement in the hospital setting including projects on bronchiolitis, asthma, and high flow nasal cannula.


Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital


M.D., University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque NM 2005

B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego CA 2000

Internship: Pediatric, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque NM 2005-2006


Pediatric, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque NM 2005-2008

Board Certifications

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2018

Medical Board of California, 2018

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Hospitalist Medicine

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Quality Improvement Innovations Network (QuINN)

Subcommittee of Pediatric Hospital Medicine Division Directors

Honors and Awards

UC Davis Pediatric Gold Star Faculty Award for excellence in Infection Prevention, 2018

Department of Pediatrics Faculty Service Award, 2015

Albuquerque Magazine Top Doc, 2015

Pediatric Residency Program Special Recognition Award, 2011

Awarded for Work on Educational Curriculum and Implementation of ACGME Guidelines, 2011

Phi Delta Lambda National Honor Society Member,

Upper 15% of the undergraduate class upon graduation,