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Travis T. Tollefson, M.D. View profile as PDF

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.


Associate Professor


Otolaryngology (ENT/Ears, Nose, Throat), Pediatric Otolaryngology, Surgery - Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive




Head and Neck Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation:


Glassrock Building
Otolaryngology Plastics Clinic
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 6201
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-2347

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, 1998
B.S., Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas, 1993


University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, 1999


University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, 2003


UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 2004

Board Certifications:

American Board of Otolaryngology, 2005

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
American Medical Association
American Rhinologic Society
Associate Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Sacramento Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Select 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:

Doctor VS, Rafii A, Enepekides DJ, Tollefson TT. Intraoral transposition of traumatic parotid duct fistula. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2007 Jan-Feb;91:44-7.

Pham AM, Tollefson TT. Correction of caudal septal deviation: use of caudal septal extension graft. Ear Nose Throat J. 2007 Mar;863:142, 144.

Tollefson TT, Sykes JM. Computer imaging software for profile photograph analysis. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2007 Mar-Apr;92:113-9.

Tollefson TT, Tate JR. Advances in facial reanimation. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Aug; 144:242-8.

Tollefson TT, Teran D. Oswaldo Guayasamin’s madre y nino. Arch Facial Plastic Surg 2006 July-Aug;84;288-9.

Tollefson TT, Wong J, Sykes JM, Larrabee WF. Cleft lip palate deformities in Western China: epidemiology, surgical reconstruction, and cost. Arch Facial Plastic Surg. 2006 jul-Aug:84; 234-9.

Tollefson TT. Advances in the treatment of microtia. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Dec;146:412-22

Tate JR, Kriet JD, Tollefson TT. Paralytic lagophthalmos: gold-weight implantation. Ear Nose Throat J. 2006 Sep;859:580-582.

Tollefson TT, Senders CM, Sykes JM, Byorth PJ. Botulinum toxin to improve results in cleft lip repair. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2006 May-Jun;83:221-2.

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).