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.
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
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
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
American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2007
American Board of Otolaryngology, 2005
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
Han J, Stringer S, Rosenfeld R, Archer S, Baker D, Brown S, Edelstein D, Gray S, Lian T, Ross E, Seiden A, Setzen M, Tollefson TT, Ward PD, Welch K, Wise S, Nnacheta L. Clinical Consensus Statement: Septoplasty with or without Inferior Turbinate Reduction. Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. November 5, 2015. Vol. 153, 5: pp. 708-720.
Ishii LE, Tollefson TT. Evidence-Based Procedures in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2015 Aug; 23(3).
Shaye, D, Liu CC, Tollefson TT. Facial Plast. Surg Clin North Am. 2015 Aug; 23(3): 357-72.
Van Spall H, Kassam A, Tollefson TT. Near- misses are an opportunity to improve patient safety: adapting strategies of high reliability organizations to healthcare. Current Opinion Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. 2015; (23):292-296.
Hsieh TY, Fanamura JS, Roth C, Rubin Z, Kurniawan S, Tollefson TT. Developing a Novel Speech Intervention iPd Game for Children with Cleft Palate: A Pilot Study. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. 2015 Jul 1; 17(4): 309-11.
Setabutr D, Roth C, Nolen D, Cervenka B, Sykes J, Senders C, Tollefson TT. Pharyngeal Flap for Velopharyngeal Insufficiency: Revision Rates and Speech Outcomes. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. 2015 May-Jun; 17(3); 197-201.
Shaye D, Tollefson TT, Strong EB. Use of Intraoperative Computed Tomography for Maxillofacial Reconstructive Surgery. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. 2015 March/April;17(2): 113-119.
O’Brien DC, Andre TB, Robinson, AD, Squires LD, Tollefson, TT. Dog bites of the head and neck: an evaluation of common pediatric trauma and associated treatment. Am J of Otolaryngology. 2015 Jan-Feb; 36(1): 32-8.
Tollefson TT. A place for innovation and rigorous surgical research in evidence-based medicine. Current Opinion Head and Neck Surgery. 2014 Aug;22(4):253-254.
Dedhia R, Tollefson TT. Update in Midface and Panfacial Trauma Management. Current Otorhinolaryngology Rep. Online. September 2, 2015.