Dr. Knudson attended medical school and completed her general surgical residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Stanford University, she became involved with the development of trauma systems in California, with a special interest in pediatric trauma. After serving as the Associate Trauma Director at Stanford Medical Center, she joined the teaching faculty at the University of California, San Francisco in 1989.
Dr. Knudson is currently a Professor of Surgery at UCSF, and the Principal Investigator of the CDC- funded San Francisco Injury Center and serves as the Interim Chief of Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Trauma, a member of the Executive Committee, American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, Board of Managers, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, on the editorial board of the Journal of Trauma, and as the Chair of the Western Trauma Association's MultiCenter Trials Committee. Her major areas of research include simulation training for medical personnel, the prevention of thromboembolic complications in trauma patients, the use of ultrasound in trauma evaluation, resuscitation following hemorrhagic shock, and injury prevention. Highly respected by her peers, Dr. Knudson was named to the list of U.S. News "America's Top Doctors," a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians in the nation for a given specialty.
As the Principal Investigator of the CDC-Sponsored San Francisco Injury Center, Dr. Knudson is involved in a number of projects related to injury and injury prevention. These projects include:
"On the morning of July 6, M. Margaret Knudson, M.D., chief of surgery at SFGH, worked with Campbell and others on site to begin assembling a team that would be ready to triage patients upon their arrival. Knudson used lessons she learned as a visiting surgeon treating injured soldiers at both Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and Balad Air Force Hospital in Iraq to quickly treat the most critically injured."
In its most recent survey, U.S. News in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. listed twenty-five (25) surgeons in the UCSF Department of Surgery, nearly one-third (1/3) of the clinical faculty, on the list of U.S. News "Top Doctors". The list, compiled from the opinion of colleagues, denotes the top 10% of physicians within a region practicing a given specialty. Fifteen of the 25 department surgeons were also named by their peers to the list of America's Top Doctors (ATD), a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians in the nation for that specialty. The listings are published online at U.S. News. The group rankings are intended to guide patients in selecting a doctor and physicians in making specialty referrals.
M. Margaret Knudson, MD, FACS (center) was awarded the 2010 National Safety Council Surgeon's Award for Service to Safety at the Trauma Reception at the AAST Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.
The award states, "For your visionary leadership in injury prevention and control, we commend your lifelong commitment to the care of injured patients. Your work has saved countless lives."
The award was presented by L.D. Britt, MD, FACS, ACS President and President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (left) and Michael F. Rotondo, MD, FACS, Chair, Committee on Trauma.
M. Margaret Knudson, M.D., F.A.C.S., noted trauma surgeon, Professor of Surgery, and Executive Director of the San Francisco Injury Center for Research and Prevention, travelled to earthquake-ravaged Haiti to treat survivors of the tragedy that struck the country on January 12, 2010.
By M. Margaret Knudson, MD, FACS
November 2008, Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons