John T. Knight, M.D.
It could be said that Dr. Knight was born to be a surgeon. The son and grandson of physicians, he was brought up in a home steeped in the culture and traditions of medicine, learning from a young age both the triumphs and letdowns of a life devoted to treating the maladies of others. Dr. Knight’s grandfather, Dr. Fredrick A. Willius, was one of the pioneering cardiologists in the United States in the early and mid-twentieth century, and was involved in some of the earliest clinical tests of the ECG, as well as groundbreaking research on what were then little-understood diseases of the heart. He was also the founding director of the Mayo Clinic’s cardiology department. Dr. Knight’s father was also a surgeon, specializing in vascular and thoracic surgery, and was internationally recognized for his innovative approach to colorectal repair.
The youngest of four brothers, all of whom are also surgeons, Dr. Knight was groomed to go into medicine from a young age. He began his medical education working alongside his father and brothers at the Highland Clinic in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. After that experience, he went off to school at Centenary College, where he studied Biology and prepared for his eventual entrance to medical school. In 1983, he began his course of study at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, graduating in 1987. After obtaining the position of Chief Resident at the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, he relocated to Los Angeles for a year to complete a Joseph H. Boyes fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, which marked the beginning of his development as the hand surgeon he is today.
In the 1990s, Dr. Knight was involved in a strong push within the medical community to require all commercial airlines to carry defibrillators on all flights; a fight that was ultimately successful, and has clear ramifications to this day. He was also instrumental in the clinical development of the FreeHand System, which is a computerized implantation system that, in the case of Dr. Knight’s patient, returned function of the hands to a man who had been rendered quadriplegic in a traumatic injury. He was also one of the first doctors in the Southern United States to successfully transplant a big toe onto the hand of a patient who had lost his thumb, a difficult and very risky surgery.
Having relocated to Los Angeles, Dr. Knight continues to provide the best possible care to his patients. He has become known as one of the most prominent practitioners of minimally invasive surgical treatments of the hand and upper extremity, and is always engaging with the most innovative and cutting-edge surgical techniques. His particular specialties are the Stitchless Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release surgery, or SECTR, an arthroscopic procedure that has revolutionized the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dr. Knight’s dedication and commitment to quality patient care comes from over 20 years of expertise and experience treating patients with every kind of injury to the hand or upper extremity. He has performed over 20,000 individual procedures, and strives to ensure that every patient’s experience in his care is positive, professional, and, most importantly, brings to a resolution their medical concerns. His approach to patient care is fully integrated, and focuses not just on the surgery, but diagnosis, conservative treatment, pain management and rehabilitation in order to return everyone who walks through Dr. Knight’s doors to return to the fullest use of their hands and upper extremities. Dr. Knight is as dedicated to your recovery as you are, and this dedication, paired with his experience and expertise, not to mention his genuine care for his patients, has created legions of loyal patients, all of whom leave Dr. Knight’s care satisfied, healthy, and returned to full function.
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