Dr. Travis Tollefson received his MD with honors from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed a head and neck surgery residency at Kansas University followed by fellowship training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of California, Davis. After completing his fellowship in 2004, Dr. Tollefson began as an Assistant Professor at the UC Davis Medical Center in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery where he specializes in the full spectrum of facial reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the face, including repair of cleft lip and palate, microtia, reconstruction of skin cancer defects, as well as rhinoplasty and cosmetic facial surgery.
In addition to his academic practice in Sacramento, Dr. Tollefson has an interest in providing surgical care in low resource settings around the world. He first worked with an organization named Smile China to provide free surgical care to children with cleft lip and palate in rural China. This led to an annual volunteer commitment with the Smile China team and later with other groups such as Operation of Hope, serving in Ecuador and Africa and Love without Boundaries. Dr. Tollefson’s long-term commitment has resulted in mentoring surgeons and surgically repairing hundreds of children’s facial deformities. His experience with the UC Davis Cleft and Craniofacial Program has been enriched by caring for children born with facial clefting from around the world in places like Ecuador, Zimbabwe, Solomon Islands, China, Cambodia, and Rwanda to name a few.
Dr. Tollefson is dedicated to providing surgical care to children around the world by not only performing surgeries, but also in educating local surgeons to benefit subsequent generations of children. He has both mentored individual surgeons at their home institutions and conducted courses to educate groups of surgeons in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Cambodia, Thailand, Haiti, Ecuador, and Russia. He is active in research in improving the ability of a patient in resource poor setting to receive safe surgical access for life-preserving surgery. His leadership in AO Alliance has led to courses on three continents dedicated to involving host country surgeons in improving the care of facial injuries.
***If you are interested in supporting Dr. Tollefson’s global outreach endeavors, please consider a donation to
TOLLEFSON FUNAMURA GLOBAL SURGERY FUND
For Tax Deductible Donation, please send a check made out to UC Regents. Send check to : Sharon Schauer; 2521 Stockton Boulevard Suite 7200; Sacramento CA 95817
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