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Dr. Knight

John T. Knight M.D.


Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Fellowship Trained

Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand

Dr. Knight is widely regarded as one of the prominent hand and wrist specialists specializing in minimally invasive techniques for innovative treatments of hand, wrist and upper extremity injuries and disorders. Excelling in the area of advanced wrist arthroscopic procedures and stitchless endoscopic carpal tunnel release procedures, he has more than 20 years of experience and has performed over 15,000 procedures.

He obtained his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, where he received the Louisiana Orthopedic Association Outstanding Student Award. Following his orthopedic training at LSU Medical Center, he completed a Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship at the Joesph H. Boyes program in Los Angeles.

Dr. Knight gained national notoriety in the late 1990s with his persistence and dedication that helped Congress pass the Aviation Medical Assistance Act on April 24, 1998 that lead to defibrillators on all airplanes. Among his many achievements, he was one of the first doctors in the Southern U.S. to perform a successful toe-to-thumb transplantation. He also was one of the first in the U.S. to implant the Free Hand System, an internal computerized system restoring function to the quadriplegic patients’ hand.

The focus and expertise that Dr. Knight offers provides the patient with a significant advantage in receiving quality treatment with a fully integrated approach that encompasses diagnosis, conservative care, pain management, advanced surgical procedures and rehabilitation.

Dr. Knight In the Media

Dr. Knight has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, Radio shows and been featured in the most prominent publications across the country. To browse these Articles, Videos and Audio interviews, visit the Media page.

Dr. Knight Seen On TV

Curriculum Vitae

  • Qualified Medical Examiner, October 2000
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand, August 1996
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, July 1995
  • Federal Licensing Exam, June 1987
  • 1983 – 1987 Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport, Louisiana, M.D.
  • 1980 – 1983 Centenary College of Louisiana, B.S. (Biology)
  • 1979 – 1980 Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Post Graduate Training:
  • 1992 – 1993 Joseph H. Boyes, M.D. – Orthopedic Hand Fellowship
  • 1991 – 1992 Chief Residency in Orthopedic Surgery, Louisiana State University Medical Center, Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1987 – 1992 Clinical Residency in Orthopedic Surgery, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, Louisiana
Awards and Honors:
  • Medical School:
    • Louisiana Orthopaedic Association Outstanding Student Award, June 1987
  • College:
    • Alpha Lambda Delta, Freshman Honor Society
    • Phi Eta Sigma, Freshman Honor Society
    • Alpha Chi, Junior Honor Society
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • California Orthopedic Association
Practice Experience:
  • Founder and Chief of Staff of the Louisiana Hand & Upper Extremity Institute, 1993-2001
  • Chief of the Willis-Knighton Medical Center/Louisiana Hand & Upper Extremity Institute Regional Replantation Program, 1993-2001
  • Founder and President of Los Angeles Hand & Wrist Medical Associates, Inc. 2001-2009
  • Director, the Hand and Wrist Institute September, 2009 – Present.
National and International Media Appearances:
  • May 31, 2012, pending air date, The Doctors TV show: trigger finger surgery
  • April 5, 2012, air date, The Doctors TV show: Endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery
  • March 29, 2012, air date, The Doctors TV show: Arthroscopic TFC surgery
  • May 26, 2011, air date, The Doctors TV show: Mommy Thumb
  • March 29, 2011, air date, The Doctors TV show: Arthritis joint replacement surgery in the hand
  • 2009, CNN International News: Discussion of airline in-flight death and use of defibrillator
  • 1998, Good Morning America: Discussion of in-flight emergency Dr. Knight was involved in and his crusade to lobby congress to pass the Aviation Medical Assistance Act
  • February 23, 1998: Airlines Split On Need For Medical Gear
  • January 18, 1998, Dallas Morning News: Doctors Complain Airlines Lack Sufficient Medical Equipment
  • January 15, 1998, Washington Post, page 1: Cardiac Arrest in the Air: Without the Tools to Cope…
  • December, 1994, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News: Innovative Surgical Procedure Restores Man’s Missing Thumb
Significant Career Accomplishments:
  • May 1998, developed one of the first regional pilot programs for the Free Hand System, an implanted computerized device within the arm that restores function to a quadriplegic upper limb
  • April 1998, Instrumental in lobbying Congress, the FAA and the NTSB in passing the Aviation Medical Assistance Act that mandated all airlines carry expanded medical kits including an automatic defibrillator; increased flight attendant training and a federal Good Samaritan law.
  • December 1994, Performed one of the first toe-to-thumb transplants in the southern region of the U.S.
  • 1993, Founded the Willis-Knighton Medical Center/ Louisiana Hand & Upper Extremity Institute Regional Replanation Program: center focusing on the reattachment and reconstruction of severed limbs and body parts; servicing a regional area between Dallas, New Orleans, Jackson and Memphis.

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