Dr. Colin Knight
Pediatric Surgeon, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Serving in the Air Force, lecturing at universities, and operating as a Pediatric Surgeon, Dr. Colin Knight is devoted to ensuring the health and safety of our future generations. Currently working at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida, with an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, Dr. Knight is both dedicated to pediatric care and highly qualified to teach the necessary skills to others. He believes there are multiple facets to our concept of health. He is well-versed in proper diet and nutrition as well as fitness and training in addition to his expertise in pediatrics and surgery. His success is rooted in his value of working with communities hands-on, in order to reach tangible results that are effective long-term.
He began his higher education at Yale University, earning his BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, graduating in 1991. He continued without pause, heading south to the University of Virginia to obtain his MD, graduating in 1995. After a surgical internship, also at the University of Virginia, Dr. Knight went on active duty in the United States Air Force as a Flight Surgeon in 1996. He served for four years as a primary care doctor to flyers and their families. As a trained aircraft mishap investigator, he served as a human-factors expert for several aircraft mishaps including a fatal F-16 crash. He practiced travel and occupational medicine and served abroad in support of first Persian Gulf war. He flew routinely with his squadron, and logged hours on other airframes as well. He was honored with the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. When he left active duty in 2000, Dr. Knight continued his training in General Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital. While a surgery resident, he devoted a year to ground-breaking research in applications of surgical robots to pediatric surgery. In particular, he investigated using surgical robots for fetal surgery and microsurgery. After finishing his surgical residency, he specialized in Pediatric Surgery with training at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He earned his initial board certifications in surgery in 2006 and in pediatric surgery in 2008. As he trained in surgery and pediatric surgery and grew accustomed to the medical field, he continued to seek out ways to work with his community to establish systemic change.
Starting in 2010, Dr. Colin Knight served as the Event Chair for Chefs Up Front with FLIPANY, an organization committed to the eradication of the nation’s child obesity crisis. As he worked to raise funds for the organization to teach children in his community nutrition by teaching them to cook, he also obtained training as a certified CrossFit trainer. His immeasurable experience in organizational leadership, planning, and patient care have driven his success in the medical field.
Dr. Knight brought his experience from the Air Force and his training as a Pediatric Surgeon at to his current team at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in 2007. As a committed educator with a faculty appointment at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, he not only teaches medical students, but also surgery residents from three different training programs as well as sub-specialty fellows and members of the community.
Dr. Knight is an unparalleled expert in his field, and his devotion to understanding the intricacies of our bodies’ connection to health allows him to accurately comment on and hypothesize in specialized areas. Dedicated to higher education, Dr. Knight is a published author with extensive material in various publications such as the Journal of Pediatric Surgery. He also has impressive experience in presenting his findings: At Allegheny General Hospital in 2003, he presented “Trauma in Pregnancy;” at American College of Surgeons in 2004 he lectured on “Computer-Assisted, Robot-Enhanced Microsurgery in an Animal Model;” and at Miami Children’s Hospital in 2014, he educated the conference on “Sleep and Fatigue.” He is a routine presenter for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s General Pediatric Review and Self-Assessment and a trainer for Advanced Trauma Life Support courses in South Florida. With a history of dedication to children’s health and community-based change, Dr. Knight’s accomplishments are sure to impress in the future.
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