Dr Colin Knight: A Quick Chat

Dr Colin Knight

Dr Colin Knight: A Quick Chat – Dr Colin Knight is a pediatric surgeon on the faculty of a major medical school and published author. By Eleanor Klein.

What is the most interesting experience you have ever had in your field?  

Flying to Nashville to spend a day at Vanderbilt observing the pioneers of fetal surgery operate on fetuses. 



Did you always want to be a doctor?   

No. Originally I wanted to be a scientist.  

In the summer after my sophomore year of college, I landed an internship to work in a lab at the National Cancer Institute. Although it was interesting research and I enjoyed the people I worked with. As the summer wore on though, I came to a realization. I decided I wanted to make a more direct impact on people’s lives than I thought I could as a scientist. It was then that I decided to pursue a career in medicine where I would be able to impact peoples lives daily. 

What is your all-time favorite movie?  

Brazil by Terry Gilliam 

What is your all-time favorite TV show?   

Black Mirror 

What is your all-time favorite book?  

Andromeda Strain by Michael Crighton 

Thank you for your time!

Dr. Knight is dedicated to pediatric care. He began his higher education at Yale University, earning his BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry in 1991. He continued without pause, heading south to the University of Virginia to obtain his MD in 1995. After a surgical internship, also at the University of Virginia, Dr. Knight went on to serve on active duty in the United States Air Force as a Flight Surgeon for 4 years. 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. Dr. Knight brought his experience from the Air Force and his training as a Pediatric Surgeon at to the 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 trains the doctors of tomorrow. Dedicated to higher education, Dr. Knight is a published author with an extensive bibliography. He has presented at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s General Pediatric Review and Self-Assessment and is an Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor. Dr. Knight specializes in the surgical care of newborns, toddlers, children, and adolescents. 


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