M. Margaret (Peggy) Knudson MD, FACS attended medical school at the U. of Michigan. After completing her surgical residency at U. of M., she joined the surgical faculty at Stanford University, where she served as the Assistant Trauma Director. In 1989, Dr. Knudson was recruited to the University of California at San Francisco and has attained the rank of Professor in the ladder series. Her practice is based primarily at the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, where she is an attending surgeon on the trauma/critical care/emergency surgery service.

For 20 years, Dr. Knudson has served as the Director of the San Francisco Injury Center for Research and Prevention, one of the first CDC-funded Centers nationally. Her research focuses on resuscitation, venous thromboembolic disease, and pediatric injury prevention. Dr. Knudson served on the Committee on Trauma for 17 years, including four years as the Vice-Chair for the central COT. She was awarded the National Safety Council Award from the COT/AAST for her work in trauma and injury prevention. She has also been on the Board of Managers of both the Western Trauma Association and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and Shock.

She served as the Science Chair for the National Trauma Institute for four years and continues on its Board of Directors. Dr. Knudson has recently been appointed as the Medical Director for the Military Health System Strategic Partnership with the American College of Surgeons.


"The clinical research supported by the National Trauma Institute will ultimately save thousands of military and civilian casualties by producing the "evidence" necessary for the provision of evidence-based medicine."

Timothy C. Fabian, MD, FACS,
Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee and Chairman, National Trauma Institute