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UNC Department of Orthopaedics is pleased to welcome Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics Gregory (“Greg”) M. Knoll, MD, as the newest subspecialist to join the Division of Hand and Microsurgery Service, led by Division Chief Dr. Megan Patterson. Dr. Knoll brings a multi-specialty, high-level set of procedural skills to the Division of Hand and Microsurgery Service. Following medical school at Wake Forest University (2007-2011), he trained as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery resident at Michigan State University (2011 – 2017). Thereafter, he completed a one-year Orthopaedic Hand Surgery fellowship at the University of Miami Department of Orthopaedics (2017-2018). 

Dr. Knoll transitions to academic orthopaedics from applying his cross-disciplinary expertise to private practice and adjunct teaching during his earliest post-training years. Prior to joining UNC Orthopaedics, he practiced at Elite Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery Centre in Grand Rapids, MI, as a board-certified plastic surgeon/partner conducting high-volume, reconstructive hand surgery (2018 – 2022). During these years, Dr. Knoll also served as adjunct teaching faculty to residents training in Spectrum Health/Michigan State University’s Plastic Surgery residency program.

Over four years in early career, Dr. Knoll has earned both institutional and community physician honors.  As a repeat recipient of Spectrum Health/Michigan State University (MSU)’s “Plastic Surgery Faculty Teaching Award,” he was named both “Reconstructive Surgeon of the Year” (2021) and “Top Hand Surgeon of the Year” (2022) by a voting committee of Department residents and faculty. Within his community, Dr. Knoll was additionally named “Top Hand Surgeon” by Grand Rapids Magazine (2022). In his first year of training, Dr. Knoll was named “Surgical Oncology Intern of the Year” within the MSU/Grand Rapids Internal Medicine residency program (2012).

Dr. Knoll notes: “The intricacy and detail-oriented nature of hand and microvascular surgery intrigued me early on in my surgical training. That initial intrigue has grown into a passion that drives me to deliver superior patient outcomes and provide meaningful, compassionate care to my patients.

I’ve always been drawn to resident education. Practicing at UNC allows me the opportunity to further advance my skills as a surgeon, while also imparting that knowledge and skill set to our country’s future surgeons.”