Faculty Profile

William Knaus, MD

William J. Knaus, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine




American Board of Plastic Surgery, Subspecialty Certification in Surgery of the Hand

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member:



Dr. Knaus specializes in hand and reconstructive plastic surgery and is primarily based at Grady Memorial Hospital. He received his MD degree from the University of Massachusetts in 2009. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern, did his plastic surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Plastic Surgery Residency, and completed his hand and upper extremity fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. During his hand fellowship, he was an assistant in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Knaus' articles have been published in a number of leading journals, including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Journal of Surgical Oncology, and Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery.


  • Grady Memorial Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory Clinic


  • MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Class of 2009

  • General Surgery Internship and Residency, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, 2009-2014

  • Plastic Surgery Residency, Harvard Medical School, 2014-2017

  • Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2017-2018

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American Society of Surgery of the Hand

Honors and Awards

  • Resident Teacher of the Year Award, Harvard Medical School, 2017

  • Resident Teaching Award, University of Texas Southwestern, 2016

  • Outstanding Plastic Surgery In-Service Award, Harvard Medical School, 2016

Clinical Interests

  • Hand surgery

  • Wrist surgery

  • Microsurgery

  • Peripheral nerve surgery

  • Hand fractures

  • Wrist fractures

  • Extremity surgery

  • Traumatic injuries

  • Leg injuries

Research Interests

  • Peripheral nerve injury

  • Resident education