Dr. Jennifer Knight '98 -- 2011 Outstanding Young Alumna

Thursday, September 01, 2011

 Each year the Fairmont State Alumni Association receives countless nominations for their Homecoming awards. This year we are proud to present awards to six remarkable alumni. To submit a nomination, e-mail Emily Swain, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, at emily.swain@fairmontstate.edu.

Dr. Jennifer Knight graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in biology in 1998 from Fairmont State. While a student at FSU, she was a Freshman Counselor, was active in student government and was elected as vice-president of Student Government. Dr. Knight started medical school at West Virginia in the fall of 1998 and completed her surgical residency from in 2008. Dr. Knight is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at WVU.  She is board certified in General Surgery and is board eligible in Surgical Critical Care.  She teaches surgery to residents and medical students and has the opportunity to take care of injured and critically ill patients from West Virginia and the surrounding areas. In 2010, Dr. Knight received a large grant, through the Benedum Foundation, to improve the care of trauma patients in West Virginia through the development of an electronic patient transfer system.  She was selected by the American College of Surgeons and the Association of Women in Surgery to be part of its Mentoring program.  She received the Leadership Scholarship from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) for the next three years.  She has presented some of her original research at the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and was named to a National Committee for EAST.  She is a founding member of the WVU Health Sciences Center Faculty Advisory Council and was recently elected to WVU’s Faculty Senate.

She lives with her husband and son in Morgantown and enjoys travelling, gardening and doing mom stuff.  She loves living in West Virginia.

About this story: This story was featured in the Summer 2011 edition of maroon & white. Click here to view this edition. To request a paper copy contact Beth Martin at (304) 367-4009.