Dr. Knutson was appointed assistant dean of the Northwest Campus in June 2015. He received his undergraduate degree in biomedical science from St. Cloud State University; received his medical doctorate from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion; and completed his family medicine residency at the UND Center for family Medicine in Minot, where he served as chief resident and received the William J. Buckingham North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians and the Minot Community Preceptors Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award in 2004. Dr. Knutson is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Christian Medical and Dental Society, and Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society.
A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Dr. Knutson is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at UND (since 2005) and an emergency medicine physician for Trinity Health in Minot, serving as chief of medical staff since December 2013. He has been the director of the UND SMHS MILE Program since 2011. Before joining Trinity Health, Dr. Knutson practiced at Minot Air Force Base from 1998 to 2002, serving as chief of the medical staff, flight surgeon, and officer in charge of the Flight Medicine Clinic.