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About Kenneth D. Johnson

About Dr. Kenneth D. Johnson

It is often Kenneth D. Johnson, MDsaid that the practice of medicine is based upon “standing on the shoulders of those who came before us.” Those of us who have had the privilege to practice understand the debt we owe to the individuals who taught us and to the institutions that supported them. Dr. Kenneth Johnson is one of those individuals. His lifetime was devoted to academic orthopaedic surgery. His clear thinking and deft technique shaped the practice of many young orthopaedists.

Dr. Johnson completed medical school at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Immediately thereafter he traversed the country to Salt Lake City, Utah. There he was involved in a six year sojourn including a straight surgery internship, a four year orthopaedic surgery residency and one year of research in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Utah. This research consisted of multiple biomechanical topics. Dr. Johnson came to Vanderbilt in 1988 from Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas, where he was director of Orthopaedic Trauma at Parkland Memorial Hospital. He served at Vanderbilt Medical Center until 2001. Subsequently, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he had a private practice in Foot and Ankle with New Mexico Orthopedics.

He was a past president of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association in 1994 to 1995. Additionally, Dr. Johnson was a member of the AAOS, ORS, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle, International Society for Fracture Repair, as well as the Academic Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Johnson served on the editorial board of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, Orthopaedic Review, and Techniques in Orthopaedics. Dr. Johnson was honored on several occasions by being chosen for the Vanderbilt orthopaedic chief residents teaching award.

In honor of Kenneth D. Johnson, MD, we hope to bring prominent orthopaedic surgeons from around the world to Vanderbilt both to share their expertise and better acquaint them with our program.

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