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M.D., Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine


Internship & Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery
Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program
Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas


Anthony “AJ” Johnson, M.D., is the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program director for Dell Medical School and the orthopaedic sports medicine clinical director at UT Health Austin’s Musculoskeletal Institute. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1994 and the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine in 1998 as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He graduated with honors from the orthopaedic surgery residency program at Brooke Army Medical Center in 2004. He became an American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery diplomate in 2006 and obtained his sub-specialty certification in orthopaedic sports medicine in 2008.

During his 28-year military career, he developed a passion to meet the needs of war fighters who sustain injuries during service. This passion developed in direct response to the needs of his patients while working as a Medical Corps officer (20 years), as an Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Joint Special Operations Command (six years) and during his last five years as the Chairman of the largest Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the only Level-1 Trauma Center in the Department of Defense.

His passion for improved treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration led him to serve in senior roles as the president of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, principal investigator for the Joint Warfighter Initiative to develop evidence-based CPGs and AUCs for war injuries and member of the steering committee of the Major Extremity Trauma and Rehabilitation Consortium. His scholarly activities include 67 peer-reviewed publications, four clinical practice guidelines, 17 moderator/panelist roles, 75 podium presentations and over $22.3M in extra-mural grant funding for his work on post-traumatic osteoarthritis and health outcomes disparities in casualties with an emphasis on the reintegration of elite disabled tactical athletes, especially female amputees.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Diversity Content Adviser to the AAOS Now Editorial Board, 2018
  • Present Association of American Medical Colleges
    Dell Medical School Additional Representative to the Group on Diversity and Inclusion, 2018
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Diversity Advisory Board Liaison to the Council on Research and Quality, 2017
  • American College of Surgeons
    Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons Liaison to the ASC-COT Disaster and EMS Committee, 2018
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/Major Extremity Trauma Rehabilitation Consortium CPG & AUC Development Project Steering Committee
    Chair, 2017
Awards & Honors
  • Golden Headed Cane (Outstanding Faculty)
    San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, 2017
  • Senior Achievement Award
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2016
  • Certificate of Advanced Expertise in Medical Education
    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 2013