Orthopedic surgeon Anthony "AJ" Johnson MD, FAOA, FACS, FAAOS, wearing a white coat and smiling in front of a white backdrop.

Anthony “AJ”Johnson, MD, FAOA, FACS, FAAOS

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Dell Med Directory Bio: Anthony "AJ" Johnson, MD


David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, MD


Internship and Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, Brooke Army Medical Center

Fellowship, Orthopedic Surgery, Brooke Army Medical Center

Biography and Education

Clinical Biography

Anthony “AJ” Johnson, MD, FAOA, FACS, FAAOS, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and the Sports Medicine Clinical Director for the Sports and Injury Clinic within UT Health Austin’s Musculoskeletal Institute. He specializes in sports medicine and orthopedics. Additionally, Dr. Johnson is an associate professor and serves as the Program Director for Orthopaedic Surgery Residency in the Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care.

Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree from David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed both a residency and fellowship in orthopedic surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center, where he served as the Engineer Brigade Surgeon with the 2nd Infantry Division. During his time in the military, he provided care that ranged from tactical care under fire to definitive rehabilitation and community reintegration.

Dr. Johnson has served as the Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at San Antonio Military Medical Center, the Custodian of the Department of Defense Joint Trauma System’s Military Orthopaedic Trauma Registry, and the Team Physician and Director of Medical Operations for 15 international competitions to include the Para-Pan American, Paralympic, and Military World Games. He is also a past president of both the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS) and the U.S. Armed Forces Sports Medical Advisory Board. He currently serves as the Chairman of the International Scientific Congress on Disaster Response and Management, Second Vice President for the Texas Orthopaedic Association. and SOMOS Liaison to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Disaster. He oversees a Special Population and Adaptive Sports Medicine Education and Community Outreach Program and is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Extremity War Injuries and Disaster Preparedness Project Team as well as the AAOS Diversity Advisory Board, the AAOS Council on Research & Quality, and the Major Extremity Trauma and Rehabilitation Consortium Steering Committee. His research includes 56 peer-reviewed publications, 3 published clinical practice guidelines, 16 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.


  • Orthopedics
  • Sports medicine

Board Certification

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Awards & Honors

  • Golden Headed Cane Award for Top Graduate Medical Education Faculty, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium
  • Leadership Fellows Program, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons



  • UT Health Austin Clinics
    Health Transformation Building
    1601 Trinity Street, Bldg. A
    Austin, TX 78712
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Insurance Accepted

Insurance Accepted

  • AARP Medicare Complete Focus Essential HMO
  • AARP Medicare Complete Focus HMO
  • Accountable Health Plan/Interplan (SPHN)
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Aetna PPO/HMO (All HMO Plans require a referral)
  • Aetna Seton Health Alliance
  • Aetna Whole Health
  • Ambetter-Superior Health Plan - Exchange Plan
  • Amerigroup/Amerivantage Classic
  • Beech Street PPO (SPHN)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Advantage HMO/Health Select (All HMO Plans require a referral)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Choice PPO/UT Select
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Essentials/Blue Essentials Access - Exchange Plan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PAR Plan
  • Cigna - All plans
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Coventry (SPHN)
  • Dell Children’s Health Plan STAR/CHIP
  • EHN/WEB TPA - (Whole Foods)
  • First Care Access PPO Network (SPHN)
  • First Health (SPHN)
  • Firstcare HMO (SPHN) (All HMO plans require a referral)
  • Galaxy (SPHN)
  • Health Payors Organization (SPHN)
  • Healthsmart (SPHN)
  • Humana HMOx
  • Humana Medicare Advantage - all plans EXCEPT Humana Medicare Gold Plus. (Primary Care Providers are Out of Network for Humana Gold Plus)
  • Humana PPO/HMO/Choice Care (All HMO Plans require a referral)
  • Integrated Medical Systems PPO (SPHN)
  • Medicaid/TMHP (Medicaid is not accepted in the Walk-In Clinic)
  • Medicare Part B Traditional fee for service (Novitas)
  • Multiplan (SPHN) (PHCS is out of network)
  • Optum
  • Oscar Healthcare (SPHN)
  • Seton Health Plan Smarthealth
  • Sendero IdealCare
  • Superior Health Plan STAR/CHIP/STAR KIDS
  • United Healthcare AARP PPO
  • United Healthcare All Savers/Choice/Choice Plus/PPO/HMO (All HMO Plans require a referral)
  • United Healthcare Community Plan - Medicaid
  • United Healthcare Dual Complete Focus HMO
  • United Healthcare Medicare
  • United Healthcare One
  • United Student Resources PPO (SPHN)
  • USA Managed Care (SPHN)
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