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


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

Care Information

Clinical Biography

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

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 Orthopedic Surgery at San Antonio Military Medical Center, the Custodian of the Department of Defense Joint Trauma System’s Military Orthopedic 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 Orthopedic Surgeons (SOMOS) and the U.S. Armed Forces Sports Medical Advisory Board. He currently serves as the SOMOS Liaison to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Disaster as well as the Chairman of the International Scientific Congress on Disaster Response and Management. He oversees a Special Population and Adaptive Sports Medicine Education and Community Outreach Program and is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic 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 Orthopedic 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 Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
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