Dr. St. John is a board certified pediatrician, and a NIC-Advanced certified sign language interpreter through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. She completed her MD degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and then attended Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC for her residency in pediatrics. Her interests include language access, advocacy, and supporting effective medical home for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Dr. St. John joined the UTSW Department of Otolaryngology in 2012 when offered the exciting opportunity to provide a collaborative and comprehensive care service for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She is the director of the Family-Focused Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children at Children’s Medical Center Dallas/UT Southwestern Medical Center. The FFC provides support for families to make informed decisions regarding language, educational, and developmental opportunities, as well as provides collaborative support to community providers caring for these patients in keeping with national standards. Dr. St. John also is a health education consultant at the state and national level, a designated sign language interpreter in the field of psychiatric research, and is a member of the AAP Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Task Force.