Dr. Charles Johnston is assistant chief of staff emeritus at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He is a graduate of Yale University and received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Johnston completed his surgery internship at The University of Texas Health Science Center Bexar County Hospital and his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Dr. Johnston also completed the Harrington Fellowship of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in 1982. Dr. Johnston is a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is also an active staff member at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. He is a consultant reviewer for Spine, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and the Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons and serves on the executive committee of the Growing Spine Study Group Foundation. Dr. Johnston is also a member of the Dallas County Medical Society; the Texas Orthopaedic Association, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America; the Scoliosis Research Society; Sociedad Argentina de Patalogia de la Columna Vertebral; and the European Pediatric Orthopedic Society.



Medical School
Columbia University School of Medicine (1976)
University Health System (1977), Surgery
University of Virginia Health System (1981), Orthopedic Surgery
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital (1982), Pediatric Orthopedics & Scoliosis

Research Interest

  • Creation of animal models of spinal deformity
  • Etiology and treatment of congenital limb deficiencies
  • Etiology and treatment of overgrowth syndromes with/without vascular malformations
  • Evaluation and treatment of early onset scoliosis


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Outcomes of growing rod surgery for severe compared with moderate early-onset scoliosis: a matched comparative study.
Helenius IJ, Oksanen HM, McClung A, Pawelek JB, Yazici M, Sponseller PD, Emans JB, Sánchez Pérez-Grueso FJ, Thompson GH, Johnston C, Shah SA, Akbarnia BA, Bone Joint J 2018 06 100-B 6 772-779
Comparison of Percentile Weight Gain of Growth-Friendly Constructs in Early-Onset Scoliosis.
Harris LR, Andras LM, Sponseller PD, Johnston CE, Emans JB, Skaggs DL Spine Deform 2018 Jan 6 1 43-47
Quengel Casting for the Management of Pediatric Knee Flexion Contractures: A 26-Year Single Institution Experience.
Wiley MR, Riccio AI, Felton K, Rodgers JA, Wimberly RL, Johnston CE J Pediatr Orthop 2017 Aug
Functional and Radiographic Outcomes Following Growth-Sparing Management of Early-Onset Scoliosis.
Johnston CE, Tran DP, McClung A J Bone Joint Surg Am 2017 Jun 99 12 1036-1042
Recurrence After Surgical Intervention for Infantile Tibia Vara: Assessment of a New Modified Classification.
LaMont LE, McIntosh AL, Jo CH, Birch JG, Johnston CE J Pediatr Orthop 2017 Feb


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Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Growing Spine Study Group/Growing Spine Foundation (2008)
  • Scoliosis Research Society (1987)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (1986)
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (1986)
  • Dallas County Medical Society (1985)
  • Texas Orthopaedic Association (1985)
  • European Pediatric Orthopedic Society