Dr. Charles Johnston is assistant chief of staff and medical director of research 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 surery 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 and an orthopaedic consultant for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Retardation at the Abilene State School and the Denton State School. He is a member of the editorial board for Orthopaedics, a consultant reviewer for Spine and The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and a fellow in the American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons. 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 American Orthopaedic Association.


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

Correlation of Preoperative Deformity Magnitude and Pulmonary Function Tests in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
Johnston, C.E. Spine 2011 in press
Simultaneous open reduction of ipsilateral CDH and CDK assisted by femoral diaphyseal shortening
Johnston, C.E. J Pediatr Orthop 2011 in press
Right thoracic curves in presumed adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: which clinical and radiographic findings correlate with a preoperative abnormal magnetic resonance image
Richards, B. S.; Sucato, D. J.; Johnston, C. E.; Diab, M.; Sarwark, J. F.; Lenke, L. G.; and Parent, S. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2010 35(20) 1855-60
Preoperative medical and surgical planning for early onset scoliosis
Johnston, C. E. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2010 35(25) 2239-44
Functional results after surgical treatment for congenital knee dislocation
Oetgen MO, Walick KS, Tulchin K, Karol LA, Johnston CE J Pediatr Orthop 2010 30(3) 216-23

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • Texas Orthopaedic Association