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 member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Leadership Team, and an AAP delegate to the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing.

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Education & Training
  • Medical School - University of Virginia School of Medicine (1995-1999)
  • Internship - Georgetown University Medical Center (1999-2000), Pediatrics
  • Residency - Georgetown University Medical Center (2000-2003), Pediatrics
  • Graduate School - Gallaudet University (2000-2004), Counseling
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Gallaudet University (2000-2004)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (2002), Fellow
  • National Board of Certified Counselors (2004), Member
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (2009), Certified Member
  • Texas Pediatric Society (2010), Member
  • Dallas Medical Society (2012), Member
Honors & Awards
  • EHDI Award of Excellence (AAP, CDC, MCHB/HRSA) 2011, “For continued efforts to improve the lives of children and families through early hearing detection and intervention as the Texas AAP Chapter Champion”
  • Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Scholar 1995-1999, Primary care medical education scholarship
  • Resident Teaching Award 2001, Hugh Hussey Resident Teaching Award in Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Resident of the Year 2004, Georgetown University Hospital Pediatric Residency Program outstanding resident of the year award
  • External Collaboration Award, Gallaudet University 2008, “In recognition of major contributions to the Gallaudet University Community, and in particular, to the students of the Department of Counseling, throughout the years”
Books & Publications
  • Resident education and practice retention
  • Newborn hearing screening
  • Early Language Access
  • Developmental outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing

Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric Otolaryngology

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Children's Medical Center of Dallas

1935 Medical District Drive
Dallas, Texas 75235
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