Biography

Rachel St. John, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She serves as Director of the Family-Focused Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children at Children’s Medical Center. She specializes in care coordination for deaf and hard of hearing patients.

Dr. St. John earned her medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at Georgetown University. She also holds a master’s degree in counseling from Gallaudet University and certification as an NIC-Advanced sign language interpreter from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. In addition, she completed the Mental Health Interpreter Training Program at Troy State University.

Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2012.

Dr. St. John’s clinical and academic interests include developmental outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing children, early language access, and medical education. She serves as an ad hoc reviewer for Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention and Maternal and Child Health Journal. She is a health education consultant at the state and national level and previously was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Leadership Team and an AAP delegate to the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Dallas County Medical Society, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advancement in Children, the Texas Pediatric Society, and the Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Education & Training
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Gallaudet University (2000-2004)
  • Graduate School - Gallaudet University (2000-2004), Counseling
  • Residency - Georgetown University Medical Center (2000-2003), Pediatrics
  • Internship - Georgetown University Medical Center (1999-2000), Pediatrics
  • Medical School - University of Virginia School of Medicine (1995-1999)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
  • Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advancement in Children
  • Texas Pediatric Society
  • Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf
Honors & Awards
  • Physician of the Month 2018, Children's Health Medical Center
  • Texas Guide By Your Side Physician Champion 2014, Texas Hands and Voices
  • Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Award of Excellence 2011, American Academy of Pediatrics/Centers for Disease Control/Maternal Child Health Bureau
Books & Publications
Research
  • Developmental Outcomes for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children
  • Early Language Access
  • Medical Education

Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric Otolaryngology

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