Romaine F. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Johnson serves as Director of the Children's Health Airway Management Program, and he is currently the Director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship program at Children's Medical Center Dallas.

His clinical interests include all aspects of the pediatric airway with a particular focus on subglottic stenosis, vocal cord paralysis, and childhood feeding disorders. 

Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree at the Drexel University School of Medicine (formerly MCP Hahnemann). He completed an otolaryngology residency at the Baylor College of Medicine, as well as a pediatric fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical where he learned airway reconstruction from Drs. Robin Cotton and Michael Rutter. Dr. Johnson also received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Board certified in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2006.

Dr. Johnson's research interests include subglottic stenosis, obstructive sleep apnea, vocal cord paralysis, quality improvement, and airway simulation.

He has authored nearly 60 scientific articles, book chapters, and meeting proceedings, and has delivered numerous national presentations, lectures, and professional courses. He serves as an Associate Editor of Pediatric Otolaryngology for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, as well as a reviewer for The Laryngoscope

Dr. Johnson is a Fellow of the American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society (aka The Triological Society); the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery; and the American College of Surgeons; as well as an active member of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, the American Broncho-Esophagological Association, and the National Medical Association.

Dr. Johnson was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2018. He received the Honor Award in 2012 from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Foundation. He is also a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Johnson sees patients at Children’s Health℠ in both the Dallas and Plano campuses. He has hospital appointments at Zale Lipshy University Hospital, Parkland Memorial Hospital, William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

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Meet Dr. Johnson

Pediatric Otolaryngologist in Dallas and Plano

Pediatric otolaryngologist Romaine F. Johnson, M.D. M.P.H., FACS, leads a multidisciplinary team of aerodigestive experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Health as the medical director of the Airway Management Program, which combines the expertise of physicians as well as allied health professionals such as nurses and speech-language pathologists.

Thanks to the latest advances in airway surgery, many pediatric aerodigestive disorders can be managed with minimally invasive techniques. If more extensive surgery is needed, Dr. Johnson has over a decade of experience treating the most complex airway conditions in children in North Texas. 

 “Airway reconstruction remains the workhorse of the care of the children with subglottic and tracheal stenosis. These often occur in former premature children who are tracheostomy tube dependent. Using advanced techniques, I can treat the scarring of the airway and allow for safe removal of a child's tracheostomy tube,” Dr. Johnson says. “I perform both endoscopic and open procedures that allow me to correct extensive scarring of the airway.”

A perennial D Magazine Best Pediatrician, Dr. Johnson has an exclusive focus on pediatric aerodigestive disorders, including tracheostomy, subglottic stenosis, infant feeding, and voice rehabilitation. Dr. Johnson works to promote the best outcomes for children with these complex disorders.

Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Care for Aerodigestive Disorders

In addition to otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, and gastroenterologists, the Airway Management Program at Children's Health includes pediatric surgeons, speech pathologists, advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), respiratory therapists, nutritionists, and physical and occupational therapists.

“The utilization of multidisciplinary care and standardized treatment protocols has consistently been shown to improve patient outcomes,” Dr. Johnson says. “And we have the most experienced team in Texas with over a decade of providing multidisciplinary care.” 

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Education & Training
  • Graduate School - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2005-2008)
  • Fellowship - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (2004-2006), Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Residency - Baylor College of Medicine (2000-2004), Otolaryngology
  • Internship - Baylor College of Medicine (1999-2000), General Surgery
  • Medical School - MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine (1995-1999)
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2005-2008)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Broncho-Esophagological Association (2018), The American Broncho-Esophagological Association (ABEA) is a society of physicians, researchers and allied professionals who share their expertise in Broncho-Esophagology and meet annually for scholarly presentations on matters relevant to the science and practice of their specialty.
  • Triological Society (2017), The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc., aka The Triological Society, was founded in 1895 in New York, New York. In the more than 120 years since its founding, the Triological Society has attracted the best and brightest in academic and clinical otolaryngology.
  • American College of Surgeons (2012), The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (2004), The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) is the world's largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.
  • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (2012), ASPO exists to foster excellence in the care of children with otorhinolaryngologic disorders through education & research and thereby enhance the profession of Pediatric Otolaryngology.
Honors & Awards
  • Herbert Silverstein Otology/Neurotology Research Award 2005, Research grant to study genetic mutations in patients with hearing loss
  • D Magazine Best Doctors 2010-2018
  • Dallas Otology Foundation for Resident Research 2002, Awarded for research in Peritonsillar abscess treatment
  • J. Charles Dickson Award for Outstanding Research 2003, Awarded for research in Peritonsillar abscess treatment
Books & Publications
  • Public Health
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric Airway Disorders
  • Medical Education

Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric Otolaryngology

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