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In recognition of Dr. Johnson’s expertise as a thoracic surgeon, he has been an invited Guest Examiner for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. His passion and expertise are now focused on performing esophageal and foregut surgery. His peers consider him a master clinician and his patients uniformly note outstanding bedside manner complimented by his direction of clear well communicated care. He is recognized as a Texas Super Doctor and annually selected to membership by Best Doctors of America, Top Cancer Doctor, and San Antonio Super Doctors.
Dr. Johnson received his medical degree in 1987 from the University of New Mexico, and then went on to complete a residency in general surgery (1987-1992) at the Los Angeles County, University of Southern California Hospital. Upon completion of General Surgery, he was fortunate to be recruited for an additional year (1992-1993) alongside Dr. Tom DeMeester (a world renowned esophageal surgeon) focused on mastery of Esophageal Surgery and Critical Care Surgery. He then was highly recruited to San Antonio for a two-year residency (1993-1995) in Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is board certified in General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Thoracic Surgery. After completing his training, he was successfully enticed to join the faculty at UT Health Physicians in San Antonio under the Chairmanship of Dr. John Calhoon. Dr. Johnson has excelled as a teacher, researcher and clinician. He developed a wide range of expertise as noted by his service during his tenure including Surgical Director of Cardiac Transplantation, Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation and Associate Program Director of the Residency Program. Following his own passion for general thoracic surgery, he outlined and created the Division of General Thoracic Surgery serving as its Founding Chief. After performing cardiac surgery for over ten years and lung transplantation for over twenty years, he made the choice to focus his practice primarily on esophageal surgery. He is nationally recognized as an expert in performing complex esophageal surgery to include resection of esophageal cancers, redoing previously failed anti-reflux procedures, repairing large diaphragmatic hernias, performing esophageal reconstructions including colon interpositions, and treating end-stage achalasia.
Makey IA, Sui, J, Huynh, C, Das NA, Thomas, M, Johnson SB. Lung Transplant Patients With Coronary Artery Disease Rarely Die of Cardiac Causes; 2018 Jul. (Clinical Transplantation).
Jin Wen Sui, Das NA, Charles Huynh, Makey IA, Levine DJ, DeArmond DT, Johnson SB. Re-do Bilateral Lung Transplants: Triumph of Technique Over Judgment?; 2018 Jan. (STS 54th Annual Meeting).
Scott B. Johnson, Nitin Andrew Das, Jay I.Peters, Jeremy D. Simmons, Yibo Wang, Kevin P. O`Donnell, Daniel T. DeArmond, Jacqueline J. Coalson, Edward G. Brooks. Efficacy of Inhaled Tacrolimus (Brittle Matrix formulation) in Preventing Rejection in an Orthotopic Rat Lung Transplant Model; 2017 Dec. (The Journal of Thoracic amd Cardiovascular Surgery 2017; vol. 2151, no. e1).
Eilers AL, Albahra S, Das NA, Prihoda TJ, Baisden CE, DeArmond DT, Sako EY, Johnson SB. Aprotinin use in Bilateral Lung Transplantation Utilizing Cardiopulmonary Bypass: A Single Institution Experience; 2014 Jun. (40th Annual Meeting J. Bradley Aust Surgical Society, San Antonio, TX).
Das NA. Efficacy of Inhaled Nanoparticle Tacrolimus in Preventing Rejection in Rat Lung Transplant Model Orlando, FL: STS 50th Annual Meeting; 2014 Jan. (STS 50th Annual Meeting).
Pan, H., Johnson, SB. Blunt and Penetrating Injuries of the Chest Wall, Pleura, Diaphragm, and Lungs. In: Pan H., Johnson, SB. Shields` General Thoracic Surgery Vol Two. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer; 2018. p. 1425-1447.
Makey, Ian; Johnson, SB. Keep it short and sweet The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2018 May;156(1).
DeArmond DT, Das NA, Restrepo CS, Johnson SB, Michalek JE, Hernandez, Brian. S. Pleural electrical impedance is a sensitive, real-time indicator of pneumothorax. Journal of Surgical Research 2018 Nov;231:15-23.
Das NA, Peters JI, Jeremy D. Simmons, Yibo Wang, Kevin P. O`Donnell, DeArmond DT, Coalson JJ, Brooks EG, Johnson SB. The efficacy of inhaled nanoparticle tacrolimus in preventing rejection in an orthotopic rat lung transplant model The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2017 Dec;154(6):2144-2151.
DeArmond DT, Carswell AP, Louden CL, Simmons JD, Bayer J, Das NA, Johnson SB. Diagnosis of anastomotic leak: electrolyte detection versus barium fluoroscopy Journal of Surgical Research 2013 Jun;182(2):192-197.
Bayer, J, Das NA, Baisden CE, Rani M, Schwacha MG, Sako EY, Williams, RO, Peters JI, Johnson SB. Effect of inhaled tacrolimus on ischemia reperfusion injury in rat lung transplant model 93rd Annual Meeting of The American Association for Thoracic Surgery 2013 May;146(5).