UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Johnson, Scott B

School of Medicine
Cardiothoracic Surgery
(210) 567-2878

I attended the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and graduated in 1987, and then completed a general surgical residency at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center in 1992. I then completed a one year fellowship in critical care/esophageal surgery under the tutelage of Dr. Tom DeMeester, an internationally known esophageal surgeon, after which time I continued training at UTHSCSA in Thoracic Surgery as a resident between1993 and 1995. I then joined the Faculty as an Assistant Professor/Clinical, progressing to Associate Professor with tenure eventually being named as inaugural Chief of the Division of General Thoracic Surgery in 2010 (within the newly created Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.) Our division now is composed of three full time faculty, and is actively involved in teaching within our residency training program, providing more than the required index cases to our residents in both esophageal and pulmonary surgery ? a feat many cardiothoracic training programs in the country struggle to accomplish.

My mission as a Physician Surgeon is to provide clinical service to my patients, share knowledge and experience with my students and residents, and conduct research ? both in the laboratory and in the clinical setting. The focus on my clinical practice includes both benign and malignant diseases of the foregut and lung transplantation, and I am currently the surgical director of the lung transplant program at UTC (and have been approximately for the last ten years.) My expertise in performing esophageal resections and reconstructions as well as difficult pulmonary resections for cancer and pulmonary transplantation is backed by several years of experience in these fields. I have been actively involved in translational research focusing on lung transplantation using a rat model of lung transplantation, investigating new forms of immunosuppressive agents and studying ischemic-reperfusion injury. I take every opportunity for teaching and mentoring medical students, interns and residents in diagnosing and treatment of general thoracic surgical problems. I currently serve on the UTHSCSA Tenure and Promotions Committee, and am co-chair of our weekly multidisciplinary thoracic oncology tumor board. I was the founder of the multidisciplinary thoracic oncology clinic at the CTRC, and work closely with other disciplines in providing state-of-the-art clinical care.

9/2011 - Present Associate Professor - Tenured University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Cardiothoracic Surgery, San Antonio, TX
9/1999 - Present Active Associate Baptist Health System, Surgery, San Antonio, TX
7/1995 - Present Active Staff University Hospital, Surgery, San Antonio, TX