Laura S Johnson, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.P., is board certified in both general surgery and surgical critical care. She is a member of the surgical team at Children's National Hospital and the Burn Center at Medstar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC). Dr. Johnson is also a surgeon in the Burns/Trauma section of surgery and an associate professor of Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Dr. Johnson specializes in burn injuries, thermal injuries to the skin (inflicted from both heat and cold), chemical damage to the skin, as well as other skin disorders that result in skin loss such as toxic epidermal necrolysis and Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Her clinical and research interests include burn shock and resuscitation, burn critical care and ethics in burn treatment.
Dr. Johnson received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Southern California. She completed her residency training at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and then did her fellowship training at Grady Memorial Hospital, part of the Emory University Department of Surgery, before returning to the D.C. area.
The multidisciplinary nature of burn care, as well as the broad skill set required to help critically ill patients, is what attracted her to the field. As the only pediatric burn center in the region, Children's National Hospital invests in a multidisciplinary approach. Children's National is equipped to handle all facets of burn recuperation including local wound care, acute operative intervention, long-term reconstructive operations for scarring and advanced critical care management.
Additionally, Dr. Johnson is committed to advancing education and science in burn management. She is national faculty for Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) and routinely lectures on topics of burn care and education. Additionally, she serves as the course director for the many health professional electives sponsored by the Burn Center at MWHC. Dr. Johnson also participates in the research activities of the Firefighters' Burn and Surgical Research Laboratory, whose goal is to improve the care of burn patients worldwide. When she is not in the hospital, Dr. Johnson is an avid saber fencer, competing around the country and is part of the National Tournament Committee for the United States Fencing Association.