Laura S Johnson, MD| Burn Surgery, Acute And Reconstructive Burn Care | MedStar Health

Laura S Johnson, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialities: Burn Surgery, Acute And Reconstructive Burn Care, Surgical Critical Care, Trauma Surgery

Languages: English

(202) 877-7302

About me

Laura S. Johnson, MD, FACS, is board certified in both general surgery and surgical critical care and is a member of the surgical team at The Burn Center at Medstar Washington Hospital Center. In addition, she is an attending surgeon in the Burns/Trauma Section of Surgery and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Johnson specializes in burn injury, thermal injury 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 MWHC.

The multidisciplinary nature of burn care, as well as the broad skill set required to help critically ill patients, is what attracted Dr. Johnson to the field, and the philosophy of the Burn Center matches hers. As the only burn center in the region, MedStar Washington Hospital Center invests in a multidisciplinary approach. The Burn Center and the Center for Wound Healing at MedStar Washington Hospital Center 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 including continuous dialysis and cardiac support.

Additionally, the Burn Center is committed to advancing education and science in burn management. Dr. Johnson is National Faculty for Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) and a member of the national committee that advises the ABA on the course. She routinely lectures on topics of burn care and education, and is the course director for the many health professional electives the Burn Center sponsors. 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.

Philosophy of Care

“My team and I offer a cutting edge approach to whole-patient wellness. It takes a team to get patients through burn injuries. Every person matters, including the patient and the patient's family. My goal is to get patients back to their lives and not allow the injury to define any part of their self-identity.

“I approach each patient in a forthright manner, in order to relay information in a very understandable way. My goal is to build trust and confidence between my patients and myself through honest conversations.

“No burn is too small. At the Burn Center and the Center for Wound Healing at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, we’re always available for referrals and more than happy to arrange for transfers or outpatient follow up as necessary.”

Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Adhesions
  • Abdominal Hemorrhage
  • Abdominal Trauma
  • Abnormalities Of The Skin
  • Appendicitis
  • Biliary Trauma
  • Bowel Perforations
  • Burns
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Crush Injuries Of The Leg
  • Electrical Burns
  • Flail Chest
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Hypovolemia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Liver Trauma
  • Lung Contusion
  • Major Trauma
  • Motor Vehicle Accident
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Rib Fracture
  • Sternal Fracture
  • Trauma
  • Uncontrolled Bleeding
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Procedures I perform

  • Appendectomy
  • Arterial Catheterization
  • Bowel Resection
  • Burn Reconstruction
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Complex Wound Management
  • Emergency Surgery
  • Exploratory Laparotomy
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
  • Rib Plating
  • Scar Revision
  • Skin Graft
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia
  • Tissue Expansion Surgery
  • Venous Cutdown
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Practice locations

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110 Irving Street Northwest
Suite 3B-55
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-7302

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MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus


Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgery

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

Fellowship Program: Emory University Hospital (2012)

Residency Program: MedStar Washington Hospital Center (2010)

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (2005)