Kelly Johnston, MD, FRCSC

Contact Information

  • Name: Kelly Johnston
  • Degree: MD, FRCSC
  • Title / Position: Assistant Clinical Professor and Chief, Division of Hip and Knee Reconstruction
  • Place of Employment / Office Name: Alberta Hip and Knee Clinic
  • Street Address: 401 - 9th Avenue SW, Suite 335
  • City: Calgary
  • State/Province: Alberta
  • Zip/Postal code: T2P 3C5
  • Country: Canada
  • Office phone number: 403 265 4885
  • Office fax number: 403 221 4387
  • Medical or Surgical Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Education and Memberships

  • Medical School: University of Alberta
  • Residency: University of Calgary
  • Fellowship training:

    University of Auckland

    University of California San Diego

  • Certifications:

    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC)

  • Society Memberships (list up to four only):

    Canadian Orthopaedic Association

    Alberta Orthopaedic Society

    Canadian Arthroplasty Society

  • Specific training in hip dysplasia:

    Fellowship with Dr. Richard Santore in PAO, Femoral Osteotomy, Hip Arthroscopy, and Joint Replacement

  • Academic contributions for DDH research or education including publications:

    Abdulla, S. Mahdavi, H. Khong, R. Gill, J. Powell, K. Johnston, R. Sharma. Does BMI Affect The Rate Of Adverse Outcome In Total Hip And Knee Arthroplasty? A Retrospective Review Of A Total Joint Database. Under publication by Canadian Journal of Surgery

    Raghav Saini, James Powell, Rajrishi Sharma, Shannon Puloski, Saboura Mahdavi, Christopher Smith, Kelly Dean Johnston. One Stage versus Two-Stage Bilateral Total Joint Arthroplasty: A matched cohort study.
    Under publication by Canadian Journal of Surgery.

    Ashish Taneja, Ahmed El-Bakoury, Hoa Khong, Pam Railton, Rajrishi Sharma, Kelly Dean Johnston, Shannon Puloski, Christopher Smith,James Powell.
    Association between Allogeneic Blood Transfusion and Wound Infection after Total Hip or Knee Arthroplasty: A Retrospective Case-Control Study.
    Journal of Bone and Joint Infection 2019, 4(2), 99–105.

    Rex EL, Werle J, Burkart BC, MacKenzie JR, Johnston KD, Anglin C, Shape Analysis of the Patellar Bone Surface and Cutting Plane for Knee
    Replacement Surgery. Computational Math Methods Med. 2018;
    2018:6490425. Epub 2018 Oct 24.

    Fracture fixation in the operative management of hip fractures (FAITH): an international, multicentre, randomised controlled trial
    Lancet. 2017 April 15; 389(10078): 1519–1527. (Participated as a FAITH
    Study Investigator, see data supplement)

    Johnston K, Frizzell JB
    The MRI is All You Need.
    Canadian Orthopaedic Association Bulletin Spring 2017: 23-24.

    Mohtadi N, Johnston K, Gaudelli C, Chan D, Barber R, Walker R, Patel, C, MacKay E, Oddone-Paolucci E, The incidence of proximal deep vein thrombosis after elective hip arthroscopy: a prospective cohort study in low risk patients.
    Journal of Hip Preservation Surgery 2016; 3(4), 295-303.

    Yu HC, Al-Sheheri M, Johnston K, Endersby R, Baghirzada L
    Anaesthesia for Hip Arthroscopy – a narrative review
    Can J Anaesth. 2016 Nov;63(11):1277-90.

    Hip fracture evaluation with alternatives of total hip arthroplasty versus hemiarthroplasty (HEALTH): protocol for a multicentre randomised trial
    BMJ Open 2015;5:e006263. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006263
    (Participated as a HEALTH Study Investigator)

    A Prospective Randomized Multicenter Clinical Trial Comparing Open Reduction, Internal Fixation with Primary Subtalar Fusion in patients with severely comminuted (Sanders IV) Displaced Intra-articular Fractures of the Calcaneus.
    J Orthop Trauma. 2014 Oct;28(10):577-83
    *Study took over 10 years to complete. As a resident, I wrote original study protocol, successfully obtained AO North America and OTA grant, and helped create website to assist in multicenter patient recruitment. Inadvertently not recognized at publication. Lead author, Dr. R Buckley, will verify my involvement.

    Lincoln M, Johnston K, Muldoon M, Santore R
    Combined Arthroscopic and Modified Open Approach for Cam Femoroacetabular Impingement: A Preliminary Experience
    Arthroscopy 25(4): 392-399, April 2009.

    Johnston KD, Durand D, Hildebrand K
    Chronic volar distal radioulnar joint instability: joint capsular plication to restore function.
    Can J Surg 52(2):112-118, April 2009.


  • Optional Personal Statement: : I have a keen interest in hip dysplasia and provide hip preservation surgical procedures, including pelvic and femoral osteotomies, for patients in Western Canada. Additionally, I perform complex primary hip replacement procedures for dysplasia patients with severe secondary osteoarthritis. I have a special interest in direct anterior hip replacement procedures to facilitate rapid recovery for patients.

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  • Age groups you are accepting new hip dysplasia patients: Adolescents, Adults
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