Darren L. Johnson, MD

Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Practice areas

Practice areas

Clinical interests

  • Arthroscopy
  • Knee and Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Darren L. Johnson, MD

Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Biography

My name is Darren Johnson; I received my medical degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, School of Medicine. I completed a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. I am board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in Orthopaedic Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.

Faculty rank

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education

Degree
University of California at Los Angeles, School of Medicine

Residency
University of Southern California, School of Medicine, Los Angeles

Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Certifications or Special training
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine 

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  1. Burnham JM, Yonz MC, Johnson DL, Ireland ML, Noehren B. Y-Balance Limb Asymmetry In ACL Reconstructed Patients Cleared For Return-to-Play: 3132 Board #197 June 3, 2: 00 PM - 3: 30 PM. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 May;48(5 Suppl 1):890.
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  2. Kline PW, Johnson DL, Ireland ML, Noehren B. Clinical Predictors of Knee Mechanics at Return to Sport after ACL Reconstruction. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 May;48(5):790-5.
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  3. Gabler CM, Jacobs CA, Howard JS, Mattacola CG, Johnson DL. Comparison of Graft Failure Rate Between Autografts Placed via an Anatomic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Technique: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Meta-regression. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Apr;44(4):1069-79.
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  4. Howard JS, Lembach ML, Metzler AV, Johnson DL. Rates and Determinants of Return to Play After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Soccer Athletes: A Study of the Southeastern Conference. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Feb;44(2):433-9.
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  5. Kline PW, Morgan KD, Johnson DL, Ireland ML, Noehren B. Impaired Quadriceps Rate of Torque Development and Knee Mechanics After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction With Patellar Tendon Autograft. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Oct;43(10):2553-8.
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  6. Johnson DL, Coats AC. Two-stage Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Indications, Review, and Technique Demonstration. Orthopedics. 2012 Nov; 35(11):958-60. PMID: 23127442.
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  7. Johnson DL. What's new in sports medicine. Orthopedics. 2012 Jul 1; 35(7):562-3. PMID: 22784883.
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  8. Johnson DL, Durbin TC. Physeal-sparing tibial eminence fracture fixation with a headless compression screw. Orthopedics. 2012 Jul 1; 35(7):604-8. PMID: 22784889.
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  9. Durbin TC, Johnson DL. Pearls and pitfalls of single-bundle transtibial posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Orthopedics. 2012 Mar; 35(3):218-23. PMID: 22385599.
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  10. Wilson BF, Johnson DL. Posterior horn medial meniscal root repair with cruciate ligament/medial collateral ligament combined injuries. Orthopedics. 2011 Dec; 34(12):986-8. PMID: 22147216.
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  11. Huri G, Atay OA, Ergen B, Atesok K, Johnson DL, Doral MN. Development of femoral trochlear groove in growing rabbit after patellar instability. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2012 Feb; 20(2):232-8. PMID: 21773832.
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  12. Johnson DL. Outcome measurement tools for ACL reconstruction: we must do better. Orthopedics. 2011 Jun; 34(6):417. PMID: 21661673.
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  13. Poulsen MR, Johnson DL. Meniscal injuries in the young, athletically active patient. Phys Sportsmed. 2011 Feb; 39(1):123-30. PMID: 21378495.
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  14. Snyder GM, Johnson DL. Anatomic graft placement in ACL surgery: plain radiographs are all we need. Orthopedics. 2011 Feb; 34(2):116-8. PMID: 21323229.
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  15. Poulsen MR, Johnson DL. Graft selection in anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Orthopedics. 2010 Nov; 33(11):832. PMID: 21053850.
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  16. Cheatham SA, Johnson DL. Current concepts in ACL Injuries. Phys Sportsmed. 2010 Oct; 38(3):61-8. PMID: 20959697.
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  17. Cheatham SA, Johnson DL. Anatomic revision ACL reconstruction. Sports Med Arthrosc. 2010 Mar; 18(1):33-9. PMID: 20160628.
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  18. Stephenson DR, Rueff D, Johnson DL. MRI and arthroscopic analysis of collateral knee ligament injuries in combined knee ligament injuries. Orthopedics. 2010 Mar; 33(3):187-9. PMID: 20205368.
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  19. Hewett TE, Johnson DL. ACL prevention programs: fact or fiction? Orthopedics. 2010 Jan; 33(1):36-9. PMID: 20052952.
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  20. Johnson DL. Re: Double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery study. Am J Sports Med. 2010 Jan; 38(1):NP1; author reply NP1-2. PMID: 20051503.
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  21. Rueff D, Royalty R, Yarnell RG, Johnson DL. Anatomic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in the skeletally immature: is it possible? Orthopedics. 2009 Nov; 32(11):839. PMID: 19902882.
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  22. Johnson DL. Allografts. Preface. Clin Sports Med. 2009 Apr; 28(2):xiii-xiv. PMID: 19306727.
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  23. Royalty RN, Junkin DM, Johnson DL. Anatomic double-bundle revision anterior cruciate ligament surgery using fresh-frozen allograft tissue. Clin Sports Med. 2009 Apr; 28(2):311-26, ix. PMID: 19306737.
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  24. Johnson DL. Locker room-acquired MRSA. Orthopedics. 2009 Mar; 32(3):180. PMID: 19309057.
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  25. Fu F, Christel P, Miller MD, Johnson DL. Graft selection for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Instr Course Lect. 2009; 58:337-54. PMID: 19385547.
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  26. Miller MD, Arciero RA, Cooper DE, Johnson DL, Best TM. Doc, when can he go back in the game? Instr Course Lect. 2009; 58:437-43. PMID: 19385553.
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  27. Shaver JC, Johnson DL. Unlocking the 'pivot shift' in ACL surgery: medial meniscus evaluation and treatment. Orthopedics. 2008 Dec; 31(12). PMID: 19226063.
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  28. Cheatham SA, Hosey RG, Johnson DL. Performance-enhancing drugs and today's athlete: a growing concern. Orthopedics. 2008 Oct; 31(10). PMID: 19226006.
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  29. Johnson DL. Sports injury: informed consent--how much do we tell them? Orthopedics. 2008 Jun; 31(6):534-5. PMID: 18661873.
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  30. Singhal MC, Holzhauer M, Powell D, Johnson DL. MRI evaluation of the tibial tunnel/screw/tendon interface after ACL reconstruction using a bioabsorbable interference screw. Orthopedics. 2008 Jun; 31(6):575-9. PMID: 18661880.
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  31. Hosey RG, Fernandez MM, Johnson DL. Evaluation and management of stress fractures of the pelvis and sacrum. Orthopedics. 2008 Apr; 31(4):383-5. PMID: 18453176.
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  32. Junkin DM, Johnson DL. ACL tibial remnant, to save or not? Orthopedics. 2008 Feb; 31(2):154-9. PMID: 18323260.
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  33. Branam BR, Johnson DL. Allografts in knee surgery. Orthopedics. 2007 Nov; 30(11):925-9. PMID: 18019985.
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  34. Johnson DL. Anterior cruciate ligament injury: what does it really mean? Orthopedics. 2007 Jul; 30(7):515. PMID: 17672147.
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  35. Burris MW, Johnson DL, Mair SD. Management of in-season anterior shoulder dislocation in the amateur athlete. Orthopedics. 2007 May; 30(5):362-4. PMID: 17539207.
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  36. Singhal MC, Gardiner JR, Johnson DL. Failure of primary anterior cruciate ligament surgery using anterior tibialis allograft. Arthroscopy. 2007 May; 23(5):469-75. PMID: 17478276.
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  37. Stevenson WW, Johnson DL. "Vertical grafts": a common reason for functional failure after ACL reconstruction. Orthopedics. 2007 Mar; 30(3):206-9. PMID: 17375546.
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  38. Atay OA, Pekmezci M, Doral MN, Sargon MF, Ayvaz M, Johnson DL. Discoid meniscus: an ultrastructural study with transmission electron microscopy. Am J Sports Med. 2007 Mar; 35(3):475-8. PMID: 17244899.
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  39. Stevenson WW, Johnson DL. Management of acute lateral side ligament injuries of the knee. Orthopedics. 2006 Dec; 29(12):1089-93. PMID: 17190167.
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  40. Nyland J, Fried A, Maitra R, Johnson DL, Caborn DN. Wrist circumference is related to patellar tendon thickness in healthy men and women. Clin Imaging. 2006 Sep-Oct; 30(5):335-8. PMID: 16919555.
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  41. Fites B, Kunes J, Madaleno J, Silvestri P, Johnson DL. Latent syndesmosis injuries in athletes. Orthopedics. 2006 Feb; 29(2):124-7. PMID: 16485455.
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  42. Cassidy RC, Shaffer WO, Johnson DL. Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis in the athlete. Orthopedics. 2005 Nov; 28(11):1331-3. PMID: 16295191.
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  43. Singhal MC, Fites BS, Johnson DL. Fixation devices in ACL surgery: what do I need to know? Orthopedics. 2005 Sep; 28(9):920-4. PMID: 16190054.
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  44. Brand JC, Nyland J, Caborn DN, Johnson DL. Soft-tissue interference fixation: bioabsorbable screw versus metal screw. Arthroscopy. 2005 Aug; 21(8):911-6. PMID: 16084287.
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  45. Johnson DL. Summer fun. Orthopedics. 2005 Jul; 28(7):634. PMID: 16119276.
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  46. Satterfield WH, Johnson DL. Arthroscopic patellar "bankart" repair after acute dislocation. Arthroscopy. 2005 May; 21(5):627. PMID: 15891732.
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  47. Wilson TC, Talwalkar J, Johnson DL. Lateral patella dislocation associated with an irreducible posterolateral knee dislocation: literature review. Orthopedics. 2005 May; 28(5):459-61. PMID: 15945602.
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  48. Glueck D, Wilson TC, Johnson DL. Extensive osteolysis after rotator cuff repair with a bioabsorbable suture anchor: a case report. Am J Sports Med. 2005 May; 33(5):742-4. PMID: 15722290.
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  49. Gardiner JR, Madaleno JA, Johnson DL. Sideline management of acute knee injuries. Orthopedics. 2004 Dec; 27(12):1250-4. PMID: 15633955.
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  50. Kocabey Y, Tetik O, Isbell WM, Atay OA, Johnson DL. The value of clinical examination versus magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of meniscal tears and anterior cruciate ligament rupture. Arthroscopy. 2004 Sep; 20(7):696-700. PMID: 15346110.
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  51. Mattacola CG, Jacobs CA, Rund MA, Johnson DL. Functional assessment using the step-up-and-over test and forward lunge following ACL reconstruction. Orthopedics. 2004 Jun; 27(6):602-8. PMID: 15237900.
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  52. Johnson DL. Innovation in sports medicine. Orthopedics. 2004 Jun; 27(6):546. PMID: 15237892.
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  53. Wilson TC, Rosenblum WJ, Johnson DL. Fracture of the femoral tunnel after an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Arthroscopy. 2004 May; 20(5):e45-7. PMID: 15122156.
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  54. Wilson TC, Satterfield WH, Johnson DL. Medial collateral ligament "tibial" injuries: indication for acute repair. Orthopedics. 2004 Apr; 27(4):389-93. PMID: 15101482.
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  55. Wilson TC, Kantaras A, Atay A, Johnson DL. Tunnel enlargement after anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Am J Sports Med. 2004 Mar; 32(2):543-9. PMID: 14977688.
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  56. Glueck DA, Mair SD, Johnson DL. Shoulder instability with absence of the long head of the biceps tendon. Arthroscopy. 2003 Sep; 19(7):787-9. PMID: 12966389.
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  57. Johnson DL. Sports medicine: fact or fiction? Orthopedics. 2003 Jul; 26(7):676. PMID: 12875559.
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  58. Gardiner JR, Isbell WM, Johnson DL. Bilateral anterior tibial stress fractures treated with dynamic intramedullary nailing. Orthopedics. 2003 Jul; 26(7):720-2; discussion 722. PMID: 12875569.
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  59. Sawyer PC, Uhl TL, Mattacola CG, Johnson DL, Yates JW. Effects of moist heat on hamstring flexibility and muscle temperature. J Strength Cond Res. 2003 May; 17(2):285-90. PMID: 12741864.
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  60. Brand JC, Caborn DN, Johnson DL. Biomechanics of soft-tissue interference screw fixation for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Orthopedics. 2003 Apr; 26(4):432-9; quiz 440-1. PMID: 12722919.
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  61. Steenlage E, Brand JC, Johnson DL, Caborn DN. Correlation of bone tunnel diameter with quadrupled hamstring graft fixation strength using a biodegradable interference screw. Arthroscopy. 2002 Oct; 18(8):901-7. PMID: 12368789.
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  62. Brand JC, Cole J, Sumida K, Caborn DN, Johnson DL. Radiographic analysis of femoral tunnel position in postoperative posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Arthroscopy. 2002 Sep; 18(7):688-94. PMID: 12209425.
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  63. Tetik O, Kocabey Y, Johnson DL. Synovial abrasion for isolated, partial thickness, undersurface, medial meniscus tears. Orthopedics. 2002 Jun; 25(6):675-8. PMID: 12083579.
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  64. Nyland J, Johnson DL, Caborn DN, Brindle T. Internal health status belief and lower perceived functional deficit are related among anterior cruciate ligament-deficient patients. Arthroscopy. 2002 May-Jun; 18(5):515-8. PMID: 11987063.
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  65. Uhl TL, Mattacola CG, Johnson DL. Clinical assessment and rehabilitation of shoulder and knee sensorimotor control. Orthopedics. 2002 Jan; 25(1):75-8. PMID: 11811247.
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  66. Kantaras AT, Johnson DL. The medial meniscal root as a landmark for tibial tunnel position in posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Arthroscopy. 2002 Jan; 18(1):99-101. PMID: 11774150.
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