• Dr. Johnson is Co-director of the UAB Marfan Syndrome and Related Conditions Clinic; Staff Pediatric Cardiologist, Children’s of Alabama, UAB and the UAB Adult Congenital Heart Program.

    He sees patients of all ages, from fetal patients, to infants and children, to adult “grown up” patients with congenital heart disease. A primary focus has been in caring for patients and their families affected by genetic heart disease, such as those with Marfan syndrome and related conditions, and children and adults with heart birth defects as well as those with acquired heart disease such as Kawasaki disease. The basic causes of heart diseases and the ways in which heart disease may worsen over time has been of particular interest. “I have been privileged to care for many great kids and gratified to see them grow up and thrive despite their heart troubles. I am constantly grateful for the hard work of our entire team in giving every child the best chance to survive and to thrive, but I am always mindful that the very best that we have to offer is sometimes not enough and that we must all work toward a better understanding of the diseases that we fight, and to continuously strive for the very best care of our patients and their families.”
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2020 Development and Utility of Quality Metrics for Ambulatory Pediatric Cardiology in Kawasaki DiseaseClinical Pediatrics.  59:245-251. 2020
    2019 Congenitally Corrected Transposition Presenting in the First Year of Life: Survival and Fate of the Systemic Right VentricleWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.  10:42-49. 2019
    2018 Cardiovascular Health in Turner Syndrome: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart AssociationCirculation: Cardiovascular Genetics.  11:e000048. 2018
    2017 Clinical practice guidelines for the care of girls and women with Turner syndrome: Proceedings from the 2016 Cincinnati International Turner Syndrome MeetingEuropean Journal of Endocrinology.  177:G1-G70. 2017
    2017 Development of Quality Metrics in Ambulatory Pediatric CardiologyJournal of the American College of Cardiology.  69:541-555. 2017
    2012 Neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with congenital heart disease: Evaluation and management a scientific statement from the american heart associationCirculation.  126:1143-1172. 2012
    2012 Novel technique of valve-sparing aortic root replacement in two children younger than 3 years of ageAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  94:299-301. 2012
    2012 Pretreatment and routine echocardiogram monitoring during chemotherapy for anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity rarely identifies significant cardiac dysfunction or alters treatment decisions: A 5-year review at a single pediatric oncology centerCancer.  118:1919-1924. 2012
    2008 Is the "perfect fontan" operation routinely achievable in the modern era?Cardiology in the Young.  18:328-336. 2008
    2005 Glycogen storage diseases presenting as hypertrophic cardiomyopathyNew England Journal of Medicine.  352:362-372. 2005
    2003 Clinical, genetic, and biophysical characterization of a homozygous HERG mutation causing severe neonatal long QT syndromePediatric Research.  53:744-748. 2003
    2002 Nitric oxide: Lifesaving measure for pulmonary vasospasm after modified Blalock-Taussig shuntAnnals of Thoracic Surgery.  74:1700-1702. 2002
    2001 Iodixanol pharmacokinetics in childrenPediatric Cardiology.  22:223-227. 2001
    1999 Transient left ventricular dysfunction in childhood sickle cell diseasePediatric Cardiology.  20:221-223. 1999
    1999 Aggressive manifestations of inflammatory pulmonary pseudotumor in children 1999
    1998 Etiology and retrieval of retained central venous catheter fragments within the heart and great vessels of infants and childrenJournal of Pediatric Surgery.  33:454-456. 1998
    1997 Angiotensin II formation from ACE and chymase in human and animal hearts: Methods and species considerations 1997
    1996 Prostaglandin E1-induced hyperostosis: Clinicopathologic correlations and possible pathogenetic mechanismsFetal and Pediatric Pathology.  16:489-507. 1996
    1996 Pleuropulmonary blastoma with vascular invasionAmerican Journal of Roentgenology.  166:308. 1996
    1995 Coarctation of the aorta and ventricular septal defectCirculation.  91:1263. 1995
    1995 Increased stroke volume in fetuses with heart blockJournal of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.  4:277-279. 1995
    1995 Sudden death in Marfan syndromeAmerican Journal of Roentgenology.  165:160. 1995
    1994 Progressive pulmonary venous obstruction and pulmonary interstitial fibrosis associated with tetralogy of FallotPediatric Cardiology.  15:95-99. 1994
    1994 A clinically applicable technique to study cytoskeletal dynamics in normal and abnormal polymorphonuclear leukocytes isolated from small volume blood samplesAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences.  308:313-321. 1994
    1994 Altered pulmonary microvascular reactivity to norepinephrine in canine pacing-induced heart failureCirculation Research.  75:347-356. 1994
    1991 Developmental changes in ECG associated with heart rate are similar in squirrel monkey and human infants 1991
    1990 Aortic thrombosis in a neonate with undetectable protein C 1990
    1990 Lung edema caused by high peak inspiratory pressures in dogs. Role of increased microvascular filtration pressure and permeabilityAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  142:321-328. 1990
    1990 Systemic heparinization does not prevent clot formation in coil embolizationCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions.  20:267-270. 1990
    1988 Doppler findings in nonimmune hydrops fetalis and cerebral arteriovenous malformationAmerican Heart Journal.  115:1138-1140. 1988
    1987 Association of atrial flutter with orthodromic reciprocating fetal tachycardiaAmerican Journal of Cardiology.  59:374-375. 1987


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    2009 Pediatric Cardiology: The Essential Pocket Guide 2009


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    2012 Left Ventricular Inflow Obstruction: Pulmonary Vein Stenosis, Cor Triatriatum, Supravalvar Mitral Ring, Mitral Valve Stenosis.  374-385. 2012

    Education And Training

  • Arkansas Children's Hospital, Internship
  • Arkansas Children's Hospital, Residency
  • University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinics, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina 1980
  • Full Name

  • Walter Johnson