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Kaalan E. Johnson, MD

Kaalan E. Johnson, MD


On staff since August 2013

Children's Title: Director of the Aerodigestive Center

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"I moved from studying engineering to medicine when I realized how unique and truly powerful the interaction is between a patient and a doctor. What a wonderful opportunity we have everyday to make a positive impact on people's lives in such a tangible way. My interest in helping children with complex airway, breathing, and swallowing conditions is one avenue to have that positive impact on some of our most important functions of interactive life. Working in medical simulation has allowed me to find ways to teach others to provide this care in a more effective way. I feel so lucky to be at a place like Seattle Children's where I can work in all those areas in one amazing place."


ChristineCincinnati, OH05.25.14
My son saw Dr. Johnson while he was in Cincinnati. Dr. Johnson put one set of tubes in my son's ears and they lasted longer than his sisters' who both had tubes placed at least a year before him. I ended up switching both of my daughters to Dr. Johnson as their primary ENT and was so sad to see him leave. We have yet to find a doctor to replace him...
DesireeEdmonds, wa 04.04.14
My son has been a patient of Dr Johnson for a few months. After a year of unknown reason for my sons aspiration, and countless visits to specialty doctors, Dr Johnson immediately knew the reason for my sons condition. He performed a surgical procedure yesterday at Seattle Children's to resolve my little guys problems. Dr Johnson has such great bedside manner, making us feel very confident in his professional expertise.He explains everything in a way that we can understand it. He is very patient and observant. He listens to our concerns and always answers our questions to the best of his abilities. Hands down..THE best! My son is 14months old.
We saw dr Johnson for my son and saw him from 3 months old till 2 years. We saw him at least every six months and sometimes more. He performed procedures on our son and we couldn't have been handed a more perfect person for us and our son. We moved from ohio to nc and we were sad to tell him and not be able to be near him for future care of our son. At the same time we found out he was leaving Cincinnati children's. Seattle is soooo lucky to have such a gem. His bedside manner was the best I've seen anywhere and his knowledge and skill surpass that!
RusselShort Hills New Jersey09.03.13
My Son was a patient of Dr. Johnson at Cincinatti Childrens Hospital for 18 months. he operated on Nathaniel 8-9 times. He is amazing. He attention to detail, his surgical competence and his calm demeanor are all equally amazing. Seattle Children's is lucky to have him.
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Board Certification(s)
Medical/Professional School
Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda
Otolaryngology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk
Pediatric Otolaryngology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital medical Center, Cincinnati
Clinical Interests

Aerodigestive conditions including complex airway, breathing, and swallowing issues, aspiration, laryngeal clefts, airway reconstruction, subglottic stenosis, obstructive sleep apnea, and tracheotomy management. Additional interests include sinusitis and skull base surgery, acute and chronic ear disease, and otolaryngologic manifestations of craniofacial disorders.

Awards and Honors

Award NameAward DescriptionAwarded ByAward Date
Unsung Heroes AwardCincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center 2010
Eunice Baxter AwardAwarded to the Outstanding Chief Surgical Resident of the YearSentara Norfolk General Hospital 2009
1st Place, Resident Research Podium PresentationsVirginia Society of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting 2009
1st Place, Basic Science Resident Research AwardAwarded for the best basic science research project at the annual meeting for Otolaryngology.American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 2007
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society MembershipAlpha Omega Alpha 2004


Simulation to implement a novel system of care for pediatric critical airway obstruction.
Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery , 2012 Oct: 138(10)907-11
Blinded Evaluation of Interrater Reliability of an Operative Competency Assessment Tool for Direct Laryngoscopy and Rigid Bronchoscopy.
Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery , 2012 Sep 17: 1-7
Comparison of the Pediatric Voice Handicap Index with perceptual voice analysis in pediatric patients with vocal fold lesions.
Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery , 2011 Dec: 137(12)1258-62
Voice outcomes following adult cricotracheal resection.
The Laryngoscope , 2011 Sep: 121(9)1910-4
H1N1 influenza A presenting as bacterial tracheitis.
Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery , 2010 Apr: 142(4)612-4
Palliative aspects of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis.
Otolaryngologic clinics of North America , 2009 Feb: 42(1)57-70, viii
Microdebrider vs electrocautery: a comparison of tonsillar wound healing histopathology in a canine model.
Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery , 2008 Apr: 138(4)486-91
Neonatal upper airway obstruction in osteogenesis imperfecta: series of three cases and review of the literature.
The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology , 2008 Jan: 117(1)27-31
Effect of topical dexamethasone versus rimexolone on middle ear inflammation in experimental otitis media with effusion.
Acta oto-laryngologica , 2006 Sep: 126(9)910-5

Primary Office

Seattle Children's
OA.8.300.8 - Otolaryngology Clinic
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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