Anthony Johnson, DO, is an internationally renowned specialist in maternal-fetal medicine (MFM). He is a Professor with the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at McGovern Medical School (UTHealth) and the Co-Director for The Fetal Center. He has performed more than 500 laser ablation procedures in the treatment of severe twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, and has extensive experience with other fetoscopic-based and needle guided in-utero procedures.

He received his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia, and subsequently completed his fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and a fellowship in medical genetics at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He later served as the director of the Fetal Intervention Program in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at North Carolina Women’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina prior to relocating to Houston in 2006.

Dr. Johnson joined the The Fetal Center, affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, in 2011 as co-director. Prior to joining the team, he was a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery and the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He was also one of the senior MFM physicians as part of the Texas Children’s Fetal Center team.

Dr. Johnson has served as director of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s Special Interest Group in Maternal-Fetal Surgery and Special Interest Group in Genetics. He is an examiner on the Maternal Fetal Medicine Subspecialty Committee of the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and on the Medical Advisory Board of the Fetal Health Foundation. Dr. Johnson was a reviewer of the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), which sponsored the Management of Myelomeningocele Study (MOMS), that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011. Dr. Johnson’s specialty interests include:

  • Complicated Monochorionic Multifetal pregnancies Twin-Twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS)
  • Selective fetal growth restriction (SIUGR)
  • Other fetoscopic-based and needle guided in utero procedures including:
    • Laser for TTTS
    • Tracheal occlusion for diaphragmatic hernia
    • Vesico-amniotic and pleura-amniotic shunts


Medical School
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills, MI
Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Medical Genetics, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Research Interests

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