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Kirkwood Johnston, MD

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After earning a degree in biology and German from Rice University in 1995, Dr. Johnston completed medical school at the National University of Ireland at Cork in 2003. Dr. Johnston completed his residency in Internal Medicine at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 2006 and a fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2008.

Joined Kelsey-Seybold: June 2011

Awards & Publications


Dr. Johnston’s multiple publications include the following:

  • Arthritis Rheum (suppl), Genetic predictors of disease damage and activity early in SLE among patients from three ethnic groups., Reveille JD, Johnston KA, Ahn C, Tan FK, Friedman AW, Goel N, Moulds JM, McGwinn G, Roseman J, Alarcon GS., Publication Date: 1998 , Volume: 41, Pages: S283
  • American Society of Human Genetics, Evidence of linkage with specific HLA Class II alleles and Alopecia Areata., de Andrade M, Jackow C, Johnston KA, Reveille JD, & Duvic M, Publication Date: 1997, Volume: [abstract]
  • Johnston KA and Simkin PA. The Tidemark of Cartilage: A Depot for Apoptotic, Debris? A Target for Autoimmune Diesase? 2008 World Congress on Osteoarthritis, Rome, Italy. #207 [abstract]
  • Johnston KA and Simkin PA. The Tidemark of Cartilage Contains Antigenic Nuclear Debris.  2008 American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, California.  #F13 [abstract]
  • Aslam M. and Johnston K. Use of Rituximab in End-Stage Renal Disease Caused By Cryoglobulinemic Vasculitis: A Case Report.  2011 EULAR Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, London, UK.  EULAR11-1655 [abstract]

Hobbies & Interests

When he’s not caring for patients, Dr. Johnston frequently participates in half marathons.

Medical School

  • National University of Ireland, Cork, 2003


  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Internal Medicine, 2006 University of Washington School of Medicine, Rheumatology, 2008

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

Dr. Johnston is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and a member of the American College of Physicians, Osteoarthritis Research Society International, Texas Medical Association and the Harris County Medical Society.


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Houston, TX 77025

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Pearland, TX 77584

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Houston, TX 77010

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Hospital Affiliations

  • St. Luke's Health - Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center

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