Dr. Walter Johnston, MD

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Dr. Johnston
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North Dallas Surgical Specs

3600 Shire Blvd Ste 104 Richardson, TX 75082

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(972) 487-6400

Dr. Walter Johnston, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in Richardson, TX and has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center medical school in 1992. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - McKinney and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Plano. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Johnston to book an appointment.

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Dr. Johnston is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Plano Plano, a highly rated and top awarded hospital for general surgery.

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
    Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Practices at Top Hospital
    Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™ See hospitals
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Dr. Johnston's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Cholecystitis and Gallstones
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Johnston treats Cholecystitis and Gallstones more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Johnston treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acute Cholecystitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Gallstones
Gallstones
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Johnston treats Gallstones more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Johnston treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Inguinal Hernia
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Johnston treats Inguinal Hernia more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Johnston treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Johnston's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendicitis
  • Arteriovenous Fistula Repair
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Biopsy of Breast
  • Bone Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Lift Surgery
  • Breast Lump
  • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Cyst Incision and Drainage
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
  • Empyema
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Fecal Impaction Removal
  • Femoral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallstones
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastrotomy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hidradenitis
  • Ileus
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic or Paraesophageal Hernia Repair With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Excision or Destruction of Ovary With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparotomy
  • Lipomas
  • Lumpectomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Mastectomy
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pelvic Abscess
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Ventral Hernia

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Dr. Johnston accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Medicaid
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Choice
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
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Medicaid
CareSource
Medicaid
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
Community Health Choice
Medicaid
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
GEHA
Health Net
Medicaid
HealthFirst
HealthPlus
Medicaid
HealthPlus Amerigroup
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HealthSmart
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Medicaid
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Preferred PPO
Husky Health
Medicaid
inHealth
Medicaid
INTotal Health
Medicaid
Medica
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Medicaid
Midwest Health Plan
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Molina Healthcare
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MultiPlan
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PHCS Network PPO
Peach State Health Plan
Medicaid
Simply Healthcare Plans
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Staywell (Wellcare)
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UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Medicaid
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare
Wellcare of Georgia
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Dr. Johnston's Reviews

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5.0

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I found Dr. Johnston to be an excellent surgeon who took the time to listen to my health issues and confirm that I did indeed need surgery. I would not hesitate to refer my family and friends to Dr. Johnston. His office staff was equally professional and helpful with questions, concerns and scheduling.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Aug 10, 2021
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I just had my 8th surgery in my life, fixing a hernia. This was my best experience yet. All the office staff is great and Dr. Johnston is the nicest doctor you will ever meet. He was always on time to all my visits and even started early on my surgery. I would recommend him to anyone needing surgery.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Harold Rosee – Jul 21, 2021
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Wonderful visit - office staff is wonderful. Dr. Johnston did a great job on my surgery and follow up care! Highly recommend!
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Carrie – May 26, 2021
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Dr. Johnston and his staff answered all of my questions thoroughly and were very easy to work with as a whole. He did a masterful job on my surgery. Overally, I am very pleased.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Wait times
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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May 25, 2021
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Dr. Johnston is the best. I am a physician and know him to be skilled and caring. I have recommended him to patients and to my own son.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Apr 28, 2021
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Dr Johnston removed 20 lipomas from my arms ribs and thighs. Everything went well. I had minimal pain and recovered quickly.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Stephen M. – Apr 13, 2021
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very thorough and explained everything and all the steps. excellent doctor!
What went well
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Brad – Mar 31, 2021
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Dr. Johnston explained my options for inguinal hernia surgery which gave me confidence in my choice to move forward with my surgery. It also gave me confidence in him as well. I chose the robotic laproscopic procedure. His staff is professional and friendly. I recommend him highly.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Mar 25, 2021
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Dr. Johnston and his staff are very knowledgeable and efficient. They made my surgery a positive experience. I highly recommend them for any of your surgical needs!!!
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Mar 24, 2021
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Double hernia robotic surgery. Dr Johnston is a great surgeon with a great staff! Was pleased with his work. I’m recovering nicely and will be 100% soon. Don’t hesitate to trust him. Great credentials, surgery is his wheelhouse.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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JD West – Mar 11, 2021
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Amazing surgeon. Explained everything well and made my worry’s go away. Was very direct and I felt great after surgery.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
No results
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Daniel Uribe – Oct 29, 2020
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Dr. Johnston is great. My surgery went well. He has a great bed side manner. Excellent surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Feb 18, 2020
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Dr. Johnson is very professional with a wealth of knowledge. He explains everything and listens to any concerns or questions. If I need a surgeon in the future, there is but only one choice... Dr. Johnson.
What went well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Feb 13, 2020
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Everyone was very nice and professional - I would highly recommend Dr. Johnston and his staff.
What went well
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Feb 12, 2020
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My experienced was rushed because I came in via the ER. The only thing I would say that I would improve upon is the fact that my belly post operatively was going to remain bloated for some time. I wasn't aware of that and had to be told by a family friend. He was very friendly and that was really nice to have in a surgeon. I might include that the time of day that I was informed that I would be staying another day in the hospital was pretty late. If I wasn't able to afford to stay in the hospital a length, this would have been VERY important information to have known.
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Anthony O. Semprun – Feb 05, 2020
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Dr. Johnston was a great surgeon. He diagnosed my problem, I had surgery and now I feel better than I have for a few years. Thank you so much Dr. Johnston.
What went well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Martha Hathaway – Jan 08, 2020
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Dr. Johnston was great to work with for my surgery. The procedure went very smoothly and he was thorough in explaining everything and discussion options and expectations. Would highly recommend him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Kent W – Jan 08, 2020
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I would highly recommend Dr. Johnston. His professionalism is beyond compare. The entire office staff was wonderful and made me feel very comfortable during the process.
What went well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dec 18, 2019
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Dr. Johnston performed a robotic surgery to fix my hernia, and everything went great. I was able to manage the pain well with over-the-counter medications. I would strongly recommend him to any of my friends and family.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dec 11, 2019
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Dr Johnston is a really nice caring doctor. My surgery went smoothly and I healed fairly quickly.
What went well
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Darlis – Dec 04, 2019
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Care Philosophy

Cognizant of the needs of others around him as well as his role as a healthcare provider, Dr. Johnston strives to treat his patients as if they were his...Read more

Biography

Dr. Johnston joined the practice of North Dallas Surgical Specialists in 1998. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American...Read more

Specialties

  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

1997
University Of Colorado School Of Medicine
Residency Hospital
1992
University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Medical School
1988
Baylor University College of Medicine
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

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What are Dr. Walter Johnston, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Johnston frequently treats Cholecystitis and Gallstones, Gallstones, and Inguinal Hernia. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Johnston treats.

Where is Dr. Walter Johnston, MD's office located?

Dr. Johnston's office is located at 3600 Shire Blvd Ste 104, Richardson, TX 75082. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Johnston speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

North Dallas Surgical Specs

North Dallas Surgical Specs3600 Shire Blvd Ste 104 Richardson, TX 75082
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    • Mon: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Johnston is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - McKinney

McKinney, TX

74% Patient Experience Rating, 5% higher than the national average

8 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™ (2022)

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Plano

Plano, TX

77% Patient Experience Rating, 8% higher than the national average

13 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence Award™ (2022)

Baylor Scott And White Medical Center Lake Pointe

Rowlett, TX

67% Patient Experience Rating, 2% lower than the national average

Medical City Plano

Plano, TX

74% Patient Experience Rating, 5% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received

Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Richardson, TX

77% Patient Experience Rating, 8% higher than the national average

5 Awards Received

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen

Allen, TX

78% Patient Experience Rating, 9% higher than the national average