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Dr. Khaliah A. Johnson

Dr. Khaliah A. Johnson, MD

Khaliah Johnson received her medical degree at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA in 2007. She then went on to train in General Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Her desire to serve children and families facing complex, life-threatening illness lead her to pursue fellowship training in Pediatric Palliative Care at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Upon completing her fellowship in 2012, Dr. Johnson joined the Pediatric Advanced Care Team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to help expand pediatric palliative care services available to children in Georgia. She now serves as Division Chief for Pediatric Palliative care at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University’s Department of Pediatrics and spends part of her clinical time at Grady, providing palliative care within the Women and Youth Clinic at IDP. Dr. Johnson’s particular career interests are in community-based pediatric care, health equity, healthcare advocacy, and developing strategies to improve access to high-quality palliative care services for marginalized populations.

Dr. Johnson was recently named a 2021 Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar. Her commitment to serving the underserved extends to her personal life as well, as she consistently remains engaged in outreach to youth and the homeless through volunteer efforts and church ministries and is the founder of a non-profit initiative in rural Kenya. She is the mother of a spirited six-year-old boy, Aubrey. Khaliah and her family reside in the Historic West End of Atlanta.


  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Pediatrics


  • Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia


  • Emory

Education & Training

  • Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Residency: John Hopkins School of Medicine


Husain A, Johnson K, Glowacki CA, Osias J, Wheelless CR Jr, Asrat K, Ghebrekidan A, Polan ML. Surgical management of complex obstetric fistula in Eritrea. J Womens Health. 2005 Nov; 14 (9): 839-44.

Turan JM, Johnson K, Tesfamariam I, Polan, ML. Experiences of women seeking medical care for obstetric fistula in Eritrea: Implications for prevention, treatment, and social reintegration. Global Public Health 2007 Jan; 2 (1): 64-77.

Johnson K, Turan JM, Hailemariam L, Mengsteab E, Jena D, Polan ML. The role of counseling for obstetric fistula patients: lessons learned from Eritrea. Patient Educ Couns 2010 Aug; 80 (2): 262-5. Epub 2010 Jan 19.

Chandler HK, Teppa B, Johnson K, McCracken C, Fortenberry JD, Padden M. Determining comorbidities and quality of life amongst pediatric survivors of extracorporeal life support. J Crit Care 2015 June; 30 (5): 1085-1089.

Johnson, K. Trends in Pediatric Palliative Care. PedPalASCNET 2018 March; (3).

Darrington S, Paquette E, Johnson K. Cross-cultural interactions and shared decision-making. Pediatrics 2018 Nov. 2018 Nov;142(Suppl 3):S187-S192.

Brock KE, Allen KE, Barton C, Shapiro R, Weintraub B, Wasilewski-Masker K, Escoffery C, Johnson K. A methodological approach to conducting a statewide community needs assessment of pediatric palliative care and hospice resources. J Pain Symptom Manage 2020 Apr 15;S0885-3924(20)30199-8.

Johnson K, Allen KE, West W, Wasilewski-Masker K, Escoffrey C, Brock K. Strength, gaps, and opportunities: results of a state wide community needs assessment of pediatric palliative care and hospice resources. J Pain Symptom Manage 2020 Apr 15; S0885- 3924(20)30202-5.

Johnson K, Quest T, Curseen K. Will you hear me? Have you heard me? Do you see me? Adding cultural humility to resource allocation and priority setting discussions in the care of African American patients with COVID-19. J Pain Symptom Manage 2020 Nov; 60(5): e11-e14.

Johnson K. Advance care planning in pediatric serious illness: centering in the family experience. Pediatrics 2021 June; 147(6): e2020048660

DeGroote NP, Allen KE, Falk EE, Velozzi-Averhoff C, Wasilewski-Masker K, Johnson K, Brock KE. Support Care Cancer 2021 August 19 epub.

ohnson K, Morvant A, James K, Lindley L. High impact advocacy: changing pediatric Pediatric hospice and palliative care through Medicaid partnerships. Pediatrics 2021 Nov;148(5):e2021049968.

Marcewicz L, Kunihiro SK, Curseen KA, Johnson K, Kavalieratos D, Application of Critical Race Theory in palliative care research: a scoping review. J Pain Symptom Mange, accepted, January 2022.

Johnson K. A mother's tears. Ann Fam Med. Under review, January 2022.