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By Jim Powell
An injury suffered by a former Yukon High School football player led him to work in the field of orthopedic surgery at a private Oklahoma City hospital. Dr. Brandon Johnson grew up in Yukon, graduating from YHS in 2000. He played defensive back and was on the team that was second in the state for the 1998 season. “I was just big enough to play football but not so big that I wasn’t getting hurt all the time,” he quipped. “That’s actually how I ended up being an orthopedic surgeon.”
Johnson was injured his senior year and had to have surgery on his shoulder. That’s when he met his future partner in orthopedic surgery at Oklahoma Sports Science and Orthopedics, at N.W. 63rd and Broadway Extension, where he works now.
“He fixed my shoulder and we hit it off and I got a job working with him in college,” Johnson said. “He encouraged me to be an orthopedic surgeon; sort of got me set on that track.” Johnson attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and did his residency in orthopedic surgery at the OU Health Sciences Center.
The former Miller also spent a year in Los Angeles in order to practice sports medicine, a sub-specialty that involves the care of athletes and minimally invasive surgery such as knee reconstruction and hip arthroscopy. He spent that year gaining sub-specialty knowledge in sports medicine because he wanted to “take care of athletes” and while there Johnson picked up some world class experience. “The year that I spent in Los Angeles was focused on taking care of professional soccer players like the U.S. men’s national team,” Johnson said of the experience that also included the care of two professional Los Angeles soccer teams.
It may be 14 years since Johnson roamed the defensive backfield on the Miller football team but the “apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” as his nephew, current YHS senior Tucker Doyle, has been a starter on the Miller squad the past three years.