Richard B. Johnston Jr, MD

Richard B. Johnston Jr
Richard B. Johnston Jr, MD, is a pediatric allergist and immunologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Johnston is Chair Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics.
Department of Pediatrics

Special Interests

Research Interests

Physiology and pathology of neutrophils and mononuclear phagocytes; complement; immunodeficiency disease


Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, MD
Vanderbilt University, BA
Harvard Medical School Children's Hospital, Assistant Resident
Vanderbilt University Hospital, Intern and Assistant Resident in Pediatrics
Children's Hospital Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Fellow in Immunology

Awards & Recognition

Editorial Boards
1988-1996: Editor,
1996-Present: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
1994-1998: Pediatric Research,
1981-1984; Assoc Editor
1978-1988: Am Journal of Diseases of Children
1984-1987: Journal of Clinical Immunology
1983-1987: Annual Review of Med
1982-1983: Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
1982-1983: Journal of the Reticuloendothelial Society

Honors & Awards
2008: Distinguished Alumnus, Vanderbilt School of Medicine
2008: John Howland Medal, Am Pediatric Society
2001: National Assoc, Natl Academy of Sciences/Natl Research Council
1981-1987; 1995-1998: Board of Trustees, International Ped Research Foundation (Chairman, 1984-1987; Chairman, 1997-1998)
1996: Pres, Am Pediatric Society (1978)
1995: Chairman, Gordon Research Conference on Phagocytes
1995: Fellow, Am Assoc for the Advancement of Science
1994: Institute of Medicine of the Natl Academy of Sciences
1994: Commissioner’s Special Citation and Harvey W Wiley Medal, FDA
1991: Richard B Johnston, Jr, MD Research Bridge, Univ of Penn
1983: Assoc of American Physicians
1980-1981: Pres, Society for Pediatric Research (1972)
1977: Am Society for Clinical Investigation
1957: Outstanding Male Undergrad, Vanderbilt Univ

Board Certification

American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatric
Infectious Disease

Professional Memberships

1994: American Board of Pediatrics
1981: Society for Leukocyte Biology 
1976: American Society of Hematology
1974: Infectious Diseases Society of America
1973: American Association of Immunologists
1966: American Academy of Pediatrics


Johnston RB Jr. Folic acid: Preventive nutrition for preconception, the fetus, and newborn. NeoReviews 10:e10-e19, 2009 (DOI 10.1542/neo.10-1-e10).

Johnston RB Jr. American Pediatric Society’s 2008 John Howland Lecture: Life goals for academic pediatrics. Pediatr. Res. 64:320, 2008.

Johnston RB Jr. Innate immunity in the newborn: Overcoming fetal lethargy to defend the infant, but at the risk of uncontrolled inflammation. Neonatology 94:232, 2008.

Johnston RB Jr. Will increasing folic acid in fortified grain products further reduce neural tube defects without causing harm?: Consideration of the evidence. Pediatr Res, 63:2, 2008.

Marodi L, Johnston RB Jr. Invasive Candida disease in infants and children: Epidemiologic aspects, risk factors, and innate host defense mechanisms. Curr Opin Pediatr, 19:693, 2007.

Academic Affiliations

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Denver

Associate Dean for Research Development, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Teaching & Professional Positions

2007-2008: Assoc Executive Vice President/Academic Affairs, National Jewish Health

2004-2007: Executive Vice President/Academic Affairs, National Jewish Medical & Research Center

2001-Present: Assoc Dean for Research Development, Univ of Colorado School of Medicine

2000-2001: Consultant to the Dean, Univ of Colorado School of Medicine

1999-Present: Professor of Pediatrics, Univ of Colorado School of Medicine

1999-2002: Pediatric Consultant, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

1994-1998: Chief, Section of Immunology, Dept of Pediatrics, Yale Univ School of Medicine

1992-1999: Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, Yale Univ School of Medicine

1992-1998: Medical Director, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

1986-1990: Physician-in-Chief, Children's Hosp of Philadelphia and Chair, Dept of Pediatrics, Univ Pennsylvania School of Med

1986-1992: William H. Bennett Professor of Pediatrics, Univ of Pennsylvania School of Med

1977-1986: Chairman, Dept of Pediatrics, National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine

1980-1986: Vice Chair, Dept of Pediatrics, Univ of Colorado School of Medicine

1983-1984: Visiting Prof., The Rockefeller University

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