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Richard B. Johnston Jr, Jr., MD

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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.

Special Interests

Research Interests

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



1967 - 1970
Children's Hospital Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Fellow in Immunology
Vanderbilt University, BA
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, MD


1963 - 1964
Harvard Medical School Children's Hospital, Assistant Resident
1961 - 1963
Vanderbilt University Hospital, Intern and Assistant Resident in Pediatrics

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