Richard B. Johnston Jr, MD

Richard B. Johnston Jr
Department of Pediatrics
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  • 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

    Contact Information

    • Office: 877.225.5654



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