Jonas T. Johnson, MD, FACS

  • Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology

Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology 
The Dr. Eugene N. Myers Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology 
Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine 

Research Interests
1. Head and neck cancer
2. Squamous cell carcinoma
3. Head and neck neoplasms
4. Laryngeal neoplasms
5. Neck dissection
6. Salivary gland neoplasms/thyroid neoplasms
7. Snoring
8. Sleep apnea syndromes
9. Parotid tumors
10. Thyroid cancer

Education & Training

  • Dartmouth College 1968 – undergraduate
  • SUNY Upstate Medical Center – MD 1972
  • Medical College of Virginia – Gen Surgery 1972-1974
  • SUNY Upstate Medical Center – Otolaryngology 1974-1977

Representative Publications

Heron DE, Ferris RL, Karamouzis M, Andrade RS, Deeb EL, Burton S, Gooding WE, Branstetter BF, Mountz JM, Johnson JT, Argiris A, Grandis JR, Lai SY: Stereotactic body radiotherapy for recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck: Results of a phase I dose-escalation trial. Int J Rad Oncol Bio Phys May 21, 2009 [Epub ahead of print]. 2009 Dec 1;75(5):1493-500. PMID: 19464819. 

Agarwal V, Branstetter BF 4th, Johnson JT: Indications for PET/CT in the head and neck. Otolaryngol Clin North Am 41(1):23-49, 2008. 

Walvekar RR, Li RJ, Gooding WE, Gibson MK, Heron D, Johnson JT, Ferris RL: Role of surgery in limited (T1-2, N0-1) cancers of the oropharynx. Laryngoscope 118(12):2129-34, 2008. 

Sharma A, Wayne S, Nikiforova MN, Johnson JT, Walvekar RR: Two sites of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma: Utility of loss of heterozygosity. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 117(8):591-593, 2008. 

Nance MA, Seethala RR, Wang Y, Chiosea SI, Myers EN, Johnson JT, Lai SY: Treatment and survival outcomes based on histologic grading in patients with head and neck mucoepidermoid carcinoma. Cancer 113(8):2082-9, 2008. 

Deleyiannis FW-B, Rogers C, Ferris RL, Lai SY, Kim S, Johnson J: Reconstruction of the through-and-through anterior mandibulectomy defect: Indications and limits of the double-skin paddle fibular free flap. Laryngoscope 118S(8):1329-1334, 2008. 

Davidson HC, Park B, Johnson JT: Papillary thyroid cancer: Controversies in the management of neck metastasis. Laryngoscope 118(12):2161-71, 2008. 

Razfar A, Afifi AA, Manders EK, Myers EN, Johnson JT, Ferris RL, Deleyianis FW-B: Ocular outcomes after gold weight placement and facila nerve resection. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 140(1):82-5, 2009. 

Gokhale AS, McLaughlin BT, Flickinger JC, Beriwal S, Heron DE, Ferris RL, Johnson J, Gibson MK, Argiris A, Smith RP: Clinical and dosimetric factors associated with a prolonged feeding tube requirement in patients treated with chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for head and neck cancers. Ann Oncol 2010 Jan 21(1)145-51 [Epub 2009 Jul 14] PMID 19602566. 

Cano ER, Lai SY, Caylaki F, Johnson JT, Ferris RL, Carrau RL, Snyderman CH, Gooding WE, Simenthal AA, Myers EN: Management of squamous cell carcinoma of the base of tongue with chemoradiation and brachytherapy. Head Neck 2009 Apr 29 [Epub ahead of print]. Nov 31(11);1431-8, 2009. PMID 19405086. 

Seethala RR, Johnson JT, Barnes EL, Myers EN: Polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma: The University of Pittsburgh Experience. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 136(4):385-92, 2010. PMID 20403856. 

Passero VA, Branstetter BF, Shuai Y, Heron DE, Gibson MK, Lai SY, Kim SW, Grandis JR, Ferris RL, Johnson JT, Argiris A: Response assessment by combined PET/CT scan v CT scan alone using RECIST in patients with locally advanced head and neck cancer treated with chemoradiotherapy. Ann Oncol, Apr 29, 2010 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 20430907. 

Eppsteiner R, Shin JJ, Johnson J, VanDam RM: Mechanical compression versus subcutaneous heparin therapy in postoperative and post-trauma patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. World J Surg August 2009. DOI 10.1007/s00268-009-0284-z.

Gourin CG, Johnson JT: A contemporary review of indications for primary surgical care of patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Laryngoscope Aug 28, 2009 [Epub ahead of print] 119(11):2124-2134, 2009. PMID: 19718757. 

McLaughlin BT, Gokhale AS, Shuai Y, Diacopoulos J, Carrau R, Heron DE, Smith R, Gibson MK, Ferris RL, Grandis JR, Johnson JT, Argiris A: Management of patients treated with chemoradiotherapy for head and neck cancer without prophylactic feeding tubes: The University of Pittsburgh experience. Laryngoscope 2009 Oct 29 [Epub ahead of print].2010 Jan; 120(1):71-5. PMID 19877245. 

Walvekar RR, Andrade P, Seethala RR, Gooding WE, Heron DE, Johnson JT, Ferris RL: Clinicopathologic features are stronger prognostic factors than histology or grade in risk stratification of primary parotid malignancies. Head Neck in press, February 2010. 

Oliver CL, DeVita MA, Dunwoody CJ, Johnson JT, Sok JC, Simmons RL: Patient safety on the otolaryngology service: The role of an established rapid response system. Qual Saf Health Care Dec 18(6):495-9, 2009. 

Rivera-Serrano CM, Branstetter BF 4th, Johnson JT: Osteoblastoma of the hyoid bone. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol Nov 26, 2009 [Epub ahead of print]; 31(6):1080-1, 2010. PMID 19942701. 

Deleyiannis FW-B, Clavijo-Alvarez JA, Pullikkotil B, Zamoun R, Behringer T, Cong TW, Rubin JP, Johnson J, Simmons RL: Prevention of venous thromboembolsim in patients undergong osteocutaneous free flap reconstruction: Lack of adherence to the American College of Chest Physicians Consensus Guidelines. In preparation, February 2010. 

Johnson JT, Ferris RL, Grandis JR, Heron D, Feinstein T, Lai SY, Myers EN, Gooding WE, Lenzer _: Prognostic factors in patients with high risk locally advanced salivary gland cancers treated with surgery and postoperative radiotherapy. Head Neck in press, March 2010. 

Argiris A, Heron DE, Smith R, Kim S, Gibson M, Lai S, Branstetter BF, Posluszny D, Wang L, Seethala R, Dacic S, Gooding W, Grandis JR, Johnson JT, Ferris RL: Induction docetaxel, cisplatin, and cetuximab followed by concurrent radiotherapy, cisplatin, and cetuximab and maintenance cetuximab in patients with locoregionally advanced head and neck cancer. In press JCO September 2010. 

Johnson JT: Fine-needle aspiration of neck masses. Clinical Procedures. eMedicine from WebMD. 

Johnson JT: Neck, cysts. Otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery. 

Research Grants

SPORE (Specialized Project of Research Excellence) – Project 1, Core A, Core B