Fabian Johnston, M.D., M.H.S.

Fabian McCartney Johnston, M.D., M.H.S.

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  • Division Chief, Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology
  • Associate Professor of Surgery


Colorectal Cancer, Cytoreductive Surgery, Gastric Cancer, Gastroesophageal Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Gastrointestinal Tumors, General Surgery, Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC), Neuroendocrine Tumors, Pancreatic Cancer, Sarcoma, Stomach Cancer, Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL), Whipple Procedure ...read more

Research Interests

incorporating highly innovative patient-centered models to improve the utilization of palliative care amongst patients with advanced gastrointestinal malignancies; and improving the quality of life for patient populations when they are most severely ill and vulnerable. ...read more

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508
600 N. Wolfe Street
Halsted, Suite 612
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Fax: 443-451-8583


Fabian M. Johnston, M.D., M.H.S., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and Division Chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology and Director of the Complex General Surgical Oncology Program.

Dr. Johnston received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and medical degree from The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He completed residencies at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and earned a Masters in Health Science at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Johnston is funded through a K08 career award from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and he is a coinvestigator on multiple PCORI awards.

His clinical and research interests include the utilization of highly innovative and novel strategies for the implementation of patient-centered models of care to improve the utilization of palliative care amongst patients with advanced gastrointestinal malignancies.

Dr. Johnston holds leadership and committee positions at various organizations, including education committee member for the Association of Academic Surgeons, the Association of Academic Surgeons’ representative for the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons Committee for Surgical Palliative Care. He is also a member of Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, as well as president-elect of the American Association of Surgery.

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  • Division Chief, Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology
  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Oncology

Departments / Divisions

  • Oncology - Cancer Invasion and Metastasis
  • Surgery - Surgical Oncology
  • Surgery at Suburban Hospital

Centers & Institutes



  • MD; Penn State College of Medicine (2004)


  • General Surgery; Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (2006)
  • General Surgery; Saint Louis University School of Medicine (2011)


  • Oncology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2013)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery (General Surgery) (2012)
  • American Board of Surgery (Surgical Oncology) (2015)

Research & Publications

Activities & Honors


  • Psi Chi Honor Society: Psychology Honor Society, 1996
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society: Pre-Med Honor Society, 1999
  • Golden Key Honor Society, 2000
  • BJH Research Grant ($50,000 to study DNA vaccines in Pancreatic Cancer), 2006
  • Finalist AACR-ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, 2007
  • NMA Leadership Fellowship Travel Award, 2007
  • Society of Black Academic Surgeons Leaders Institute, 2014
  • Surgical Oncology Top Doctor, 2022 Baltimore Top Doctor


  • American College of Surgeons, 2005
  • National Medical Association, 2010
  • Society of Surgical Oncology, 2011
  • Society of Black Academic Surgeons, 2010
  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, 2010
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2012
  • Association of Academic Surgeons, 2014
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 2015

Videos & Media

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    HIPEC: What You Need to Know | Fabian Johnston, M.D.

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    #TomorrowsDiscoveries: Patient Navigators Impact on Patients – Fabian Jonston, M.D., M.H.S.

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