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

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

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  • Director of the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program
  • 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 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. more

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


Fabian M. Johnston, M.D., M.H.S., is an as assistant professor of surgery and co-director of the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program. Dr. Johnston’s areas of clinical expertise include colorectal cancer, cytoreductive surgery, gastric cancer, gastroesophageal cancer, gastrointestinal cancers and tumors, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), neuroendocrine tumors, pancreatic cancer, and sarcoma.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Johnston was assistant professor of Surgery at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and earned his 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 performed fellowships at Washington University in St. Louis, and Johns Hopkins University, where he also earned his master’s degree.

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. 

Dr. Johnston’s research interests include 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. more


  • Director of the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program
  • Chief of Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology
  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Oncology

Departments / Divisions

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

Centers & Institutes



  • MD, Penn State College of Medicine (2004)


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


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Oncology (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


  • 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

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

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

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Jamaican, Dr. Fabian Johnston Leads Cancer Research Program at Johns Hopkins

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