Romaine F. Johnson, MD MPH FACS, is the Beth and Marvin "Cob" Culbertson Professor in Pediatric Otolaryngology and the Director of Quality and Safety for the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is also the Editor in Chief of Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology, the Triological Society's open-access journal.

Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree at the Drexel University School of Medicine (formerly MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine). He completed an otolaryngology residency at the Baylor College of Medicine and a pediatric fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Johnson received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Johnson's research interests include pediatric tracheostomy, peritonsillar abscess, subglottic stenosis, obstructive sleep apnea, vocal cord paralysis, quality improvement, and airway simulation. His clinical interests include pediatric aerodigestive disorders.

Dr. Johnson is a Fellow of the Triological Society; the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery; and the American College of Surgeons; as well as an active member of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, the American Broncho-Esophagological Association, the American Laryngological Association, the Harry Barnes Medical Society, the National Medical Association, and the Society of Black Academic Surgeons. He is a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Twitter: @rfjohnson77


Medical School
MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine (1999)
Baylor College of Medicine (2000), General Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine (2004), Otolaryngology
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (2006), Pediatric Otolaryngology
Other Post Graduate Training
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2008)
Graduate School
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2008)

Research Interest

  • Pediatric Airway Disorders
  • Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Pediatric Tracheostomy
  • Quality and Safety


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Congenital nasal pyriform aperture stenosis: Analysis of twenty cases at a single institution.
Shah GB, Ordemann A, Daram S, Roman E, Booth T, Johnson R, Xi Y, Mitchell R, Int. J. Pediatr. Otorhinolaryngol. 2019 Nov 126 109608
Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children With Autism.
Tomkies A, Johnson RF, Shah G, Caraballo M, Evans P, Mitchell RB, J Clin Sleep Med 2019 Oct 15 10 1469-1476
Weight gain velocity as a predictor of severe obstructive sleep apnea among obese adolescents.
Johnson RF, Hansen A, Narayanan A, Yogesh A, Shah GB, Mitchell RB, Laryngoscope 2019 Sep
Tracheostomy in Extremely Preterm Neonates in the United States: A Cross-Sectional Analysis.
Wang CS, Kou YF, Shah GB, Mitchell RB, Johnson RF, Laryngoscope 2019 Sep
Survival analysis and decannulation outcomes of infants with tracheotomies.
Salley J, Kou YF, Shah GB, Mitchell RB, Johnson RF, Laryngoscope 2019 Sep
Perioperative outcomes after tracheoplasty: A NSQIP analysis 2014-2016.
Johnson RF, Eaviz N, Truelson JM, Day AT, Laryngoscope 2019 Sep

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Service Award
    American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (2022-2022)
  • Senior Examiner
    American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (2020-2023)
  • D Magazine Best Doctors
    Let's make Dallas even better (2010-2022)
  • Herbert Silverstein Otology/Neurotology Research Award
    Research grant to study genetic mutations in patients with hearing loss (2005-2005)
  • J. Charles Dickson Award for Outstanding Research
    Awarded for research in Peritonsillar abscess treatment (2003-2003)
  • Dallas Otology Foundation for Resident Research
    Awarded for research in Peritonsillar abscess treatment (2002-2002)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (2004)
  • American Broncho-Esophagological Association (2018)
  • American College of Surgeons (2012)
  • American Laryngological Association (2018)
  • American Society of Pediatric Otolarygology (2012)
  • National Medical Association (2012)
  • Triological Society (2017)