Dr. Johnson is currently Associate Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He regularly performs surgeries at Children's Health. He is the Medical Director for the Children's Health Airway Management Program. He is also director the Pediatric Flexible Endoscopic Swallowing (FEES)/ and Pediatric Voice Clinic at Children's Medical Center Dallas. Dr. Johnson has specialized training in pediatric otolaryngology, and his practice focuses on those patients. He has a particular interest in pediatric aerodigestive disorders such as subglottic stenosis, vocal cord paralysis, chronic hoarseness, aspiration, and feeding problems. Dr. Johnson is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, attended Central High School of Philadelphia, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University School of Medicine (formerly MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine). He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed his Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship at the Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of numerous publications and regularly presents at national meetings. He also has a keen interest in public health and obtained a Master’s of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University


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
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
Perioperative outcomes after tracheoplasty: A NSQIP analysis 2014-2016.
Johnson RF, Eaviz N, Truelson JM, Day AT, Laryngoscope 2019 Sep
Sutureless vs sutured posterior costal cartilage grafting in laryngotracheal reconstruction in children.
McClay JE, Brewer J, Johnson R Arch. Otolaryngol. Head Neck Surg. 2011 Dec 137 12 1276-9
Cricotracheal Resection in children under 2 years old
Johnson RF, Rutter MJ, Cotton RT, Vijayasekeran S, White DR. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol February 2008 117(2) 110-2

Honors & Awards

  • Senior Examiner
    American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (2020-2023)
  • D Magazine Best Doctors
    Let's make Dallas even better (2010-2019)
  • 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 Broncho-Esophagological Association (2018)
  • Triological Society (2017)
  • American College of Surgeons (2012)
  • American Society of Pediatric Otolarygology (2012)
  • National Medical Association (2012)
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (2004)