Department Colorectal Surgery
Primary Location Hillcrest Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Anorectal Fistula Treatment
  • Anorectal Surgery
  • Anoscopy
  • Appendectomy
  • Cancer Center
  • Colectomy
  • Consultation for Complicated Colon and Rectal Disease
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Ileoanal Pouch
  • Ileoscopy
  • Inherited Colon Cancer Risk Assessment
  • J Pouch
  • Laparoscopic Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Laparoscopic J-pouch Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery
  • Pelvic Pouch Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis
  • Polypectomy
  • Pouchendoscopy
  • Proctectomy
  • Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Rectal Ultrasound
  • Rectoplexy
  • Re-Do Rectal Surgery
  • Reoperative Abdominal Surgery
  • Reoperative Pelvic Surgery
  • Resection of Colon and Rectal Diseases
  • Rubber Band Ligation Of Hemorrhoids
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Strictureplasty
  • Surgery For Crohn's Disease
  • Surgery for Fecal Incontinence
  • Surgery for Pilonidal Cyst
  • Surgery for Rectal Prolapse
  • Surgery for Rectovaginal Fistula
View all 35 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Adhesions
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anal Abscesses
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Dysplasia
  • Anal Fissures
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Pain
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Cancer
  • Collagenous Colitis
  • Colon Polyps
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulosis
  • Enterocutaneious Fistula
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Female Incontinence
  • Fissure
  • Genital Warts
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hereditary Non Polyposis Colorectal Cancer
  • Hirschsprung's Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Ischemic Syndrome
  • Juvenile Polyposis
  • Large Intestine Cancer
  • Perianal Ulcer
  • Peutz- Jeghers Syndrome
  • Pilonidal Cyst
  • Proctitis - Care & Treatment
  • Rectal Abscess
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectal Vaginal Fistula
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
View all 38 Specialties +


Is Cleveland Clinic Part of Your Insurance?

Review a list of accepted insurance plans for our Northeast Ohio locations or learn more about purchasing a contracted managed care plan.

View All Plans

About Eric Johnson, MD

Dr. Johnson is a colorectal surgeon specializing in complex disorders of the colon, rectum,, small bowel and anus.  He has a particular interest in minimally invasive treatment of these disorders- both robotic and laparoscopic surgery.  While his practice covers the breadth of the colorectal surgical specialty, he has specific interest in the treatment of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and complicated diverticular disease.

Dr. Johnson grew up in the Baltimore/ Washington area and attended undergraduate and medical school at the University of Maryland.  He then moved on to residency in the US Army at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, GA.  From there he completed a colorectal surgery fellowship at the Georgia Colon and Rectal Surgical Clinic. He finished his career in the Army retiring in June of 2016 after serving multiple combat deployments. He has come to the Cleveland Clinic by way of Tacoma Washington.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Northside Hospital
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Roswell, GA USA

Residency - Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center
General Surgery
Fort Gordon, GA USA

Medical Education - UNiversity of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA

Undergraduate - University of Maryland
College Park, MD USA

Professional Highlights

  • B.S. Biology, Physiology and Neurobiology; University of Maryland at College Park; 1994
  • M.D.- University of Maryland School of Medicine; 1999
  • General Surgery Residency- Eisenhower Army Medical Center, graduated 2004
  • Colorectal Surgery Fellowship; Georgia Colon and Rectal Surgical Clinic, graduated 2005
  • Editorial Board: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Surgical Oncology
  • Current Vice Chairman, ASCRS CREST Committee
  • Program Chair: ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting, Nashville, TN 2018
  • Program Chair: NWSCRS Annual Meeting, Sunriver, OR 2014
  • Board Examiner, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • ASCRS Self-Assessment Committee Member
  • Dr. Johnson has given approximately 60 invited lectures
  • Dr. Johnson has published 97 peer reviewed and invited manuscripts- including 18 book chapters and 3 national clinical practice guidelines


  • Surgery - General Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Alexandria S. Xenakis Award- given to the outstanding graduating resident across all GME programs at Eisenhower Army Medical Center- 2004
  • Meritorious Service Medal- 10th Combat Support Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq, 2006
  • Combat Medical Badge, 2nd Ranger Battalion, US Army, 2008
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Special Operations Command, US Army, 2009
  • Bronze Star Award, Joint Special Operations Command, US Army, 2009
  • BG Michael C. Dunn "press on energy" obelisk award, US Army 2013
  • Order of Military Medical Merit, US Army, 2015
  • "A" proficiency designator, US Army, 2015
  • Legion of Merit Award, US Army, 2016


  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Eric Johnson, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 11/12/2020, Dr. Johnson has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

80 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.3
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2020

l had a great experience with Dr Johnson

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

A visit to Dr. Johnson office is always pleasant. He and his staff are very courteous.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Dr.Johnson is a caring professional

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Great doctor. He is thorough, down to earth, and very easy to talk to. And he shows genuine concern for his patients.

Reviewed on May 21, 2020

Dr. Johnson and his staff are very professional. The environment puts the patient at ease.

Reviewed on May 21, 2020

Dr. Johnson always answers my e-mails in a timely fashion and in-person he provides easy to understand explanations.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2020

Dr Johnson literally saved my life. I will always be grateful for that! He is a first rate physician and surgeon.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2020

Dr. Johnson is a true professional

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Dr. Johnson is a great guy. Tells you like it is and does exactly what he says he is going to do. Probably the best surgeon that I have ever had, and I've had a few.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

very good Dr, explained everything to me and was concerned of my progress.Dr. did not rush my appointment. Was wry pleased.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

I would definitely recommend Dr. Johnson.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Dr. Johnson spent time and answered and explained issues so I could understand. Appreciate that!

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Dr. Johnson was very kind and informative. He answered our questions and made me feel very much at ease.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Johnson spent a long time with me, showing me test results, explained what was going on, what he would be able to do to help me, and I came away knowing I could trust him.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

I initially came for a second opinion. My entire experience, from making the appointment, checking in, talking with the nurse then, the doctor, and the nurse afterwards for pre op prep, convinced me that I had done the right thing. I decided to take Dr. Johnson's advice.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

I had never been to a colorectal doctor before and was anxious. Dr. Johnson quickly put me at ease even during the dreaded examination.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

Dr. Eric K. Johnson did a stellar job with my condition. Promptly addressed my issue and I am very grateful and appreciative. I would recommend him to any family member or friend.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

pleasure meeting Doctor Johnson. he made me feel comfortable, and explained everything in a manner that was easy to understand.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

I felt that Dr Johnson was very informative and he spent time with me at the hospital after the surgery. I appreciate that he took the time to talk to me and not rush me through my questions.

Related Videos Featuring Eric Johnson, MD

Related Videos Featuring Eric Johnson, MD

Back to Top