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Department Colorectal Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Advanced Operative Laparoscopy
  • Anorectal Fistula Treatment
  • Anorectal Surgery
  • Anoscopy
  • Appendectomy
  • Cancer Center
  • Colectomy
  • Colon And Rectal Surgical Procedures
  • Colon Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer - Prevention
  • Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis
  • Colorectal Cancer Research
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies
  • Colorectal Cancer Treatment
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Colostomy
  • Consultation for Complicated Colon and Rectal Disease
  • Fecal Diversion
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Ileoanal Pouch
  • Ileoscopy
  • Ileostomy
  • Inherited Colon Cancer Risk Assessment
  • Intestinal Stomas
  • J Pouch
  • Laparoscopic Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colon Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Fecal Diversion
  • Laparoscopic Ileocolectomy
  • Laparoscopic J-pouch Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Proctosigmoidectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Digestive Diseases
  • Laparoscopy
  • Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery
  • Pelvic Pouch Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis
  • Polypectomy
  • Pouchendoscopy
  • Proctectomy
  • Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Rectal Ultrasound
  • Rectoplexy
  • Rectum Reoperative Abdominopelvic Surgery
  • Re-Do Rectal Surgery
  • Reoperative Abdominal and Pelvic Surgery
  • Reoperative Abdominal Surgery
  • Reoperative Pelvic Surgery
  • Reoperative Surgery
  • Resection of Colon and Rectal Diseases
  • Rigid Sigmoidoscopy
  • Robotic Colorectal Surgery
  • Robotic Female Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Rubber Band Ligation Of Hemorrhoids
  • Second Opinion
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Stoma Surgery
  • Strictureplasty
  • Surgery
  • Surgery For Carcinoma Of The Colon
  • Surgery For Crohn's Disease
  • Surgery for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Surgery for Fecal Incontinence
  • Surgery for Pilonidal Cyst
  • Surgery for Rectal Prolapse
  • Surgery for Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Surgical Management for Ulcerative Colitis
  • Surgical Treatment for Mucosal Ulcerative Colitis
  • Total Abdominal Colectomy
  • Treatment for Anal Fissure
  • Treatment for Anal Fistula
View all 80 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Adhesions
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Adenomas
  • Adenomatous Polyps
  • Anal Abscesses
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Dysplasia
  • Anal Fissures
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Itching
  • Anal Pain
  • Anorectal Disease
  • Anorectal Fistula
  • Benign Anorectal Disease
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Cancer
  • Cancer of the Colon, Rectum and Anus
  • Carcinoma of the Colon
  • Carcinoma of the small and large bowel
  • Collagenous Colitis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Diseases
  • Colon Polyps
  • Colonic Neoplasia
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colovaginal Fistula
  • Colovesticle Fistula
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Diverticulum
  • Enterocutaneious Fistula
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Fap
  • Female Incontinence
  • Fissure
  • Genital Warts
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hereditary Non Polyposis Colorectal Cancer
  • Hirschsprung's Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Fistula
  • Intestinal Fistulae
  • Intestinal Ischemic Syndrome
  • Juvenile Polyposis
  • Large Bowel Cancer
  • Large Intestine Cancer
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender LGBT Health
  • Perianal Ulcer
  • Peutz- Jeghers Syndrome
  • Pilonidal Cyst
  • Proctitis - Care & Treatment
  • Rectal Abscess
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectal Vaginal Fistula
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stoma Related Problems
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Volvulus
View all 62 Specialties +


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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 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.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 10/4/2021, 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.

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* 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

154 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

24 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Outstanding care by Dr. Eric Johnson, His staff helping the procedure could not have been more friendlier! Cleveland Clinic is the best.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2022

The doctor was very nice when I asked him questions about my preparation routine. He also made sure I was given proper pain medication and I made it through the procedure without any issues.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2022

Dr. Johnson has always taken his time with me. He makes sure that all of my questions are answered. I truly appreciate him. He follows through on everything that he says he is going to do. He is straight forward and honest. I feel that he truly cares.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2022

If we are just talking about Dr. Johnson's office, I think it is fantastic.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Dr. Johnson was very polite, respectful, and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Dr Johnson is probably one of the most competent and knowledgeable Dr's I have seen during this stage of my life. His assistant and nurse were fantastic as well.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

Yes, to recommending Dr. Johnson to family and friends.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2021

Dr Johnson is a brilliant surgeon and I am so thankful he did my siurgery

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Dr Johnson was phenomenal and made me feel extremely comfortable. I didn't experience a panic attack which has been the norm since I was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Any Dr who when asking if you understand a procedure you've had before adds "I'm not trying to be condescending" get it. Well done.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

I so appreciate Dr. Eric Johnson's effort, expertise, and diagnosis.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

*Dr. Johnson's team was very professional!!

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Dr Johnson was amazing! He actually listened to my concerns instead of jumping to conclusions. I'm glad I followed my gut and got a 2nd opinion from what my prior CCF provider diagnosed. He had me spending hundreds of dollars of medications that Dr Johnson said would actually make my condition worse. I have been in discomfort for 3 years now and spent over $1k on meds that had no chance of helping me. Dr Johnson was thorough and I never felt rushed or that I wasn't being heard. What a relief!

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Dr. Johnson and his staff are very polite professional and competent

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

A very good Doctor.Good bedside manner

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

Dr. Johnson and the surgical team were awesome. We talked through all the options before the operation and it went very smoothly. The whole process was easy to navigate and everything started on time. A great experience and it's not a surprise that the Cleveland Clinic is one of the top hospitals in the world.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

Dr. Johnson and I talked through the procedure and possible outcomes. Very informative and detailed.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

I never spoke to the doctor after I went under. He was not there to go over the procedure and results when I woke from anesthesia, though he did speak with my partner. The resident (?) who was with the nurses before hand did seem concerned about the bad reaction I had to the IV insertion and my subsequent violent vomiting. He was more concerned and attentive to me than the nursing staff was.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Felt very comfortable with Dr and staff.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

From my first contact with CC I felt like everyone I talked to had a vested interested in me as a person.......not simply another patient. Dr. Johnson was direct, thorough, but not rushed.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

COMMUNICATION!!! From Dr. Johnson to the PCNAs, it seemed as if they were all aware of my situation and what was needed to get me treated.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Dr Johnson did a great job of making me comfortable through the process. Outstanding surgeon!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Dr. Eric Johnson was wonderful, he explained to us so many things regarding my health issues with earnest concern .. I had been to a couple of other Doctors an nothing was explained to my husband an I the way that Dr. Johnson explained it.. now I have a decision to make .. Thankful I have him in my corner..

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

the consultation with Dr Johnson was very helpful to make my decision he explained everything in detail and in terms I understand exactly what was needed

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