Joseph A. Johnson, M.D.

Joseph A. Johnson, M.D.

Contact Information

Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue
Surgery, Box 140
Rochester, NY 14620

Office: (585) 341-0366
Fax: (585) 341-8326

Professional Bio

Dr. Johnson is an expert in laparoscopic surgery for splenectomy, bowel resections, anti-reflux procedures, hernia repair, gallbladder, thyroid and breast disorders. In addition, Dr. Johnson performs weight loss (bariatric) surgery through the Bariatric Surgery Center at Highland Hospital, one of the top programs in New York State for minimally-invasive weight loss surgery.

Dr. Johnson is the Chief of the Department of Surgery at Highland Hospital. He received his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed his residency training in general surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Johnson is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also actively involved in the Geriatrics Education for Specialty Residents Program (GESR).

Awards & Honors (Local)

Shining Example | Highland Hospital | Rochester 2009
Elethea H. Caldwell, MD Plastic Surgery REsidents Teaching Award | The Division of Plastic Surgery | University of Rochester 2008 - 2000
Shining Example | Highland Hospital | Rochester 2008
President | Rochester Surgical Society 1998 - 2000

Recent Journal Articles

2013 Jun
Campanile FC, Boru CE, Rizzello M, Puzziello A, Copaescu C, Cavallaro G, Silecchia G. "Acute complications after laparoscopic bariatric procedures: update for the general surgeon." Langenbeck's archives of surgery. 2013 Jun; 398(5):669-86. Epub 2013 Mar 22.
2007 Oct
Husain S, Ahmed AR, Johnson J, Boss T, O'Malley W. "Small-bowel obstruction after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: etiology, diagnosis, and management." Archives of surgery. 2007 Oct; 142(10):988-93.
2007 Aug
Ahmed AR, O'Malley W, Johnson J, Boss T. "Cholecystectomy during laparoscopic gastric bypass has no effect on duration of hospital stay." Obesity surgery. 2007 Aug; 17(8):1075-9.
Ahmed AR, Rickards G, Husain S, Johnson J, Boss T, O'Malley W. "Trends in internal hernia incidence after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass." Obesity surgery. 2007 17(12):1563-6. Epub 2007 Nov 15.
2002 Sep
Hendrickson RJ, Koniaris LG, Kovach SJ, Johnson JA. "Gamma probe-confirmed laparoscopic accessory splenectomy." Surgical endoscopy. 2002 Sep; 16(9):1364.

Current Appointments

Chief - Department of Surgery, Bariatric/GI (SMD)
Associate Professor - Department of Surgery, Bariatric/GI (SMD) - Primary


Surgery - American Board of Surgery


MD | Medicine | New York Medical College1988
BS | Biomedical Engineering | Rensselaer Polytech Inst1984

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Residency in General Surgery at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/1989 - 06/30/93
Internship in General Surgery at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/1988 - 6/30/1989