Hillary D. Johnson, MD, PhD, FAAD


Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Contact Information

Office: 40033 PFP
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Phone: 319-356-2856



MD/PhD, Immunology - Medical Scientist Training Program, Washington University School of Medicine
BS, Microbiology, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Internship, Preliminary Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Residency, Dermatology, Columbia University School of Medicine
Fellowship, Procedural Dermatology & Mohs Surgery, Columbia University School of Medicine

Licensure and Certifications

Advanced Cardiac Life Support, American Heart Association
Diplomate, American Board of Dermatology
FDNY Certificate of Fitness for supervising non-production chemical laboratories

Research Summary

Dr. Johnson received a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology with Highest Honors at the University of Iowa and then completed her medical education and doctorate in immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. After her research on the molecular pathways immune cells use to fight cancer, Dr. Johnson decided to focus on patients with a high risk of developing skin cancer. Following an internship in internal medicine in Boston and training in dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine, she completed a two-year fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and procedural dermatology at the Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. While in training, she initiated one of the first research projects assessing patient safety and quality of care in the field of dermatology. Dr. Johnson’s collective research interests in cutaneous oncology, surgical reconstruction, and patient safety continue to grow. She is a published author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and is a frequent lecturer at universities and national meetings of multiple medical specialty associations.

Selected Publications

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Johnson-Jahangir H, Minkis K.  Skin Grafting.  McGraw-Hill Education.  2014. 

Johnson-Jahangir H, Stevenson M, Ratner D.  Modified flap design for symmetric reconstruction of the apical triangle of the upper lip.  Dermatol Surg.  2012 June. 38(6):905-11.

Johnson-Jahangir H, Ratner D.  Advances in management of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans.  Dermatol Clin.  2011 April. 29(2):191-200.

Johnson-Jahangir H.  Patient Safety in Dermatology. An online update.  McGraw-Hill Companies.  2011 January. 

Johnson-Jahangir H, Sherman W, Ratner D.  Using imatinib as neoadjuvant therapy in dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans: potential pluses and minuses.  J Natl Compr Canc Netw.  2010 August. 8(8):881-5.

Elston D, Stratman E, Johnson-Jahangir H, Watson A, Swiggum S, Hanke C.  Patient safety: Part II. Opportunities for improvement in patient safety.  J Am Acad Dermatol.  2009 August. 61(2):193-205; quiz 206.

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