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Division of Renal-Electrolyte

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photo James R. Johnston, MD


Emeritus Professor of Medicine

Director, Renal Fellowship Program

Clinical Director, Renal-Electrolyte Division

Director, Academy of Master Educators


Phone: 412-647-6821

Office: A915 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-647-6821
Fax: 412-647-6222
Administrative Assistant:
Jane Wuenschel
Address: Presby Hospital
200 Lothrop Street, C1108
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-8394
Fax: 412-805-6852
Education and Training
BS, The Pennsylvania State University, 1975
M.D., The University of Pittsburgh, 1979
Chief Resident, Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, 1982
Research/Clinical Fellowship, Harvard University, 1986
Research Interest
Dr. Johnston collaborates with colleagues in the Division on clinical studies in peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis based renal replacement therapy. Mentor for Dr. Helbert Rondon’s Master Thesis Hyponatremia education.
Clinical Interest
In the area of medical care he has been selected numerous times as one of America's Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America.
Educational Interest
Dr. Jamie Johnston is Professor of Medicine in the department of medicine and renal-electrolyte division. He serves as director of the renal fellowship training program, director of clinical services for the renal-electrolyte division and is the director of the Academy of Master Educators. He teaches at all levels of medical education from the undergraduate honors college through Post graduate medical education. His efforts in education have been recognized with a National Golden Apple Teaching Excellence award from the American Medical Student Association, The Dean’s Master Educator Award, The Sheldon Adler Award for Innovation in medical Education and the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Teaching award as well as 16 Excellence in Education awards and seven University of Pittsburgh Golden Apple awards from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) medical Students.
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Selected Publications:
Bansal, S., Sheth, H., Siddiqui, H., Bender, F.H., Johnston, J.R., Piraino, B. Incidence of encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis at a single U.S. university center. Advances in Peritoneal Dialysis. 2010; 26: 75-81.
Abdel-Kader, K., Fischer, G.S., Johnston, J.R., Gu, C., Moore, C.G., Unruh, M.L. Characterizing pre-dialysis care in the era of eGFR reporting: a cohort study. BMC Nephrology. 2011; 12: 12.
Stoler, G.B., Johnston, J.R., Stevenson, J.A., Suyama, J. Preparing emergency personnel in dialysis: a just-in-time training program for additional staffing during disasters. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2013; 7(3): 272-7.
Colozzo, P., Gillam, R.B., Wood, M., Schnell, R.D., Johnston, J.R. Content and form in the narratives of children with specific language impairment. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research. 2011; 54(6): 1609-27.
Acarlar, F., Johnston, J.R. Acquisition of Turkish grammatical morphology by children with developmental disorders. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders. 2011; 46(6): 728-38.
Dacakis, G., Davies, S., Oates, J.M., Douglas, J.M., Johnston, J.R. Development and preliminary evaluation of the transsexual voice questionnaire for male-to-female transsexuals. Journal of Voice. 2013; 27(3): 312-20.
Shyamsundar, M., McAuley, D.F., Shields, M.O., MacSweeney, R., Duffy, M.J., Johnston, J.R., McGuigan, J., Backman, J.T., Calfee, C.S., Matthay, M.M., Griffiths, M.J., McDowell, C., Elborn, S.J., O'Kane, C.M. Effect of simvastatin on physiological and biological outcomes in patients undergoing esophagectomy: a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Annals of Surgery. 2014; 259(1): 26-31.
Askew, M.L., Muckelrath, H.D., Johnston, J.R., Curtis, K.S. Neuroanatomical association of hypothalamic HSD2-containing neurons with ERa, catecholamines, or oxytocin: implications for feeding?. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. 2015; 9: 91.
Charest, M., Johnston, J.R. Effects of target attributes on children's patterns of referential under- and over-specification. Journal of Child Language. 2016; 43(4): 867-89.
Bhattarai, M., Woytowitz, D.V., Kaldash, H., Bastacky, S., Chen, S.S., Johnston, J.R., Bernardo, J.F. Recurrent Mixed Cryoglobulinemia (MCS): A Case Report and Literature Review. Rhode Island Medical Society. 2013; 98(10): 33-7.