Johnson Alan

Alan Johnson, MD, MS

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“As a physician, I prioritize understanding my patient’s needs and concerns. You know your situation best, so I strive to listen. When we come to a common understanding, we’ll make good treatment decisions together. I will honor your trust with dedication to your care.”

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Johnson enjoys a broad practice in Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery as well as Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. He cares for patients of all ages including newborns. Special interests include facial trauma & reconstruction, skin cancer surgery, ear surgery including bone-conduction hearing aids, thyroid & parathyroid surgery, facial plastic surgery including functional rhinoplasty, and voice restoration. Dr. Johnson also enjoys an active role in teaching University of Minnesota Otolaryngology residents and medical students.


  • Johnson AW. Dental occlusion ties: A rapid, safe, and non-invasive maxillo-mandibular fixation technology. Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2017 Apr 12;2(4):178-183.
  • Wu FM, Gorelik D, Brenner MJ, Takashima M, Goyal A, Kita AE, Rose AS, Hong RS, Abuzeid WM, Maria PS, Al-Sayed AA, Dunham ME, Kadkade P, Schaffer SR, Johnson AW, Eshraghi AA, Samargandy S, Morrison RJ, Weissbrod PA, Mitchell MB, Rabbani CC, Futran N, Ahmed OG. New Medical Device and Therapeutic Approvals in Otolaryngology: State of the Art Review of 2022. OTO Open. 2024 Jan 22;8(1):e105.
  • Johnson AW, Sidman JD, Lin J. Bioluminescent imaging of pneumococcal otitis media in chinchillas. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2013 May;122(5):344-52.
  • Johnson, AW; Potthoff, SJ; Carranza, L; Swenson, HM; Platt, CR; Rathbun, JR. CLARION: A Novel Interprofessional Approach to Health Care Education. Academic Medicine 81(3):p 252-256, March 2006.

Medical School

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA


  • Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
  • Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology
  • AO Cranio-Maxillo-facial (CMF) North America


  • Certified in Head & Neck Surgery by the American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Certified in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


  • Lead inventor of Minne Ties, an FDA-cleared technology used for jaw fractures and associated surgeries
  • Innovation Fellowship at the Earl E. Bakken Medical Device Center, University of Minnesota


“My family and I enjoy outdoor Minnesota recreation, particularly lake activities, cycling, swimming, camping, and participating in triathlons. My wife and I are proud parents of three active boys.”