Eli Johnson, MD

Eli Johnson


Stanford University School of Medicine, MD, 2020
New York University, BS, Neuroscience, 2014

Honors and Awards

2019 Gold Humanism Honor Society

2018 Society for Neuroscience, Neuroscience Scholars Program Fellowship

2018 Travel Grant, European Molecular Biology Lab (EMBL)

2018 Stanford Society of Physician Scholars (SSPS) Research Grant. Project title: “Role of Systemic Cyclophosphamide Treatment in Improving Survival from Leptomeningeal Metastasis”

2018 Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF), Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship. Project title: “Characterization of Immune Cells Associated with Lung-to-Brain Metastases”

2017 Travel Grant, Stanford School of Medicine

2017 Stanford Society of Physician Scholars Research Grant. Project title: “Role of CEACAM6 in Lung Cancer Leptomeningeal Metastases”

2017 Stanford Medical Scholars Grant. Project title: “Characterization of Immune Cells Associated with Breast-to-Brain Metastases”

2016 Stanford Medical Scholars Grant. Project title: “Targeting CCL2 in a Breast Cancer Brain Metastasis Cell Line”

2014 Founder’s Day Award, New York University

2013 Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Research Initiative. Project Title: “Emotional Arousal Predicts Intertemporal Choice”

2012 Travel Grant, New York University, Global Health Initiative

Research Interests

Neuro-oncology, immunology, and medical economics


Piano, basketball, cooking, traveling, and running 

Journal Publications

Azad, T. D., Feng, A. Y., Mehta, S., Bak, A. B., Johnson, E., Mittal, V., Esparza, R., Veeravagu, A., Halpern, C. H. & Grant, G. A. Randomized Controlled Trials in Functional Neurosurgery-Association of Device  Approval Status and Trial Quality. Neuromodulation 23, 496–501 (2020).

Li, Y., Polyak, D., Johnson, E., Yecies, D., Shevidi, S., de la Zerda, A., Gephart, M. H. & Chu, S. Difference-Frequency Ultrasound Imaging With Non-Linear Contrast. IEEE Trans. Med. Imaging 39, 1759–1766 (2020).

Johnson, E.*, Chen, Y.-R.*, Montalvo, C., Stratford, S., Veeravagu, A., Tharin, S., Desai, A., Ratliff, J., Shuer, L. & Park, J. Patient Satisfaction and Press Ganey Scores for Spine Versus Nonspine Neurosurgery Clinics. Clin. spine Surg. 32, E188–E192 (2019).

Dayani, F., Chen, Y.-R., Johnson, E., Deb, S., Wu, Y., Pham, L. & Singh, H. Minimally invasive lumbar pedicle screw fixation using cortical bone trajectory - Screw accuracy, complications, and learning curve in 100 screw placements. J. Clin. Neurosci.  Off. J. Neurosurg. Soc.  Australas. 61, 106–111 (2019).

Shpanskaya, K., Quon, J. L., Lober, R. M., Nair, S., Johnson, E., Cheshier, S. H., Edwards, M. S. B., Grant, G. A. & Yeom, K. W. Diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging of the optic nerves in pediatric hydrocephalus. Neurosurg. Focus 47, E16 (2019).

Lamsam, L., Johnson, E., Connolly, I. D., Wintermark, M. & Hayden Gephart, M. A review of potential applications of MR-guided focused ultrasound for targeting  brain tumor therapy. Neurosurg. Focus 44, E10 (2018).

Johnson, E., Dickerson, K. L., Connolly, I. D. & Hayden Gephart, M. Single-Cell RNA-Sequencing in Glioma. Curr. Oncol. Rep. 20, 42 (2018).

Chen, Y.-R., Sole, J., Ugiliweneza, B., Johnson, E., Burton, E., Woo, S. Y., Koutourousiou, M., Williams, B., Boakye, M. & Skirboll, S. National Trends for Reoperation in Elderly Patients with Glioblastoma. World Neurosurg. (2018) doi:10.1016/j.wneu.2018.01.211.

Pan, J., Quon, J. L., Johnson, E., Lanzman, B., Chukus, A., Ho, A. L., Edwards, M. S. B., Grant, G. A. & Yeom, K. W. Rapid-sequence brain magnetic resonance imaging for Chiari I abnormality. J. Neurosurg. Pediatr. 1–7 (2018) doi:10.3171/2018.2.PEDS17523.

Connolly, I. D., Johnson, E., Lummus, S. & Hayden Gephart, M. Massive Intradural Chondroma Masquerading as Lower Body Parkinsonism. Cureus 10, e2099 (2018).

Azad, T. D., Veeravagu, A., Mittal, V., Esparza, R., Johnson, E., Ioannidis, J. P. A. & Grant, G. A. Neurosurgical Randomized Controlled Trials-Distance Travelled. Neurosurgery 82, 604–612 (2018).

O’Connell, C., Azad, T. D., Mittal, V., Vail, D., Johnson, E., Desai, A., Sun, E., Ratliff, J. K. & Veeravagu, A. Preoperative depression, lumbar fusion, and opioid use: an assessment of postoperative prescription, quality, and economic outcomes. Neurosurg. Focus 44, E5 (2018).

Connolly, I. D., Johnson, E., Lamsam, L., Veeravagu, A., Ratliff, J. & Li, G. Microsurgical vs. Endoscopic Excision of Colloid Cysts: An Analysis of Complications and Costs Using a Longitudinal Administrative Database. Front. Neurol. 8, 259 (2017).

Connolly, I. D., Li, Y., Pan, W., Johnson, E., You, L., Vogel, H., Ratliff, J. & Hayden Gephart, M. A pilot study on the use of cerebrospinal fluid cell-free DNA in intramedullary spinal ependymoma. J. Neurooncol. 135, 29–36 (2017).

Lempert, K. M., Johnson, E. & Phelps, E. A. Emotional Arousal Predicts Intertemporal Choice. Emotion (2016) doi:10.1037/emo0000168.

Book Chapters     

Johnson, E., Chen, Y.R., Shpanskaya, K.S., Harris, O.A., 2017. Intracranial pressure management, Handbook of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Spinal Medicine for Nurses and Advanced Practice Health Professionals. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315382760

Johnson, E., Chen, Y.R., Li,G., 2020. Glial Tumors, Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS): Procedure, Results and Risks.