Dr. Tyler Johnson is a physician, author, educator, and humanitarian. At the Stanford University School of Medicine, he has held an appointment as a clinical assistant professor for six years. A medical oncologist, Dr. Johnson sees patients with all types of gastrointestinal malignancies and particularly focuses on patients with neuroendocrine tumors, colon cancer, and pancreas cancer.
Dr. Johnson also serves as a leader of the Stanford inpatient oncology services, including supervising the oncology housestaff service. He is responsible, in conjunction with other leaders, for multiple major improvements in the functioning of Stanford hospital.
Dr. Johnson views the practice of medicine largely as an educational endeavor. To that end, for many years he has taught medical students, residents, and fellows—including hosting them as temporary and longer-term apprentices in his oncology clinic and working with them on the inpatient housestaff oncology service. He emphasizes diversity and inclusion in his mentoring efforts and has worked tirelessly to promote the professional development of medical trainees across the training spectrum--from undergraduates to oncology fellows.
The winner of multiple Stanford Medicine teaching awards, Dr. Johnson has established himself as a regional and increasingly as a national leader and innovator in the education of oncology fellows, including by developing novel teaching methods that have been presented across the country, including at national meetings. He also heads the Stanford oncology department’s curricular development and as part of that had developed a novel curricular approach that centers the needs and teaching abilities of oncology fellows. He also works as one of the principal faculty members of the Stanford Educators-4-CARE program.
Dr. Johnson and his co-host, Henry Bair, became concerned about the loss of a shared sense of meaning in the medical profession and, together, have taught multiple classes in the Medical School and, in the spring of 2022, founded The Doctor's Art podcast. Over the remainder of 2022, this podcast became one of the five most listened-to medical podcasts in the nation, with a growing national and international listenership.
Finally, Dr. Johnson is an author with a growing reputation for insightful analysis of the intersection of medicine, ethics, and spirituality. His writings has been featured by Religion News Service, the Salt Lake Tribune, BYU Studies, Dialogue, and The San Jose Mercury News, where he is a regular contributor.