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Neil D. Johnson, MB, BS, MMed, FRANZCR

  • Interventional Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
  • Professor, UC Department of Radiology
  • UC Department of Pediatrics
I teach and practice the principle, 'Do what you would do for your own children and family.'
Neil D. Johnson, MB, BS, MMed, FRANZCR



As a pediatric interventional radiologist, I have a special interest in musculoskeletal lesion biopsies. I also pursue treatment systems improvement, especially for the prevention of injuries that occur from intravenous (IV) therapy placement. I co-led a hospital-level initiative to reduce injuries from peripheral IV therapy. The system we developed at Cincinnati Children’s has now been widely adopted nationally and internationally.

I wanted to be a physician from an early age, and I trained to be a pediatric interventional radiologist in Australia. I am good with visual, 3D and hand-eye coordination, and I use those skills to help sick children and their concerned families. I teach and practice the principle, "Do what you would do for your own children and family."

I practice full-time pediatric interventional radiology, which involves using medical imaging and guidance equipment to perform minimally invasive, surgery-equivalent procedures for children. These procedures include angiography, biopsies and drainage tube placement. In some cases, I do percutaneous (through the skin) treatments such as radiofrequency (heat) ablation of benign bone conditions, which replace more invasive procedures.

The recognitions I’ve received include:

  • 2020 Division of Orthopaedics Highest Orthopaedic Patient Experience (HOPE) award from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for my service to orthopaedic patients
  • 2018 Janet Pettit scholarship from the Association for Vascular Access that recognizes personal and professional qualities exemplify scholarly excellence in the field of neonatal and/or pediatric vascular access
  • 2018 Gold Medal of the Society for Pediatric Radiology

I was also honored in 2012, when the Department of Radiology at Cincinnati Children's established an endowed Chair of Radiology Informatics in my name.

In my free time, I enjoy walking, reading, playing the piano and personal aviation.

MBBS: University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1976.

Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1978-1979.

Pediatric Radiology, University of Rochester - Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY, 1985-1986.

US Radiology Board Certified, 1987; US Board of Radiology, Certificate of Added Qualifications - Pediatric Radiology, 2016 - present.


Pediatric radiology; pediatric interventional radiology; radiology informatics

Services and Specialties

Radiology, Interventional Radiology

Research Areas



Genome-Driven Therapy for Chemotherapy-Resistant Metastatic CDK6-Amplified Osteosarcoma. Lazow, MA; Johnson, SL; Johnson, ND; Breneman, JC; Dexheimer, PJ; Szabo, S; Pressey, JG. JCO Precision Oncology. 2020; 4:498-504.

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