Dr. James Johnston, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 47

Dr. Johnston
Accepting new patients

Children's of Alabama

1600 7th Ave S Birmingham, AL 35233

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(205) 638-9653

Dr. James Johnston, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Birmingham, AL and has over 19 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Washington University School Of Medicine medical school in 2002. He is affiliated with medical facilities Children's of Alabama and UAB Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Johnston to book an appointment.

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Hospital Highlight

Dr. Johnston is affiliated with UAB Hospital Birmingham, a highly rated hospital.

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
    Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
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Dr. Johnston's conditions and procedures:

  • Acrocephalosyndactyly
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Injury
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari Malformation Type 2
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Epilepsy
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Interventional Endoscopy
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Repair
  • Low Back Pain
  • Microsurgical Procedure
  • Moyamoya Disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage

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Dr. Johnston accepts the following insurance:

National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Dental Blue 100/200/300
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
MultiPlan PPO
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare

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What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (20)
  • Explained conditions well (20)
  • Listened & answered questions (20)
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed (2)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (2)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (2)
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About Me

Care Philosophy

As a dedicated pediatric neurosurgeon, I strive to provide exceptional, compassionate care for my patients and their families.


  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications


Washington University, St Louis
Fellowship Hospital
Washington University, St Louis
Residency Hospital
Washington University, St Louis
Internship Hospital
Washington University School Of Medicine
Medical School
Washington and Lee University
Undergraduate School


  • English
  • French


Frequently Asked Questions

Is Dr. James Johnston, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. James Johnston, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Johnston frequently treats Acrocephalosyndactyly, Arteriovenous Malformation, and Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). See all procedures and conditions Dr. Johnston treats.

Where is Dr. James Johnston, MD's office located?

Dr. Johnston's office is located at 1600 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. James Johnston, MD speak?

Dr. Johnston speaks French and English. View profile to see all.

Does Dr. James Johnston, MD offer telehealth services?

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Children's of Alabama1600 7th Ave S Birmingham, AL 35233

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Johnston is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Children's of Alabama

Birmingham, AL

UAB Hospital

Birmingham, AL

80% Patient Experience Rating, 11% higher than the national average

11 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018)