Dr. Laura Johnston currently serves as the Clinical Director and Clinic Chief of the Blood & Marrow Transplantation Division and specializes in Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD), exploring prevention and treatment of acute and chronic GVHD via clinical trials. She conducts and develops clinical research trials in allogeneic and autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) for hematologic malignancies: acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), myeloproliferative disease, non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), Hodgkin disease, myelodysplasia and aplastic anemia.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Medical Education: University of Minnesota School of Medicine (1989) MN
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology (2016)
  • Fellowship: UCSF Medical Center (1995) CA
  • Residency: UCSF Medical Center (1992) CA
  • Internship: UCSF Medical Center (1990) CA
  • BS, University of MN, Microbiology (1982)
  • MD, University of MN, Medicine (1989)

  • Member, BMT Inpatient Utilization Task Force (2012 - Present)
  • Chairperson, BMT Review Committee (2011 - Present)
  • Member, Department of Medicine Quality Council (2011 - Present)
  • Member, Clinically Active Physician Council (2010 - Present)
  • Member, Kaiser/SHC BMT Strategic Alliance for Adult Blood and Marrow/Peripheral Stem Cell Transplantation Work Group (2010 - Present)
  • Preceptor, Ambulatory Medicine Clerkship Med 313 students (2009 - Present)
  • Mentor, Stanford Immersion in Medicine Program (2008 - Present)
  • Member, American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (1996 - Present)
  • Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology (1992 - Present)
  • Member, American Society of Hematology (1992 - Present)

Administrative Appointments
  • BMT Cancer Care Program Physical Lead, Stanford Cancer Institute (2010 - Present)
  • Clinic Chief, Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation Stanford University Medical Center (2001 - Present)
  • Clinical Director, Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation Stanford University Medical Center (2009 - Present)


Clinical Trials

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Practice Locations

Blood and Marrow Transplant Program (BMT) - 900 Blake Wilbur Drive Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive, 2nd Floor

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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(87 reviews)

Wonderful Doctor. She walked me through one scariest time in my life. I found out I had cancer on Christmas Eve of 2023. If it wasn’t for her excellent skills and perfect bedside manner I would never made through the BMT. She explained every step of the way to me on daily visit. I thank her and Stanford for saving my life. I have survived long enough to see me dreams come to fruition. I made iit to my daughter wedding and I live on for this Christmas. I am no longer in excruciating pain. My life has returned to normal with more energy and a greater appreciation for life. Thank you Stanford thank you Dr. Johnson have a merry Christmas
Right now my current care with Kaiser and the oncologist has left me lost, unheard and confused. After talking to Dr. Johnston my feelings were validated and she assured me that she wants to look into my treatment and gave me hope by saying she wants me to come to Stanford to work with the multiple myeloma team. She showed genuine concern and gave me hope again. She is a light at the end of dark tunnel.
Dr Johnston has been a wonderful, caring Doctor throughout my transplant and recovery.
Wonderful bedside manner I wish more Doctors could be like her
She is a fantastic doctor!
Very comfortable and knowledgeable
Wonderful Doctor. She helped to save my life. Plus she has been very resourceful is there is something wrong.
Dr. Laura Johnston is a great doctor
Dr Johnston is a caring good doctor and a fine person.
Thank you Dr. Johnston for my annual (video appt) checkup and for asking how I'm doing.
Thank you
Great Dr very clear with all her information and answering questions
Dr. Laura Johnston is knowledgeable, helpful, and caring, and took the time to become aware of my health record, asked what I felt were excellent questions, and gave understandable answers. The other (Dr. Jackson?)exhibits these same great qualities and was a great help and caring.
Dr. Johnston is a clear communicator who answers questions frankly and helps put me at ease. She is an outstanding doctor.
Dr. Johnston is very friendly and personable, goes over medical history and any new developments with you and takes her time to answer any and all questions.
Very pleasant and informative. Thank you Dr. Johnston!
Dr. Johnston is very knowledgeable and takes her time to explain things and answer questions.
Outstanding bedside manner from all
Great Doctor
Dr Johnston and her assistant Donna Weimer are incredible people and professionals
Dr Johnston has been a wonderful, caring doctor. Always explaining everything clearly.
I met with 3 different people. All were professional and thorough.
Wonderful Doctor
Dr. Laura Johnston is one of the finest physicians that I have had the pleasure to work with and the entire staff team that I came in contact with at Stanford hospital were all exceptionally kind and professional.
Though Dr. Johnston was standing in for Dr. Myer, she was very knowledgeable and up to speed on my medical history and treatments. Great!!!
Dr Johnston is awesome. And those that assist are as well.
Treated very well by all staff
Excellent Dr we are very pleased with her
Dr Johnston is competent, caring and informative
Dr. Johnston is wonderful.
Very professional and a caring health care provider. I would highly recommend Dr Johnston to others.
She is outstanding
She answered all my questions and I was pleased with the visit.
She is fantastic, open and honest and is always very upbeat.
She seems very professional and to the point.At first impression seamed a little a cold but then, in having more dealings with her I have learned she is warm, friendly, with a good sense of humor and has been exceptional in my treatment. Thank You Doctor Johnston!
Excellent job very happy with my care
she is a very nice person and M.D.
Dr. Laura Johnston is one of my favorite physicians of all time.
Dr. Johnston has been a wealth of information from my start of BMT Treatment. In fact, the whole procedure was very well coordinated which helped me get through each day. I was very nervous about certain procedures but Dr. Johnston and her awesome staff gave me confidence, knowing I was in good hands. Thank you all
I am very pleased with the care of Dr. Johnston and Donna Reimer and the entire team.
She is very caring and concerned about you as a patient
I enjoyed my visit with Dr.Johnston
She was very personable and gave me very good news about my stem cell transplant and my prognosis. Answered all of my questions. I am ecstatic.
She is very professional
Dr. Johnston is always friendly, pleasant and takes the time to listen to patient's questions and answers them to the best of her knowledge.
Very good Dr trusted her with my life.
Dr Johnston is an excellent communicator.of the details about stem cell transplant. I appreciate the time she took explaining the process.
Dr. Johnson is very thorough above my condition and is very aware of how to treat my condition at this time we have been working with each other for 23 years she is very knowledgeable of all my health conditions and with my other doctors I am very well pleased with her thank you
Dr. Johnston is terrific!
Doctor Laura Johnston is great. She explained and answered my questions patiently. Not in a rush.
She's an excellent doctor and explains everything very well. Always makes sure you know what to expect and why!
Dr. Johnston was clear and forthcoming about the procedure, process and survivability of MM.
Dr Laura Johnston is awesome and easy to talk to.
We can not say how amazing the team has been and supper supportive.
Everyone at Stanford who took care of me were outstanding.
Dr. Johnston is simply the best! I am very FORTUNATE to have her as my BMT doctor.
Dr. Johnston is excellent!
Dr. Johnston is a fantastic physician, I am lucky she is my doctor!
Very good experience.
I could not imagine having a more caring, professional, compassionate medical care anywhere. I have been so blessed to have Dr. Johnson & Dr. Martin and staff. Infusion staff outstanding!!!
Dr. Johnston is excellent in all categories!
She can be very off putting, a bit gruff and not very personable. But she's OK, not great, would probably not recommend.
Dr. Johnston is an excellent oncologist who is more than a physician, she is a healer.
1st visit with her, positive impression.
Dr. Johnston is a good listener.
Everyone who cares for cancer patients went beyond their duties to make me comfortable.
Professional people, through and through. Where do they get these caring people?
I always look forward to seeing Dr. Johnston.
All good.
Dr. Johnston is a very caring and competent doctor. I am grateful that she is as she IS. I am hoping that she stays as close to patients as she is.
Very knowledgeable & very good in providing treatment, very concern about the patients.
First meeting need another experience
Good care from everyone involved.
Dr. Laura Johnston probably the best doctor I have ever had and I have had 23 surgeries.
Dr. Laura Johnston is the "best" and I'm grateful for being with her.
My initial visit re: transplant very caring staff from top to bottom.
Dr. Johnston seems extremely knowledgeable, competent & concerned.
It is always a good experience with Dr. Johnston - I feel she really has my back. She is the best.
Dr. Johnston is "on top" of the game being played - "doctoring."
I wish all my doctors had such good rapport.
I think I am very lucky to have Dr. Johnston as my doctor. She represents Stanford well!
Everyone @ the Cancer Center has always been sensitive to the frightful journey we patients are going through. Dr. Johastoa is awesome! She is thorough, thoughtful and she explains issues in a simple/ non-medical way.

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