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

Professional Education
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology (2016)
  • Medical Education: University of Minnesota School of Medicine Registrar (1989) MN
  • 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)

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

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

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

Make An Appointment More Clinic Information » Getting Here »

Patient Ratings

(47 Ratings)

Overall Rating

View Ratings by Category

Friendliness/courtesy of CP
CP explanations of prob/condition
CP concern for questions/worries
Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care
CP efforts to include in decisions
Clear Communication
CP spoke using clear language
Time Spent
Patients' confidence in CP
Recommend to others
Likelihood of recommending CP
Wait times
Wait time at clinic

How Our Ratings Work

The Patients Ratings and comments are gathered from our Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety.

Patient Satisfaction Survey Disclaimer

Patient Reviews

(49 reviews)

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.

View More »

Referring Physicians

  • Send referrals online
  • View referral status
  • Access medical records