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.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology (2016)
  • Medical Education: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2009) PA
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Hematology and Oncology Fellowship (2016) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University Internal Medicine Residency (2013) CA

Honors & Awards
  • Heritage Scholar (4 year full tuition scholarship), Brigham Young University (1999-2005)
  • National Merit Scholar, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (1999)
  • Stanford Internal Medicine Residency Chief REsident, Stanford Internal Medicine Residency Program (2012-2013)

  • Editorial Board Member, BYU Studies (2020 - Present)
  • Board Member, ASCO Education Board (2021 - Present)

Administrative Appointments
  • Assistant Director of Inpatient Oncology Service, Stanford University Hospital (2016 - Present)


Practice Locations

Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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(113 reviews)

Brilliant and caring.
His after visit summaries are very detailed & helpful. His recommendations for treatment are taken seriously & are helpful in planning my care.
I had the conversation with Dr. David Miller.
Dr Johnson gives me the options available and his thoughts on best options.
Very nice, very detail, very efficiency. Understand what we want to know. Thumb up!
He is or seems to be a caring and knowledgeable doctor. I thank you for the chance to see the person I was communicating with.
He’s been very helpful and thorough in all my appointments. He’s also very kind and has taken his time in explaining and answering my questions and concerns about next steps.
He is an excellent md and I am grateful for his care
Dr.Johnson is an extremely caring, warm-hearted physician who puts me(the patient) immediately at ease, allowing me to feel I am having a "regular" chat with a friend. Physicians like Dr. Johnson area credit to the medical world. I am VERY GRATEFUL that Dr. Johnson is my care provider.
He explained very well about the results of scan .
Dr. Johnson is highly skilled not just in his medical venue but in his intuitive skills in dealing with people. He is quite perceptive and sensitive to patients' needs. The most significant presence that Dr. Johnson brings to each appointment is HOPE. There is nothing greater.
He was congenial, well prepared, generous w his time. He gave his educated insights so that I, & my family, could weigh the alternatives.
Dr. Tyler Johnson and his Staff are always so helpful and answer all of my questions, plus he provides other helpful information about my health. I’m so glad he is my Doctor.
He is extremely thorough and detailed person. I understand how busy he is and also feel that if need be I could have his input and attention.
He is minute and cooperative and caring.
Concerned physician.
I really appreciated how much time Dr. Johnson spent with me answering my questions.
It was a pleasure talking with him. He was very informative and helpful. He answered all my questions. I did feel rushed. A good listener.
Dr. Johnson is very knowledgeable and honest.
We like DR. Johnson. He's helpful and gives us various options.
Cordial and quite competent.
Very poor communicatin.
We like Dr Johnson, glad he is one of my doctors
I felt he was very knowledgeable and thorough. Thank you for listening intently to me.
Personable, knowledgeable, excellent patient skills
He is very thorough, yet approachable, friendly and his sense of humor lightens up tough topics.
Very knowledgeable about my condition and open to discussions of options.
Thank you for giving me the best treatment available for my condition.
Dr. Johnson seems knowledgeable about my case and I’m confident he will help make the right treatment decisions.
Dr. Johnson was very informative and understanding. He outlined the plan on what was going to be done and asked our input regarding this plan. I was very pleased with him.
Dr Johnson was very helpful and asked the questions that reassured me I am at the right clinic.
Always great to work with Dr. Johnson’s team. They have all been very helpful and has made my many visits much easier.
He was very helpful and answered all of my questions thoroughly.
Very helpful
I have been very happy with my care from Dr. Johnson and his team!!!!
Dr Johnson is always congenital & informative. He targets the important information, & makes sure I understand it. He also lays out the plan for where we are headed. I appreciate his approach.
Thank Dr Johnson for one more time tried to explain what would happen if decision of no treatment is not reconsidered.
I am very blessed to have him and his staff as my doctor!
I have been very happy with my care from Dr. Johnson, his staff and Stanford in general!
Dr Johnson was very knowledgeable about my case and answered all of our questions
He was very helpful and answered my questions as did his coworker.
Dr Johnson was very informative and friendly
He explained my case very clear
Sincerely appreciate that we had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Johnson even not in person. Dr. Johnson communicates extremely well with us. Again, appreciate that he offers an opportunity to speak with him in the near future.
Excellent doctor. Explains things clearly and always patient with questions.
Dr. Johnson is always very thorough, and in my opinion an excellent oncologist
He is highly knowledgeable w/r/t my situation, and he relates well to least from my standpoint. Very satisfied with DR. Johnson.
Dr. Tyler Johnson is very professional, very knowledgeable, very understandable and patient. He also explained everything so we could understand. He made me feel very comfortable in the decisions that I have to make.
All good. excellent doctor. Very satisfied.
Twice I required surgery for places where cancer has spread in my body. Both times Dr. Johnson had arranged for my upcoming surgery before I even knew of where the cancer had spread. Having this completed for me takes a tremendous amount of burden off of me and my wife. So very grateful.
Dr Johnson took the time to explain the medical care going forward. We were very impressed with caring nature. We were ver satisfied
Great doctor. Thanks
Dr. Johnson suggested they will do 3 things before our next appointment in two weeks. Sounds like a very good plan.
I'm grateful that my case was assigned to DR. Johnson.
My thanks to Dr. Tyler Johnson.
Honest and to the point. Thorough with his answers to questions.
So grateful for Dr. Tyler Johnson's attitude, encouragement, and clarity.
Well prepared and briefed prior to visit. The wait times are long for Dr. Johnson.
Personable Confident very knowledgeable Good communicator
Concise, Knowledgeable Friendly Trustworthy Confidence builder
I do appreciate Dr. Johnson was taking the time to discuss my health issues with me.
Great communicator. Very empathetic and understanding.
My experience was great
I liked the doctor very much. He explained to me the next steps in my treatment plan. I was satisfied with the outcome of the visit.
As a patient, Dr. Tyler conference was easier to understand and allow the patient to make responsible decisions with the information provided.
Presents himself professionally and seeks to find the origin of the cancer.
He was very kind and seemed interested in careful assessment of the situation with my dad. His assistant was great as well! Thank you
Dr Johnson was great
He is an excellent doctor who really cares about his patients.
He is great Very understandable Very nice Gets to the point and discusses the issues Very knowledgeable
He’s patient oriented and explains things in laymen terms which is always appreciated. He comes across honest and patient.
Dr. JOHNSON was helpful and I appreciate his time.
Did a thorough job
Always great talking to Dr Johnson as usual but also Wonderful talking to Dr Tan as well. They both had a great plan in place for me and throughly told me what to do next and what to expect.
He and the physicians assistant answered every question I had. They shared their knowledge and insights with compassion. I am most grateful to both of them.
He is very informative and explains things clearly Easy to understand and gives followup information Takes a personal interest in the patients health
Dr. Tyler is very helpful and informative. Answers all of your questions.
Appreciate his time and honesty.
He was very clear in his explaining the reasons for his medical recommendations.
He’s a wonderful doctor and person!
I feel confident with Dr. Johnson. I hopefully get to meet him.
I’m very satisfied with Dr. Johnson
I love all of my care providers
Good appointment to cover ongoing care.
Good man, good doctor.
Dr Johnson and his staff are outstanding. I am fortunate to have Dr Johnson as my attending physician.
Very good video visit I feel he explained everything correctly down to the point he's a very nice doctor from what I got talking to him
We are very impressed with his knowledge and information he provides. We are so happy to get his opinions/recommendations.
The doctor in my home area essentially told me to go home & die. Dr. J. is willing is to look deeper into t he problem & give it his best shot. The final outcome may not change, but the timeline might. He gave me hope.
He is the best of the best.
Always the best, caring, understanding. I wouldn't go anywhere else for treatment.
Thank you very much to the Doctor Tyler Paul Johnson an excellent doctor, very kind, the best doctor. Thanks.
I always enjoy my time w/Dr. Johnsonwhen I'm at the clinic.
Dr. Johnson has kept me alive!!! He really cares!!!!
Outstanding staff, very caring.
Wonderful to excellent care!!
NOT ONE complain. Excellent.
Dr. Tyler Johnson has kept my wife alive. The highest recommendation you could make for a doctor. Doctor Miller is excellent!
Dr. Johnson always is very professional and explains issues well.
Very good.
All my experiences have been very good. I am so proud to have the medical attention that I needed @ this time of my life - Outstanding!!
Excellent. Dr. Tyler Johnson
Best staff ever and best doctor ever.
very positive, gave us hope.

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