Michael Johns III, M.D.

            Johns III, 
Emory Clinic

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology

Emory Healthcare Network Physician
Otolaryngology (Board certified since 2003)
Areas of Clinical Interest:
gastroesophageal reflux
laser surgery
tracheal surgery
voice disorders
Office(s) Locations:
Emory Voice Center
550 Peachtree St 9th fl 4400
Atlanta, GA30308
(404) 686-1850
Additional Spoken Language(s):
About Dr. Johns III

Dr. Johns’ research focuses on awake vocal cord injections to restore voice and awake laser procedures for the voice.

Dr. Johns is founder and director of the Emory Voice Center. He developed and now directs a multidisciplinary center for comprehensive care of patients with voice disorders that is novel to Emory Healthcare and the Atlanta metropolitan area. Founded in 2003, this center has become one of the premier specialty clinics of its kind in the nation, and is a recognized center of excellence for its academic endeavors. The center has grown to an eight-clinician multispecialty clinic with strong research and innovative teaching programs. More than 3,000 patients are treated annually by the physicians and speech pathologists at the Voice Center. The first of its kind specialty specific speech language pathology fellowship was founded in 2004 and has been ongoing for the past six years. In 2009, a fellowship in voice disorders for otolaryngologists was started and has received instant interest filling in its first year. The members of the Voice Center have produced more than 100 publications and have received six extramural grants. It has been viewed as a model for multidisciplinary academic center development for Emory University at the Midtown Campus.

The focus of Dr. Johns’ research interests lies in two major lines of investigation. The first is in the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of age-related and other voice disorders. Funded research efforts in the lab have focused on rejuvenation of the aging larynx. He has established a novel murine model for the aging larynx, which has facilitated study of the use of stem cells and growth factors to alter tissue changes occurring in the aging mouse larynx. The second line of investigation has focused on physician burnout in Otolaryngology. Research in this critically important area has identified the prevalence of burnout and key factors associated with the development of burnout.

Year Started Practicing: 2002
Year Started Practicing at Emory: 2003
Organizational Memberships:
Alpha Omega Alpha
American Academy of Otolaryngology
American Medical Association
Voice Foundation
Major or Recent Publications:

Simultaneous Vocal Fold and Tongue Paresis Secondary to Epstein-Barr Virus Infection. Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery,126(12):1491-1494.

Muscle-nerve-muscle neurotization in unilateral vocal fold paralysis. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol,110.

Thyroarytenoid muscle maintains normal contractile force in unilateral vocal fold immobility. Laryngoscope,111:2151-6.

Early onset of Post-Irradiation Sarcoma of the Head and Neck. ENT Journal,81:6.

Alpha Omega Alpha
Awarded to the highest graduating members of a medical school class

Merle Lawrence Resident Research Prize, 2001
Awarded by the Department of Otolaryngology for outstanding research - Motion specific laryngeal reinnervation.

UM Plastic Surg Div Resident Research Prize, 2000
Awarded for outstanding research - Muscle-nerve-muscle neurotization in unilateral vocal fold paralysis
Medical School
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN