David L. Johnson, MD

Introduction & Education

Dr. David L. Johnson, MD


  • 1998–2002 — University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, South Carolina: Medical Degree, Cum Laude
  • 1994–1998 — Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina: Bachelor of Science, Biology, Magna Cum Laude

Postgraduate Education

  • 2006–2008 — Department of Ophthalmology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin: Advanced Training in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery
  • 2003–2006 — University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, South Carolina: Resident in Ophthalmology
  • 2002–2003 — University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, South Carolina: Internship in Internal Medicine
  • Honors & Activities
  • 2007 — Mentoring in Ophthalmology Fellows Education Program American Society of Retina Specialists
  • 2005-06 — Chief Resident
  • 2002 — Cum Laude
  • 1998 — Magna Cum Laude
  • 1994-98 — Dean’s List, Presbyterian College
  • 1994-97 — President’s List, Presbyterian College
  • 1997 — Olmert Scholarship
  • 1997 — SCANA Scholarship
  • 1997 — Junior Graduation Marshall
  • 1995 — Sigma Kappa Alpha Honor Society
  • 1995 — Beta Beta Beta Honors Biology Society

Professional Organizations

  • 2007-Present — American Society of Retinal Specialists
  • 2006-Present — Madison Ophthalmology Society
  • 2003-Present — Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • 2003-Present — South Carolina Ophthalmology Society
  • 2003-Present — Central South Carolina Ophthalmological Society
  • 2003-Present — American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 2002-Present — University of South Carolina School of Medicine Alumni Association
  • 1998-Present — South Carolina Medical Association
  • 1998-Present — American Medical Association
  • 1998-Present — Flying Physicians Association
  • 1996-Present — Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Certifications & Appointments

Board Certification

2007 — American Board of Ophthalmology

2000-03 — United States Medical Licensing

2004-05 — Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program


2002 — South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners

2002 — South Carolina Drug Enforcement Agency

2002 — United States Drug Enforcement Agency

2006 — Wisconsin Board of Medical Examiners



Uveal Melanoma Masquerading as Pigment Dispersion Glaucoma.DL Johnson, M Altaweel, A Neekrha, D Albert. Archives of Ophthalmology. In Press.

Optical Coherence Tomography. Michael Altaweel and David Johnson. Book Chapter in Principles and Practice of Ophthalmology, by Albert and Jakobiec, 4th Edition. Saunders Publishing, 2007.

Express Shunt Under a Scleral Flap as Primary Surgical Treatment for Open Angle Glaucomas. D.Johnson, C.Bair, J.Evangelista, R.Trespalacios, K.Mitchell, J.Frankel, R.Davis. ARVO 2006.

Express Shunt Under a Scleral Flap for Neovascular Glaucoma. J.A. Evangelista, D.L. Johnson, R.Trespalacios, J.Frankel. ARVO 2006.

Prophylactic Treatment of Pain in LASEK. R. Trespalacios, R.M. Davis, J. Evangelista, D. Johnson, D. Skufca. ARVO 2006.

Central Corneal Thickness Changes After Goldmann Applanation Tonometry and Gonioscopy. J.A. Evangelista, J.H. Oakman, D.L. Johnson, J.P. Tao, R.Trespalacios, A.D. Hitch. ARVO 2005.

Are Patients With Diabetes Less Likely to Develop Age-Related Macular Degeneration if Panretinal Photocoagulation Was Performed? Follow Up to the Biomechanical Shell Model Hypothesis.D.Johnson, J.Evangelista, R.Trespalacios, R.Peddada, B.Bray, V.Pakalnis, R.Davis. ARVO 2005.


Acute Posterior Multifocal Placoid Pigment Epitheliopathy. Department of Ophthalmology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. March 2008

White Dot Syndromes. Presented at Ophthalmic Technicians Continuing Nursing Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. January 2008.

Ocular Manifestations of Syphilis. Presented at American Society of Retina Specialists, Mentoring in Ophthalmology Fellowship Program, Palm Springs, California. December 2007.

Update on Vitreoretinal Surgical Techniques. University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology, Madison, Wisconsin. August 2007.

OPHTEC Model 311 Artificial Iris Lens For the Treatment of Visual Disturbances Resulting From Partial or Total Absence of the Human Iris. Presented at Grand Rounds, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. February 2007.

Update on Diabetic Retinopathy. Department of Endocrinology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. November 2006, September 2007.

Ocular Structural Chages During Microkeratome Suction Ring Placement in LASIK. Jason A. Evangelista, MD , Richard M. Davis, MD, David L. Johnson, MD. American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, San Francisco, California. April 2006.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and the Eye. David Johnson, MD. Department of Hyperbaric Medicine. Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina. Lecture Series, 2005-2006.

Demographics and Outcomes of Eye Trauma Victims in South Carolina. University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Columbia, South Carolina. 2004.

Ocular Pharmacology and Toxicology of Fireworks Injuries. V.A. Pakalnis, R.C. Tripathi, D. Johnson. Department of Ophthalmology, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, South Carolina. Presented at International Society of Ocular Toxicology, 2004.

Drug Induced Glaucomas. Ramesh Tripathi, MD, Brenda Tripathi, PhD, Chris Haggerty, MD, David Johnson, MD. Biannual Ophthalmology Update, Columbia, South Carolina. January 2003.

Examining Patient’s Satisfaction With as Well as the Effectiveness of Using a Mobile Screening Unit With a Non-Mydriatic Fundoscopic Photography to Screen for Diabetic Retinopathy in a Rural Population. University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Columbia, South Carolina. July 2001.

Examining Factors That Contribute to the High Rate of Missed Appointments in a Community Based Primary Care Practice and the Effect it has on Those Patients With Chronic Conditions That Require Close Follow Up. University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Family Practice, Columbia, South Carolina. April 2001.

Clinical Research: Sub-Investigator

Protocol 206207-016-00. A 6-Month, Single-Masked, Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled Study to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of 700 ug Dexamethasone Posterior Segment Drug Delivery System Applicator System as Adjunctive Therapy to Lucentis® Compared with Lucentis® Alone in the Treatment of Patients with Choroidal Neovascularization Secondary to Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Sub-Investigator. September 2007. Sponsor: Allergan.


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