Gene Aidan Johnson, M.D.
Gene Aidan Johnson, M.D. joined Kellis Eye Center in August 2009. An Army veteran originally from Massillon, Ohio, Dr. Johnson specializes in general ophthalmology, cataract surgery, and oculoplastic surgery. Utilizing the latest research, Dr. Johnson provides care to his patients in his office and in the operating room. His special interests include:
- Facial rejuvenation concentrating on the peri-ocular region including blepharoplasty (removal of the extra skin and bulges of the upper and lower eyelids)
- Correction of ptosis or raising an eyelid that has fallen
- Correction of eyelid malpositions due to the natural aging process or trauma
- The diagnosis, treatment and/or reconstruction of skin cancers involving the face and especially the eyelids
- Botox injections and laser resurfacing for medical and cosmetic purposes.
After leaving active military duty and entering the Army Reserves as a Russian translator, Dr. Johnson attended Kent State University while continuing to work a full-time job at his family’s business. He was proud to graduate Magna Cum Laude with dual degrees in Biology and Russian Translation. He was admitted to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and as a graduating senior received the prestigious Ralph Dexter Faculty Scholarship Award.
Dr. Johnson attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio where in addition to his course load he worked as an anatomy and histology tutor for medical and nursing students. His interest in medical education led to his development of a medical student handbook for use in their clinical rotations. He also participated in health related outreach programs targeted to children and patients in underserved communities. Following medical school, Dr. Johnson successfully completed his intern year at Akron City Hospital before returning to Cleveland for Ophthalmology training at University Hospitals. During his ophthalmology training, he continued to receive awards for his scholarly activities and published a sentinel medical education study in the journal Ophthalmology. (Ophthalmology. 2010 Dec;117(12):2435-9)
After his residency, Dr. Johnson completed his fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. Augustine Kellis. Special emphasis was placed on the use of the CO2 laser for not just resurfacing but for complete incisional work. The use of laser technology has greatly decreased the operative time for patients and accelerates the healing process. In 2009, Dr. Johnson received the Case Western Reserve University Professionalism in Ophthalmology Award. Dr. Johnson is board certified in Ophthalmology and in 2012, was elected a Fellow of The American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Johnson continues to be active in the medical education of the Ophthalmology residents at University Hospitals of Cleveland as a clinical instructor. He participates in the Oculoplastic lecture series, as well as personally supervising residents in his private clinic. Dr. Johnson is most proud to be a consulting physician at the Wade Park Veterans Hospital in Cleveland where he is responsible for the oculoplastic clinic and surgeries for veterans from the majority of the state of Ohio as well as from Western Pennsylvania and New York.
Dr. Johnson holds clinical privileges at UHHS Geauga Regional Hospital in Chardon, the Center for Advanced Eye Surgery in Youngstown, the Lewis Stokes Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Novamed Surgery Center in Sandusky.
In his spare time he spends as much time as much time as possible with his wife and three children. His latest passion has been for cooking with an emphasis on BBQ, even taking first place in a local rib-cook off near Chautauqua, New York. Dr. Johnson enjoys traveling, especially to cycle and remains an avid cyclist at home, typically riding several thousand miles per year.