Michael M. Johns, III, MD

Michael Johns, III, MD

Associate Professor
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Emory Voice Center


BA: University of Virginia, 1992
MD: Johns Hopkins University, 1996
Internship: General Surgery, University of Michigan Health Center, 1997
Residency: Otolaryngology, University of Michigan Health Center, 2002
Research Fellow: University of Michigan Muscle Mechanics Laboratory, 2000
Fellowship: Laryngology and care of professional voice, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 2003


State of Georgia Medical License
American Board of Otolaryngology


Associate Professor
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine

Emory Voice Center

Medical Student Education
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Board of Directors
The Voice Foundation, Philadelphia, PA


Merle Lawrence Resident Research Prize
Alpha Omega Alpha -Medical honor society
Phi Beta Kappa -Liberal scholarship honor fraternity
Phi Eta Theta -Academic achievement honor society
Jahnigen Career Development Award - The American Geriatrics Society and John A. Hartford Foundation, awarded for outstanding research proposal in the aging voice
National ‘Top 10 Teaching Product' - The Reynolds Foundation, awarded for the development of an outstanding teaching tool for Geriatric Dysphagia
Dean's Teaching Award, Emory University School of Medicine for outstanding medical student teaching
Teacher of the Year, Emory University Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Department for excellence in resident physician teaching


American Laryngological Association - Post-Graduate
American Bronchoesophagological Association
The Voice Foundation
Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
ENT Today, The Triological Society, Laryngology editor
Journal of Voice - Editorial board


Gilman M, Gilman SL, Johns MM 3rd. Human papillomavirus, abstinence, and the other risks. Lancet. 2009 Apr 25;373(9673):1420-1

Mathison C, Villare C, Klein AM, Johns MM. Comparison of Outcomes and Complications Between Awake and Asleep Injection Laryngoplasty: A Case-Control Study Laryngoscope. 2009 Jul;119(7):1417-23

Rosen CA, Amin MR, Sulica L, Simpson CB, Merati AL, Courey MS, Johns MM 3rd, Postma GN. Advances in office-based diagnosis and treatment in laryngology. Laryngoscope. 2009 Nov;119 Suppl 2:S185-212.

Kolachala VL, Henriquez OA, Shams S, Golub JS, Kim YT, Laroui H, Torres-Gonzalez E, Brigham KL, Rojas M, Bellamkonda RV, Johns MM. Slow-release nanoparticle-encapsulated delivery system for laryngeal injection. Laryngoscope.  2010 May;120(5):988-94

Kolachala VL, Torres-Gonzalez E, Mwangi S, Kelly P, Brigham KL, Pavlath GK, Rojas M, Johns MM. A senescence accelerated mouse model to study aging in the larynx. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Jun;142(6):879-85


The focus of my 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.  I have 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.