University of Nebraska Medical Center

Kurtis Johnson, MD

Kurtis Johnson, MD

Kurtis Johnson, MD, started his radiation oncology residency in 2022.


I chose to come to UNMC for the personal interaction and support from the faculty. Further, the residents create an environment of learning and collaboration that is unmatched.

Fun fact about yourself?

I love any kind of maintenance: whetstone blade sharpening, hand picking weeds in my lawn, oiling and polishing leather, car repairs, etc.

Golf is fun (most of the time).


Internship: Internal medicine UNMC, 2021

Medical degree: UNMC, 2020

Bachelor's: Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, 2016

Clinical and Research Interests
Dr. Johnson has clinical interests in student and patient education. He also has interests in ocular as well as head and neck cancers.
Selected Publications
  • Folsom M, Gigantelli J, Timperley B, Johnson K, Bagenda D, Pang H, Ellis S. Periocular Manifestation of Obstructive Sleep Apnea as a Novel Perioperative Screening Tool. Obes Surg. 2022 Apr;32(4):1103-1109. Epub 2022 Jan 29. PMID: 35091903; PMCID: PMC8933341.
  • Coutu BG, Johnson KC, Bhirud A, Baine MJ, Zhen W, Zhang C, Trujillo KP, Bennion NR. Systemic ImmuneInflammatory Index Association with Survival in Patients Undergoing Trimodality Therapy for Lung Cancer. Oncology. 2022;100(5):247-256. Epub 2021 Nov 18. PMID: 34794142.
  • Deibert BJ, Johnson KC, Desilet LW, Rorie AC. Recalcitrant Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus in a Patient Discovered to Have Underlying Functional Natural Killer Cell Deficiency. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2022 Jan 2;30(1):54-56. Epub 2020 Sep 15. PMID: 32931349.
  • Huerter BG, Johnson KC, Coutu BG, Thedinger B, Bennion NR, Zhang C. Medications Affecting Hearing in Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy for Vestibular Schwannoma. 2022. In Review.