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Dr. William K. Johnston III

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Even if I make an early appointment I have to wait over an hour for Dr. Johnston to see me. He recommended I take 2,000mg of drugs for the rest of my life. My Internist recommended for me not to see him again.

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flag | Submitted October 14, 2017


Dr. Johnston was the surgeon who performed my radical prostatectomy (robotic laparoscopic). During my pre-surgery office visit, he was very friendly and comforting, and patiently explained everything to me. He performed the surgery masterfully, sparing my nerves (my cancer hadn't spread beyond my prostate) and reconnecting my urethra to my bladder in such a clean way that I've had neither urinary nor erectile issues. I'm forever grateful to him, and would gladly recommend him to anyone.

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flag | Submitted July 13, 2017


Great bedside manner treats you like family. Takes time to address your concerns and finds the best solution. Usually no wait in Novi office ; it is a friendly and efficient office. I came to this office as a second opinion and I am very glad I did. I had a mass on my kidney and the first doctor said before testing it you have cancer and we are going to have to remove your whole kidney. Keep in mind I was in my early 30's. Doctor Johnston said oh no your too young for that and only took a portion of my kidney. It's a good thing because it was not cancer. He also has extensive robotic and manual surgery experience; which is a must. Thanks again Michigan Institute of Urology and Dr William k johnston

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flag | Submitted June 15, 2017


My 86 year old father had an appointment with Dr. Johnston. He was called back to a treatment room a half hour after our arrival. An hour and 20 minutes later he still was not back in the waiting room. I inquired as to how much longer they thought he would be only to be told he hadn't been seen yet as the Dr. was running late on a prior procedure. Other patients in the waiting room indicated this was normal for this Dr.

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flag | Submitted July 21, 2014

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Dr. William K. Johnston III's Credentials

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William K. Johnston III, MD is a board-certified Urologist and a partner in the Michigan Institute of Urology. He has practiced in Chicago suburbs for the last 7 years while holding appointments as an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago and Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an Editor for the Journal of Endourology and an Instructor of da Vinci Robotic Surgery since 2005. Dr. Johnston completed his urology residency at the University of California, Davis and received advanced training at one of the first dedicated training programs (fellowships) in Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery at the University of Michigan in 2003-4. Dr. Johnston specializes in minimally invasive Laparoscopic and da Vinci Robotic Surgery for the treatment of adrenal, kidney, bladder, and prostate cancers. He also has a keen interest in men’s health and prevention by consulting with patients on early prostate cancer detection (elevated PSA values), enlarging prostates (BPH), and hormonal changes in the aging man. Dr. Johnston has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications and made over 50 presentations at national and world meetings. His research has focused on improving patient outcomes in surgery by improving vision with special dyes and developing new surgical instruments (US Patent (7,591,817). He has also developed two free iPhone apps to improve patient care (“Kidney stone app” and “Uroflow”). His passion for teaching and research have resulted recently in 2 Academic Achievement Awards and an Outstanding Teaching Award at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.


  • English


  • Albany Medical College Of Union University (Grad. 1997)
  • University of California Davis (Grad. 1992)

Other Specialties


Areas of Expertise

  • Prostatectomy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Nephrectomy (kidney removal)
  • Mohs surgery
  • Cryotherapy for prostate cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Spermatocele
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Hydrocele
  • Blood in urine (hematuria)
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Overactive bladder
  • Varicocele
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Prostatitis
  • Kidney stones
  • HPV infection

Awards & Recognitions

  • Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Section Editor, Journal of Endourology
  • Research Career Development Award (Northshore University HealthSystem)
  • Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Academic Achievement Award 2006
  • Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Academic Achievement Award 2005
  • James L. Goebel Grand Prize Poster Winner, 79th Annual Meeting, AUA Western Section
  • 1st Place, 79th Annual Meeting, AUA Western Section, Kidney/Upper Tract Poster Session
  • Pfizer Academic Scholar
  • Second Place, Basic Science, 29th Northern California Urology
  • First Place, Clinical Research, 28th Northern California Urology Research Competition
  • Resident Achievement Award, Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons
  • International Volunteer’s in Urology Scholar Recipient
  • Third Place, Case Presentation, 27th Northern California Urology Research Competition
  • Dean’s Senior Research Award
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Endeavors
  • NIH Research Scholarship

Publications & Research

  • Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy: Technique, Oncologic Efficacy, and Safety
  • Wireless Teleradiology for Renal Colic and Renal Trauma
  • Intermediate Followup of Hand Assisted Laparoscopic Nephroureterectomy for Urothelial Carcinoma: Factors Associated with Outcomes
  • Retroperitoneoscopic Nephrectomy and Partial Nephrectomy in the Cirrhotic Patient
  • Comparison of neuromuscular injuries to the surgeon during hand-assisted and standard laparoscopic urologic surgery
  • Oxidant-Increased Endothelial Permeability: Prevention with Phosphodiesterase Inhibition vs. cAMP Production
  • Renal Autotransplantation for Renovascular Hypertension: Extra-Peritoneal Renal Approach and Use of the Ovarian Vein for Vascular Reconstruction
  • Image Converter Eliminates Mirror Imaging During Laparoscopy
  • History of the Evolution and Progress of Ureteroscopy
  • The Birth of Fiber-Optics from “Light Guiding"
  • En bloc Stapling of Renal Hilum during Laparoscopic Nephrectomy and Nephroureterectomy
  • Fibrin glue v sutured bolster: lessons learned during 100 laparoscopic partial nephrectomies
  • Wound complications after hand assisted laparoscopic surgery
  • 200 consecutive hand assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomies: evolution of operative technique and outcomes
  • Impact of laparoscopic nephrectomy on donor preoperative decision-making and postoperative quality of life and psychosocial outcomes
  • Acute Integrity of Sealants for Partial Nephrectomy: Comparison of 7 Agents in a Hypertensive Porcine Model
  • Growth rates of renal cell carcinoma and oncocytoma under surveillance are similar
  • Measuring convalescence after laparoscopic surgery
  • Safety and efficacy of laparoscopic radical nephrectomy with manual specimen morcellation for stage cT1 renal-cell carcinoma
  • A multi-institutional study on the safety and efficacy of specimen morcellation after laparoscopic radical nephrectomy for clinical stage T1 or T2 renal cell carcinoma

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