JohnstonRichard C. Johnston, MD, MS

Clinical Professor
Director of the Orthopaedic Computer Based
Patient Record and Outcomes Project


  • Medical School - University of Iowa, 1958
  • Internship - Madigan Army Hospital, 1958-1959
  • Residency - University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City, Iowa, July 1964-June 1967
  • Fellowship - Hip Disease, July 1, 1966-June 30, 1967, University of Iowa and The Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Masters Degree: Health Outcomes, Continual Quality Improvement and Health Policy, Dartmouth, 1996-1997

Awards and Organizations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 1958
  • Air Force Commendation Medal, l963
  • Otto Aufranc Hip Society Award 1981
  • Kappa Delta Award for 1982
  • Health Services Research Fellowship AAOS / OREF 1997
  • Frank Stinchfield Hip Society Award 1997
  • University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award, 1997.
  • John Charnley Hip Society Award; 1999
  • The Hip Society (President 1981)
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (President 1993)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • Clinical Orthopaedic Society
  • International Hip Society
  • Iowa Orthopaedic Society
  • Orthopaedic Research Society

Research Interests

  • Outcomes of Hip Surgery
  • Development of systems of data collection and analysis to reliably document the outcomes of healthcare in the department

Research Interests

  • Musculoskeletal Modeling
  • Finite Element Mesh Generation Techniques
  • Spine and Upper Extremity Biomechanics
  • Implant Arthroplasty


  • Hop, J.D.; Callaghan, J.J.; Olejniczak, J.P.; Pedersen, D.R.; Brown, T.D.; Johnston, R.C.: Contribution of Cable Debris Generation to Accelerated Polyethylene Wear (The Frank Stinchfield Award). Clin Orthop 344:20-32, November 1997.
  • Goetz, DD, Capello WN, Callaghan, JJ, Brown, TD, Johnston, RC: Salvage of a Recurrently Dislocating Total Hip Prosthesis With Use of a Constrained Acetabular Component. J Bone and Joint Surg 80-A:502-509, Apr 1998
  • Callaghan, JJ; Forest, EE; Olejniczak, JP; Goetz, DD; Johnston, RC: Charnley Total Hip Arthroplasty in Patients Less than Fifty Years Old. A 20-25 Year Follow-up Note. J Bone and Joint Surg 80-A:704-714, May 1998
  • Sporer, S.M.; Callaghan, J.J.; Olejniczak, J.P.; Goetz, D.D.; Johnston, R.C.: A Comparison of the Effects of Surface Roughness and Polymethylmethacrylate Precoating on the Radiographic and Clinical Results of the Iowa Hip. Accepted J. Bone Joint Surg. [Am].
  • Callaghan, J.J.; Johnston, R.C.; Pedersen, D.R.: Practice Surveillance: A Practical Approach to Assessing Outcomes and Performing Clinical Research. Accepted Clin. Orthop. & Rel. Res., (The John Charnley Award Paper.)