David W. Johnstone, MD



  • Heart and Vascular Center - Froedtert Hospital
  • 9200 West Wisconsin Avenue
  • Milwaukee, WI 53226


  • General Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

Cancer Care Center - Community Memorial Hospital

Cancer Center - Froedtert Hospital

Kraemer Cancer Center

My goal is to provide each patient with a clear understanding of his/her illness and treatment choices available, arriving at the best possible decisions for each person. Clear communication with patients, families, and medical professionals is essential for good care and establishing trust.


Diseases and Conditions

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Mesothelioma
  • Chest Wall Tumors
  • Motility Disorders
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Thymoma and Thymic Tumors

Treatments and Services

  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Lung Surgery
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Bronchoscopic Procedures
  • Hiatal Hernia Surgery
  • Repair of Complex Hiatal Hernias
  • Esophagectomy

Patients Ages Seen

  • Adult
  • Senior


  • English

Hospital Affiliations

  • Froedtert Hospital – Milwaukee
  • Community Memorial Hospital – Menomonee Falls
  • St. Joseph's Hospital - West Bend – West Bend
  • Waukesha Memorial Hospital – Waukesha
  • Columbia - St. Mary's Hospital – Milwaukee
  • Zablocki VA Medical Center – Milwaukee

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Clinic Locations

Cancer Center - Community Memorial Hospital

Kraemer Cancer Center - West Bend

Cancer Center - Froedtert Hospital

map of clinics' locations



Dr. Johnstone comes to Milwaukee from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, where he was Director of the Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program and Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery.  He brings with him 20 years of experience in thoracic oncology, most notably, in the multidisciplinary management of lung cancer.

Education and Training

Doctor of Medicine - Northwestern University Medical School - Chicago, IL (1984)
Residency, General Surgery - Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center - New York, NY (1984-1989)
Residency, Cardiothoracic Surgery - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center & Cornell University Medical Center - New York, NY (1990-1992)