Dr. Johnson graduated from Brown University (AB, Biology) in Providence, Rhode Island, the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University (MD), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Masters of Public Health, Epidemiology). He completed internal medicine residency training and geriatric fellowship training at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the Cecil G. Sheps Center, Chapel Hill, NC, under a National Service Research Award.
Dr. Johnson is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, the Paul W. Seavey Chair in Medicine, and Associate Professor in Urology. In addition to serving as the Interim Director for Hospital Medicine, he directs the Emory Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics, and the Emory Center for Health in Aging. Dr. Johnson also serves as the Program Director of the HRSA funded Atlanta Regional Geriatric Education Center, the Co-PI of the Emory Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine (part of the Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine collaborative with UAB), and as the Atlanta Site Director of the Birmingham/Atlanta VA Geriatrics Rehabilitation, Education, and Clinical Center for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Johnson receives federal funding to study bladder function problems in older adults. He has continuously seen patients as part of his academic appointment and currently sees patients needing specialty care for these problems at the Atlanta VA and at Emory’s Wesley Woods Center. The overarching goal of Dr. Johnson’s clinical, research, and academic endeavors is to help enable older adults to age safely and successfully in their homes and communities. Providing a safe and effective hospitalization safety net for older individuals, and effectively managing care transitions is central to his goal.
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