Dr. Johns was recently honored with the 2015 National Physician of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. He is currently Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Emory University, where he served as Chancellor from 2007 until 2012. His career at Emory began in 1996 when he was appointed Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, CEO of The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and Chairman of the Board of Emory Healthcare. As leader of the health sciences and Emory Healthcare for 11 years,Dr. Johns engineered the transformation of the Health Sciences Center into one of the nation’s preeminent centers in education, research, and patient care. He previously served as dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and vice president for medicine at Johns Hopkins University from 1990 to 1996.
In addition to leading complex administrative and academic organizations to new levels of excellence and service, Dr. Johns is widely renowned as a catalyst of new thinking in many areas of health policy and health professions education. He has been a significant contributor to many of the leading organizations and policy groups in health care, including the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), The Commonwealth Fund Task Force on Academic Health Centers, the Association of Academic Health Centers, and many others. He frequently lectures, publishes, and works with state and federal policy makers, on topics ranging from the future of health professions education to national health system reform. Dr. Johns was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1993 and has served on many IOM committees.
Dr. Johns received his bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and his medical degree with distinction at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Professor, Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Emory University
Chancellor, Emory University (2007 – 2012)
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Emory University (1996 – 2007)