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Dr. Johns is an internationally recognized leader in academic medicine, health policy, and as a head and neck cancer surgeon.
He currently serves as Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at Emory University. He is Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Emeritus at Emory University, and President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board Emeritus of Emory Healthcare – positions he held at Emory from 1996 to 2007. During this time, 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 also served as Emory’s Chancellor from 2007 to 2012. Prior to coming to Emory, he was Vice President of the Medical Faculty and Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He served as interim Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Michigan from June 2014 thru February 2015.
Dr. Johns has served on various private-sector and philanthropic boards, including Johnson & Johnson, the Genuine Parts Company, and AMN Healthcare. He is a member of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, as well as the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Board and the University of Michigan Health System Board.
He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) in 1993 and has served on many NAM committees. He received his medical degree with distinction from the University of Michigan Medical School.