Michael M.E. Johns, MD
Former Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Dr. Johns served as Emory University’s fifth chancellor from 2007 to 2012 and led the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center from 1996 to 2007.
During his tenure as executive vice president for health affairs, Dr. Johns led a comprehensive strategy that positioned the Woodruff Health Sciences Center as one of the nation's preeminent academic health centers in education, research, and patient care. Each of the health professions schools recruited and retained world-class faculty and introduced significant innovations in their curricula. The research enterprise was reshaped to become more collaborative and interdisciplinary, with funding support for the center's biomedical and behavioral research more than doubling over 10 years to $331 million in 2007. Emory's extensive clinical enterprise was consolidated into Emory Healthcare and strategically realigned for success within the current and foreseeable demographic and market environment. Dr. Johns also led the most extensive facilities improvement plan in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center's history. Highlights include a new biomedical research building, a new nursing school building, a new vaccine center building, a new cancer institute building, and the complete reconfiguration and rebuilding of Emory's mid-town Crawford Long Hospital (now Emory University Hospital Midtown) campus. These and many other physical, organizational, administrative, and policy innovations helped put the Woodruff health Sciences Center on a trajectory toward preeminence in each of its mission areas. In addition, Dr. Johns co-chaired Emory's University-wide Strategic Planning Committee, an 18 month process that set the strategic direction of the University for the next decade or more.
From 1990 to 1996, Dr. Johns was Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Vice President of the Medical Faculty at Johns Hopkins University. Under his leadership, the medical school moved into first place among all medical schools in sponsored research, completely revamped its curriculum to meet the challenges of a new era in health care, and developed a technology transfer program considered a model of its kind. As head of the physician practice plan, he led the physicians at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, consistently ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. He also expanded the School of Medicine's endowment and developed new and innovative relationships with the East Baltimore neighborhood in which the campus is located.
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 and 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 IOM in 1993 and has served on many committees and as Vice Chair of the Council of the IOM. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, chairman of the AAMC's Council of Teaching Hospitals and chairman of the AAMC's Board of Advisors of the Institute for the Improvement of Medical Education. He is a past member of the Governing Board of the National Research Council, the National Governing Board of the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Council of the National Center for Research Resources, NIH. He has served as member of the Board of Directors and as president of the American Board of Otolaryngology, as chair of the Association of Academic Health Centers, and as Chair of the Council of Deans of the AAMC. He served as editor of the Archives of Otolaryngology from 1992-2005, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Dr. Johns also serves on a variety of private-sector and philanthropic boards, including Johnson & Johnson, the Genuine Parts Company, and the Georgia Cancer Coalition. He is a past member of the Board of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland, Williams and Wilkins Company, I-Trax, Inc., and the Georgia Tech Research Center Inc. He was co-chair of the Task Force on Biotechnology Development of the Atlanta Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He was recently appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Defense as a member of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) Board of Regents.
Dr. Johns received his bachelor's degree and continued with graduate studies in biology at Wayne State University in his hometown of Detroit. In 1969 he graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan Medical School. He remained at Michigan for his internship and residency. He joined the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army and was assistant chief of the Otolaryngology Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1975 to 1977. In 1977, he joined the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Virginia Medical Center where he rose from Assistant Professor to the rank of Professor. In 1984, Dr. Johns was recruited to Johns Hopkins as professor and chair of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, a department he built into one of the country's largest and most prestigious. As Associate Dean for Clinical Practice he reorganized the faculty practice plan and planned and developed the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. As a cancer surgeon of head and neck tumors he was internationally recognized for his work and his studies of treatment outcomes.
Dr. Johns and his wife Trina were married in 1966. They have two children, Christina (born 1969) and Michael (born 1970), both physicians.