The University of Michigan Medical Center Alumni Society has awarded the 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award to Michael M.E. Johns, MD, CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University, Emory executive vice president for health affairs, and chairman of Emory Healthcare. The Distinguished Achievement Awards are conferred upon Michigan medical alumni, former Michigan medical faculty, and outstanding individuals who have made distinguished achievements in their field. The award was presented Oct. 20 at an awards ceremony.
Dr. Johns received his bachelor of science in biology at Wayne State University in his hometown of Detroit. He received his doctor of medicine degree with distinction from the University of Michigan Medical Center in 1969, and completed his internship and residency training there in 1975. 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 University of Virginia Medical Center, where he rose to the rank of professor of otolaryngology and maxillofacial surgery.
In 1984, Dr. Johns was recruited to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as professor and chair of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 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. From 1990-96, he was dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and vice president of the medical faculty at Johns Hopkins University.
Since 1996 Dr. Johns has led the Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University. The Health Sciences Center includes the School of Medicine, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, the Rollins School of Public Health, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and Emory Healthcare, the most comprehensive health care system in metropolitan Atlanta.
Dr. Johns has led a comprehensive strategy that has positioned the Woodruff Health Sciences Center as one of the nation's preeminent academic health centers in education, research and patient care. This strategy includes recruitment and retention of world-class faculty, significant innovations in curriculum and reshaping of the research enterprise, which last year attracted $331 million in funding support. In addition, Dr. Johns has led consolidation and realignment of the clinical enterprise and the most extensive facilities improvement plan in Emory history. He recently co-chaired Emory University's Strategic Planning Committee, an 18-month process that has set the strategic direction of the University for the next decade or more.
Dr. Johns 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 and the Association of Academic Health Centers. 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 IOM in 1993 and has served 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 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.