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Kevin Johnson, M.D., M.S.

rwjf_kevin_johnsonKevin Johnson, M.D., M.S.
Professor and Vice Chair of Biomedical Informatics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center-Nashville, Tennessee

Kevin Johnson, M.D., M.S., is a professor and vice chair of biomedical informatics, with a joint appointment in the department of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received his doctor of medicine degree from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and his master of science degree in medical informatics from Stanford University. In 1992, he returned to Johns Hopkins where he served as a pediatric chief resident. He was a member of the faculty in both pediatrics and biomedical information sciences at Johns Hopkins until 2002, when he was recruited to Vanderbilt University. He is a practicing, board certified physician in pediatrics. Dr. Johnson is an internationally respected developer and evaluator of clinical information technology. His research interests have been related to developing and encouraging the adoption of clinical information systems to improve patient safety and compliance with practice guidelines; the uses of advanced computer technologies, including the World Wide Web, personal digital assistants, and pen-based computers in medicine; and the development of computer-based documentation systems for the point of care. In the early phases of his career, he directed the development and evaluation of evidence-based pediatric care guidelines for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is the author of over 100 publications and books or book chapters, is assistant editor for the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), the preeminent journal in biomedical informatics, and serves on the editorial board of Ambulatory Pediatrics.

He is a former recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Minority Medical Faculty Development Award, has been principal investigator on numerous grants, and has been an invited speaker at most major medical informatics and pediatrics conferences. His knowledge about electronic health records and patient safety has led to a recent appointment on two Institute of Medicine committees focused on medication safety. He was awarded membership in the American College of Medical Informatics in 2004. Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics’ Program for Maintenance of Certification Task Force, and has been actively involved with the program of Maintenance of Certification developed by the board for all pediatricians. He has held numerous leadership positions within the American Medical Informatics Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.