Rear Admiral Joyce M. Johnson, DO, MA

Retired, U.S. Public Health Service
Rear Admiral Joyce M. Johnson, DO, MA USPHS (retired) is a physician with a breadth of senior public health leadership experience in both civilian and military sectors. She serves on various for-profit and non-profit boards and advisory committees, and provides consultation on a range of health care topics. She has held various executive positions in the health sector, most recently as Vice President, Health Sciences and Chief Medical Officer for a large non-profit research foundation. She had business development responsibilities for a $120 million contract research portfolio, and held a Top Secret security clearance.
Previously, RADM Johnson served in the U.S. Public Health Service (Rear Admiral, Upper Half.) Her last active duty assignment was with the U.S. Coast Guard as director, health and safety (“surgeon general”). She managed the Coast Guard’s health care system, including 150 sickbays and clinics, and developed a network for contracted care. She also had responsibility for the Coast Guard’s safety and work-life programs. She managed the annual health and safety budget of $300 million.
Other government assignments included senior scientific and management positions with the Food and Drug Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She has had clinical responsibilities at the National Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she was an Epidemiologic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer and staff epidemiologist in the Center for Infectious Disease.
Dr. Johnson is a physician board certified in three specialties - Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology and Psychiatry. She is also a Certified Addiction Specialist and Certified Food Services Executive. She is a Governance Fellow, National Association of Corporate Directors. In addition to her medical degree, she earned a master’s degree in Hospital and Health Administration. She has been conferred five honorary doctoral degrees.
Dr. Johnson has extensive international health experience, including all seven continents. She has particular interests in systems development, third world health care delivery, and emergency preparedness and disaster relief. For over a decade she has been a consultant to the National Science Foundation on development of the health care system for Antarctica.
Dr. Johnson writes the monthly Ask the Doctor and Nutrition columns for the Military Officer Magazine (readership about 500,000), the regular Health Today: Q&A for Uniformed Services Journal, and writes on a range of health topics for lay and professional audiences. She is a frequent speaker at professional meetings. She is active with many professional associations including the Military Officer Association of America and DoCare, and has served on expert committees including the National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine. She served on the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Board of Trustees, and has been an adjunct faculty member at several medical schools. She is a registered member of the Wesget Sipu Native American tribe.
Dr. Johnson was a mentor at the 4th annual Mentoring and Networking Reception hosted by the Center of Women In Business in October 2014.