Johnson to Lecture on Health Reform at Koop Institute May 1

April 19, 2012
Hanover, NH

Dr. Tim Johnson

The C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth is inviting the Dartmouth medical community and the Upper Valley community at large to a May 1 lecture at which former ABC News chief medical editor Tim Johnson, MD, will examine what he sees as the most pressing issues in delivery of health care in the United States.

In presenting the institute's annual John P. McGovern, MD, Lecture on Science and Society at Filene Auditorium in Dartmouth College's Moore Hall, Johnson will draw from his recent book, The Truth About Getting Sick in America. Johnson will sign copies of the book starting at 4:45 p.m., and will begin the lecture at 5:30.

Johnson has been explaining and commenting on medical issues for ABC News viewers since the debut of "Good Morning America" in 1975. He is currently a senior medical contributor for ABC News, after stepping aside in 2010 from the position of chief medical editor, in which he provided on-air medical analysis for "World News," "Nightline" and "20/20."

For his programs and feature reports, Johnson has earned an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and two Emmy Awards from the Boston/New England Chapter of the same organization. His other honors include a Gabriel Award in the best news story category for the two-part piece, "Alzheimer's: A Faded Memory," and the 1998 Bradford Washburn Award from the Boston Museum of Science. In 1988 the American College of Physicians conferred on him the Lewis Thomas Award for Communications, and in 1987 and 1989, he earned the American Heart Association's Howard W. Blakeslee Award.

Johnson is the founding editor of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter and co-editor of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter Book. He co-edited of the book Your Good Health, co-authored Let's Talk, and wrote Dr. Timothy Johnson's On-Call Guide to Men's Health and Finding God in the Questions: A Personal Journey.

Before going into medicine, Johnson trained for a career in the ministry, graduating from North Park Seminary in 1963. He went on to Augustana College, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, earned his MD summa cum laude from Albany Medical College, and completed his master's degree in public health at Harvard University. He has served appointments at both Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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