Tim Johnson

Timothy R.B. Johnson, MD, DSc, ACOG, FWACS, FGCPS
 
Prof. Timothy R. B. Johnson received his A. B., with distinction and high honors, 1970 and A. M. in 1971 from The University of Michigan. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Virginia in 1975. Prof. Johnson went on to serve his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Michigan.  Began at the Johns Hopkins University in 1985.  .
 
Returned in 1993 Prof. Johnson is currently the Bates Professor (1898) of the Diseases of Women and Children, and as well as the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Women’s Studies, Research Scientist in the Center for Human Growth and Development, and Faculty Associate of the Center for Global Health at the University of Michigan.
 
Under Prof. Johnson’s leadership, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Women’s Health Program at the University of Michigan are within the top tier of academic, clinical, and research programs as recognized by such measures as National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U.S. News & World Reports rankings.
 
His scholarly contributions, including over 100 peer-reviewed publications, reflect important work on assessment of fetal gestational age, evaluation of fetal well-being, and clinical aspects of fetal behavior.  Member of the Institute of Medicine, of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest honor for a medical doctor in the United States.
 
Dr. Johnson is former Chair of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on International Affairs.  He is also Editor Emeritus of the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. 
 
In 1986, Prof. Johnson, who was then at The Johns Hopkins University, visited Ghana to give a series of lectures to the Society of Gynecologists & Obstetricians of Ghana (SOGOG) on behalf of USAID.  On his return he helped establish the Ghana Post Graduate Obstetrics & Gynecology Program in 1989, a five-year structured specialist-training program, which has trained well over  100 Ob/Gyns and has decreased the rate of maternal mortality by more than half. 
 
·      Facilitated the continued exchange of medical residents between University of Ghana Medical School and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology – School of Medical Sciences with the University of Michigan Medical School.
·      Conferred with an Honorary Fellowship of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2007
·      Initiated an International Family Planning Fellowship Program (IFPFP) with two fellows each at UG Medical School and KNUST to complete a two year fellowship program, 2008
·      Spearheaded the UM’s Presidential level commitment to support initiatives in Ghana, with a visit from the University President, 2008
·      Helped establish an Emergency Medicine training curriculum program from University of Michigan, with the Accident and Emergency Center at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital as a training site, 2009
·      Helped initiate as Co-PI the Gates Ghana-Michigan CHARTER Grant in partnership with the Ghana MOH to evaluate human resource capacity in the health sector in Ghana.
 
In summary, Dr. Timothy Johnson has made an impressive, broad based and long term effort to improve healthcare in Ghana which has had a sustainable and tangible impact on the people of that impoverished West African nation.  I can think of no person who more clearly deserves the award to be bestowed upon him this afternoon by Ann Arbor Rotary. (Remarks by Bob Hyzy, June 29, 2016)