Dr. Michael Johns receives 2015 Lifetime Achievement honor

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Dr. Michael Johns was honored for Lifetime Achievement at the 2015 National Physician of the Year Awards. The event was held at The Pierre Hotel on March 23rd, 2015 celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the inauguration of the award by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Dr. Michael Johns

Dr. Michael Johns

Each year when The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented at The National Physician of the Year Awards, the question arises: What should this award honor? Should it solely be intended for those research physicians whose genius and creativity have led to major breakthroughs in medicine? A Dr. Basil Hershkowitz, whose work on the development of the first flexible optical endoscopes led to one of the most important technological advances in the history of medicine. A Dr. Tom Starzl, who laid the foundation for the first organ transplants. Or Dr. John Mulliken, this year's co-recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, whose selfless work decade after decade on facial birth defects and anomalies has impacted the lives of children worldwide.

Yet, is there another level of achievement that is as equally as important? The administrator, the college president, the chancellor, who has a vision of what healthcare can and should be in a society - and then sees the role of how medical and other institutions can help make this happen. A leader, who can take on the oft challenging task of herding hundreds of brilliant and opinionated faculty, physicians, staff and other employees into a coherent unit that not only serves the present healthcare situation, but can march over the horizon into new and uncharted frontiers.

Dr. Michael Johns is one such figure, a leader who consistently raised the bar at some of the most important medical institutions. He served as chancellor of Emory University (2007-2012) having previously led the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, encompassing Emory Healthcare, the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health and the Yerkes Primate Center. Before coming to Emory, Dr. Johns was Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. And more recently, he served as Interim Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Michigan.

To see the full article about Dr. Johns, as well as a video from the awards dinner, click here

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