uAspire First One – Paula Johnson

By: Chris Loney | Monday, February 24, 2014

Finances are the #1 barrier that keeps high-potential students across our country from continuing their education and earning a degree. As part of the uAspire First One Awards, uAspire will be featuring stories of individuals who are first-generation college graduates. Despite many challenges – often because of the high costs of college – they persevered and earned their college degree. Their stories show why it’s so important that education remains an affordable option to all, and how uAspire is committed to this effort.

The following story is about Paula Johnson, Chief Medical Resident at Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Dr. Paula A. Johnson is the Executive Director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology and Chief of the Division of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. An internationally recognized cardiologist, Dr. Johnson brings a broad range of experience as a physician, researcher and expert in public health and health policy to bear in the effort to transform the health of women. Her most recent work focuses on the impact of U.S. health care reform on women.

Dr. Johnson serves as Commissioner and chair of the Board of the Boston Public Health Commission and is chairing the Mayoral Transition Team on Public Health and Health Care for the first new administration in 20 years. She has served as a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health, and currently serves on numerous national and international committees, including the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Preventive Services for Women and the board of the MA Prevention Trust, the first public health trust of its type in the United States. She has been featured at the National Library of Medicine in their women leaders in medicine exhibit. Dr. Johnson is the first African American to achieve the rank of professor in the 100 year history of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

BS, Biology – Harvard College (1980)
MD/MPH – Harvard Medical School (1985)

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