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Senior Advisor - Public Health

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Dr. Johanson completed his undergraduate education at Wheaton College and subsequently earned his MD degree in 1985 from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. As part of his post graduate gastroenterology fellowship training, he earned a Master’s of Science degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He began his medical career as an academically focused private practice gastroenterologist in 1991. In addition to taking care of patients, he has been active in pharmaceutical development and clinical research publishing more than 200 articles in peer reviewed journals and has had the opportunity to lecture extensively both nationally and internationally within his areas of expertise.


Dr. Johanson recently retired from clinical practice to shift vocational focus. As a result of a life-long passion for health care improvement amongst underserved populations, he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health with emphasis on global health to provide a foundation upon which to address critical health needs among low- and middle-income countries throughout the world. Given his background in gastroenterology, he is particularly motivated to confront the considerable public health challenges related to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and unsatisfactory hygiene (WASH) as well as health concerns associated with solid waste management. Solutions to such complex problems require ingenuity, hard work, commitment and most of all compassion, qualities which have shaped Dr. Johanson throughout his medical career.

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