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Joseph Johnson, M.D. Recognized for 20 Years as Chief of Surgery

Joseph Johnson, M.D., was recently honored at a Highland provider recognition event after stepping down as Highland Hospital’s Chief of Surgery having served as the department’s leader for nearly 20 years. He will continue to serve as chief of the bariatric/GI division within the University of Rochester Department of Surgery and continue his surgical practice as Associate Professor of Surgery in the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group.

“Dr. Johnson has been a leader in ensuring high quality care at Highland, building vital subspecialty surgical services that serve a wide variety of patient care needs, overseeing the OR expansion project, being a philanthropic champion for Highland, and actively participating in the governance structure of the medical staff,” said Cindy Becker, Highland Vice President and COO. “We are very grateful for his many years of service as Chief of Surgery. And over the course of the last two years, Dr. Johnson has provided clear direction to the hospital and the surgical department as we’ve navigated COVID-19’s complicated impacts on Highland’s surgical practice.” 

Dr. Johnson served on the Highland Foundation Board and its Board of Directors, completing two years as the chairman of the board from 2015-17. He has also participated in boards and committees at the University of Rochester Medical Center, including the Executive Committee for the Medical Faculty Group. Moreover, he has made significant contributions to the education of countless medical students, residents, and fellows, and will continue to do so. He has won many teaching awards including the prestigious Elethea H. Caldwell, MD Plastic Surgery Residents Teaching Award in 2014. Dr. Johnson also received the Physician Award for Rochester Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes in 2017.


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