AGA presents first of two Distinguished Educator Awards at DDW® 2016.

David-JohnsonAGA honors David A. Johnson, MD, MACG, FASGE, FACP, with the first of two Distinguished Educator Awards. Dr. Johnson’s accomplishments as a mentor and academician over the last 25 years have continually fostered the successful careers of the next generation of physicians in the field of gastroenterology. His dedication and compassion as a physician make him an essential role model within the community.

Dr. Johnson is currently a professor of medicine and chief of gastroenterology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA. He is an author, investigator and overall leader in the field, who has published extensively in both internal medicine and gastroenterology literature, with over 500 articles, book chapters, invited reviews, abstracts in peer-reviewed journals and books. He is the editor of the 2016 book Human Microbiome in Health and Disease — Translational Opportunities for Intervention. He has also been heavily involved in setting positive standards for colon cancer screening, serving as co-author of the GI Multisociety Taskforce colorectal cancer screening guidelines from 2000 to present, and as co-author on three separate consensus documents that were developed and published in conjunction with the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

Beyond this, he has worked with Virginia State Senator Emily Couric, D, to advance the historic first legislation to mandate colon cancer screening with colonoscopy as the preferred standard of care, which has set the model for other states. He also remains as the GI advisor for the Entertainment Industry Foundation (Katie Couric) for CRC screening and has served as the coordinating advisor for their annual EIF report card on state legislation for CRC screening. Currently, Dr. Johnson serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Examiners (gastroenterology) and on numerous journal editorial boards, including prior section editor for the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Johnson has served as a member of the AGA Nominating Committee and in the AGA clinical practice session (clinical abstracts). Dr. Johnson is a past president of ACG and remains an active member. He received the highest award given by ACG, the Berk Fise Award, in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the field of gastroenterology. In 2012, he was presented both the “Great Teacher” award from NIH and the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Community Faculty, which is the highest award recognizing his education contributions. In addition, Dr. Johnson served as co-chairman for the National Affairs Workshop for ASGE, ACG, AGA and AASLD.

In addition to his broad reaching work to better the field, he has continued his role as mentor and educator, doing what he can to help current students thrive as physicians. As a master educator in the field of gastroenterology, Dr. Johnson serves as the course director of the ASGE mid-year course, the ACG post-graduate course and co-chaired the ACG Fellows Meeting for 17 years. In 2011, Dr. Johnson developed and coordinated funding for the Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Community Faculty Research Award, which helps support students and residents attend regional or national meetings to present their research or case reports. He has given extensive time to teaching through rounds in the hospital, core lectures, frequent medical grand rounds and assisting in publications — he has included medical students and internal medicine residents on over 120 journal publications, abstracts and textbook chapters.

Dr. Johnson began his education at the University of Virginia, continuing on to the Medical College of Virginia for medical school, the Naval Regional Medical Center for residency and the National Naval Medical Center for his fellowship in gastroenterology.