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Dr. Mark Johnson appointed as chair of Department of Neurosurgery at UMass

Continuing the trajectory of an already distinguished career, Dr. Mark D. Johnson, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School will assume the role of the chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Dr. Johnson began his credentialed career as a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, with honors, and then completing his undergraduate education at Amherst with a degree in Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude, no less. Following his undergraduate education, Dr. Johnson received his medical degree from Harvard and subsequently a Ph.D. in neurobiology in 1995. After Harvard, his medical pursuits brought him to the University of Washington and the Oregon Health and Sciences University to for his residency and post-doctoral work.

Upon returning to the Boston Metro Area, Dr. Johnson has served as a clinical neurosurgeon, an educator, and the director of his research laboratory. The Johnson Lab’s translational research focuses on adult hydrocephalus and on the genomics, cell biology and treatment of brain tumors. “Since 2003, Johnson has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and educational reviews, attracted more than $6 million in external research funding, and trained and mentored more than 15 neurosurgical residents and 23 postdoctoral fellows and students.”

Dr. Johnson’s appointment as the chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center promises to bring further advancement in the already, much-lauded area, of neurosurgery now under the leadership of Dr. Johnson

Congratulations to Dr. Johnson, the Department of Neurosurgery, and UMass Medical School and Center.

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