Mark B. Johnson, MD, MPH

Founding Fellow

Golden, Colorado, USA

Mark B. Johnson, MD, MPH, FACPM, has been active in state and national public health issues and the president of several national organizations and the director of the public health department for the second most populous county in Colorado.  For many years, he has played a pivotal role in Colorado’s resistance to licensure of non-science-based practitioners.

Dr Johnson not only serves as president of ISM, but is currently president of the American College of Preventive Medicine until February 2011.  Since 1990, he has also been Executive Director of the Department of Public Health and Environment for Jefferson County, Colorado.

After attending medical school in Loma Linda, California, Dr Johnson served three years in the US Public Health Service in the National Health Service Corps in rural Springfield, Colorado. He left the US Army Reserves Medical Corps as a Lt Colonel. In 1988, he was board certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, after training in that specialty at Johns Hopkins University. He was Medical Director for the Center for Health Promotion at Loma Linda University, and later the Director for Preventive Medicine Services and the State Epidemiologist in Wyoming before moving back to Colorado in 1990.

Dr Johnson has been President and then the Affiliate Representative to the American Public Health Association for both the Wyoming and Colorado Public Health Associations. He also has been a delegate to the Colorado Medical Society’s House of Delegates for the past 17 years.  He also served as a member of the Preventive Medicine Residency Review Committee. He currently is on the Centura Health and Adventist Health System boards of trustees.

As president, Dr Johnson is the chief spokesman for the Institute.

Selected Publications:

  • “Physician competencies for prescribing lifestyle medicine” (with L Lianov), Journal of the American Medical Association, 2010 Jul 13, 304(2):202-203. [DOI] [Extract]
  • H1N1 lessons learned for clinical and health care practitioners,” panel presentation at National Association of County and City Health Officials (with W Schaffner & H Tilson), 2009 Mar 24.
  • Adapt and thrive: preventive medicine’s bankruptcy protection,” ACPM President’s Column, 2009.
  • “‘Out, damn’d “at”; out, I say!’ ‘preventative’ versus ‘preventive’,” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2006 Nov; 31(5):451-452. [DOI]
  • “Residency training in preventive medicine:  challenges and opportunities” (with AM Ducatman, JM Vanderploeg, JD Rubin, P Harber, R Sokas, RG Harmon, P Rumm, E Nilson, PB Batalden, G Merchant, M Krauss, RL Goldberg, M Valdez, SE Dismuke, GR Wagner, K Leniek & J Rosenthal), American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2005 May; 28(4):403-412. [DOI]

In the News:

  • Prominent physician organization endorses NuVal™ Nutritional Scoring System,” press release, 2010 Jan 18. “ACPM supports evidence-based and meaningful nutrition labeling that can guide consumers to healthier eating,” said ACPM President Mark B. Johnson. “ACPM has reviewed the NuVal nutritional rating system and found that it meets the ACPM criteria for support … We believe that arming consumers with easy-to-understand, at-a-glance, information about the nutritional quality of the food they purchase, at the point of purchase, can have a significant impact on changing their eating behaviors.” Johnson added that ACPM received no financial compensation for its endorsement, which was purely merit-based.
  • Lifestyle medicine literature review released by American College of Preventive Medicine,” Medical News Today, 2009 Aug 28. “This is a landmark event. The principles of lifestyle medicine are foundational to health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management. Yet we believe this is the first time that a comprehensive group of physician stakeholders has met to determine what it is that physicians in primary care practice should know about this vital aspect of modern medicine,” says ACPM President Mark B. Johnson.
  • Aspirin recommendation underscores need for physicians and patients to discuss benefits and risk,” Wellsphere, 2009 Mar 17. “The task force has taken positive steps to lend clarity to patients and physicians about the value of aspirin for prevention of cardiovascular events,” says ACPM President Mark B. Johnson. “The new guidelines make it clear that physicians, as a matter of routine practice, should be discussing the pros and cons of daily aspirin use with patients in the target groups.”

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