Mark B. Johnson, MD, MPH, was elected CMS president-elect during the 2020 Colorado Medical Society Leadership Election held in August. He will be installed as CMS president in September 2021 after serving a one-year term as president elect starting September 2020. Johnson has served as a member of the CMS Board of Directors since 2016 and has served in many other leadership capacities within the medical society – leading committees, councils, workgroups, task forces and as a delegate to the former policy-making body of CMS – continually since 1993.
"Dr. Johnson has been a valued member of the CMS Board of Directors for many years," said current CMS President David Markenson, MD. "He brings tremendous experience -- in the practice of medicine, public health, medical education, and connecting community leaders -- that will serve him well as CMS president-elect and president. CMS and the physicians of Colorado will be well served by Dr. Johnson’s knowledge and leadership."
Johnson has served as the executive director of Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) since 1990. He had announced his plan last year to retire in June but delayed retirement to October to lead the county’s response to COVID-19.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has once again brought the worlds of medicine and public health into a close alliance, and together we face dramatic changes in how we meet the health needs of our community," Johnson said. "I look forward to helping facilitate this partnership as we work toward addressing these extremely complex issues.”
Over his professional career, in addition to leading the county through the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires and floods, he has achieved many other accomplishments: helping write and pass the Colorado Public Health Act in 2008, which helps ensure core public health services are provided effectively and equally to everyone in the state, and helping establish the Colorado School of Public Health, where he still teaches today as an associate professor and assistant clinical professor. Johnson also advocated for transparency around safety related to the Rocky Flats, led JCPH to receive national accreditation status, and has served and continues to serve on multiple leadership boards and committees in the public health and medical fields. The Colorado Public Health Association presented him the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.
Johnson was awarded a Master of Public Health by Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and his medical degree by Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He received additional training through a preventive medicine residency at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and a clinical fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Psychiatry. He was a senior assistant surgeon with the United States Public Health Service National Health Service Corps, and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, U.S. Army Reserves before honorable discharge in 2006.