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Heather Johnson, MD, MS



MADISON, WI 53792-0001

(608) 262-2075


Heather M. Johnson, MD, MS, FAHA is an Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Her primary clinical and research focus is to improve the evidence-based management of hypertension and other cardiovascular disease risk factors. She is a Preventive Cardiologist board certified in Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine, Echocardiography, and Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Johnson is also an American Society of Hypertension Specialist in Clinical Hypertension and a Fellow of the American Heart Association.

Dr. Johnson is a health services researcher with the University of Wisconsin Health Innovation Program and an NIH-funded investigator (NHLBI 1K23HL112907; 1R01HL132148-01A1). She has won awards and honors for her research, clinical care, and leadership through the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and national organizations.

Dr. Johnson has developed a research program that utilizes health outcomes data and qualitative methodology to develop interventions that improve the delivery of cardiovascular preventive services. Most notably, Dr. Johnson developed and has been awarded funding for the MyHEART (My Hypertension Education And Reaching Target) program, a theoretical based health-coaching program tailored to young adults with hypertension. Dr. Johnson’s research has also included evaluating predictors and mechanisms of subclinical atherosclerosis with the University of Wisconsin Atherosclerosis Imaging Research Program and the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. She has studied the effects of tobacco cessation and smoking on mechanisms of cardiovascular disease and the use of carotid intima-media thickness to improve evidence-based cardiovascular disease risk factor management.

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Ho AK, Bartels CM, Thorpe CT, Pandhi N, Smith MA, Johnson HM. Achieving weight loss and hypertension control among obese adults: a U.S. multi-disciplinary group practice observational study. American Journal of Hypertension. 2016;29:984-991. PMCID: PMC4941595

Gooding H, Johnson HM. The unchartered frontier: preventive cardiology between the ages of 15 and 35 years. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports. 2016;10:Article 29; p1-8. PMCID: PMC5300081

Johnson HM, Warner RC, LaMantia JN, Bowers BJ. “I have to live like I’m old.” Young adults’ perspectives on managing hypertension: a multi-center qualitative study. BMC Family Practice. 2016;17:31. PMCID: PMC4788815

Johnson HM, Olson AG, LaMantia JN, Kind AJH, Pandhi N, Mendonça EA, Craven M, Smith MA. Documented lifestlye education among young adults with incident hypertension. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2015;30:556-564. PMCID: PMC4395591

Johnson HM, Thorpe CT, Bartels CM, Schumacher JR, Palta M, Pandhi N, Sheehy AM, Smith MA. Undiagnosed hypertension among young adults with regular primary care use. Journal of Hypertension. 2014;32:65-74. PMCID: PMC3868024