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Heather Johnson, MD



MADISON, WI 53792-0001

(608) 263-0891



  • 2010-2011
    MS, Major: Population Health
  • 2005-2006
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • 2006-2007
    Capstone Certificate, Clinical Investigator Preparatory Program
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • 1998-2002
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine - Madison
  • 1994-1998
    BS, Major: Molecular Biology
    University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • 2002-2005
    Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine
    University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics


  • 2009-2010
    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
    Training Program in Translational Cardiovascular Science
    University of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Research Center
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • 2006-2009
    Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship
    University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
  • 2005-2007
    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
    Women's Health and Aging: Research and Leadership Training Grant
    University of Wisconsin Center for Women's Health Research

Board Certification

  • American Society of Hypertension, Specialist in Clinical Hypertension, 2012
  • Internal Medicine, 2005
  • American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, 2008
  • Internal Medicine - Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine, 2009
  • National Board of Echocardiography, 2010

Current Appointments

  • Assistant Professor
    • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
      Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Medical Staff
    • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
    • Meriter Hospital, Madison, WI
    • Watertown Memorial Hospital, Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology, Watertown, WI
    • Divine Savior Hospital, Nuclear Cardiology, Portage, WI
    • Richland Hospital, Nuclear Cardiology, Richland Center, WI
  • Provisional Staff
    • Beaver Dam Community Hospital, Nuclear Cardiology, Beaver Dam, WI

Research Interests

Heather M. Johnson, MD, MS is an Assistant 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, and she is an American Society of Hypertension Specialist in Clinical Hypertension.

Dr. Johnson is a health services researcher with the University of Wisconsin Health Innovation Program and an NIH-funded investigator (NHLBI 1K23HL112907; Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Hypertension Control in Young Adults). In July 2010, Dr. Johnson was selected as a University of Wisconsin Centennial Scholar for her research. She has developed a research program that utilizes health outcomes data and qualitative methodology to improve the management of hypertension and the delivery of cardiovascular preventive services to young adults. Dr. Johnson has evaluated 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.

Search for Heather Johnson's literature abstracts on PubMed


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(1):65-74. PubMed PMID: 24126711; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3868024.

Johnson HM, Gossett L, Piper ME, Aeschlimann SE, Korcarz CE, Baker TB, Fiore MC, Stein JH. Effects of smoking and smoking cessation on endothelial function: one-year outcomes from a randomized clinical trial. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2010;55(18):1988-95. PubMed PMID: 20236788; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2947952.

Johnson HM, Piper ME, Jorenby DE, Fiore MC, Baker TB, Stein JH. Risk factors for subclinical carotid atherosclerosis among current smokers. Preventive Cardiology. 2010;13(4):166-71. PubMed PMID: 20860639.

Johnson HM, Turke TL, Grossklaus M, Dall T, Carimi S, Koenig LM, Aeschlimann SE, Korcarz CE, Stein JH. Effects of an office-based carotid ultrasound screening intervention. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. 2011;24(7):738-47. PubMed PMID: 21477989.

Sheehy A, Pandhi N, Coursin DB, Flood GE, Kraft SA, Johnson HM, Smith MA. Minority status and diabetes screening in an ambulatory population. Diabetes Care. 2011;34(6):1289-94. PubMed PMID: 21562321; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3114363.