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Heather Johnson, MD, MS

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE

CLINICAL SCIENCE CENTER
600 HIGHLAND AVE
MADISON, WI 53792-0001

(608) 263-0891




Biography

Education

  • 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
    MD
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine - Madison
  • 1994-1998
    BS, Major: Molecular Biology
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

Residency

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

Fellowship

  • 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

  • Associate 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 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, 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.

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Johnson HM, Bartels CM, Thorpe CT, Schumacher JR, Pandhi N, Smith MA. Differential diagnosis and treatment rates between systolic and diastolic hypertension in young adults: a multi-disciplinary observational study. Journal of Clinical Hypertension (Greenwich). 2015 June 13. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed PMID: 26073687.

Wallace ML, Magnan EM, Thorpe CT, Schumacher JR, Smith MA, Johnson HM. Diagnosis and treatment of incident hypertension among patients with diabetes: a U.S. multi-disciplinary group practice observational study. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2015;30(6):768-76. PubMed PMID: 25650264; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4441679.

Johnson HM, Olson AG, LaMantia JN, Kind AJH, Pandhi N, Mendonça EA, Craven M, Smith MA. Documented lifestly education among young adults with incident hypertension. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2015;30(5):556-34. PubMed PMID: 25373831; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4395591.

Johnson HM, Thorpe CT, Bartels CM, Schumacher JR, Palta M, Pandhi N, Sheehy AM, Smith MA. Antihypertensive medication initiation among young adults with regular primary care use. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2014;29(5):723-31. PubMed PMID: 24493322; PubMed Central PMCID: 4000352.

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: 3868024.