University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Heather Johnson, MD, MS, MMM



MADISON, WI 53792-0001

(608) 262-2075

Heather M. Johnson, MD, MS, MMM, FAHA, FACC is the Associate Chief of Cardiology for Faculty Affairs and an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She is a practicing Cardiologist and Preventive Cardiologist board certified in Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine and Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Johnson has also been designated as an American Heart Association Specialist in Clinical Hypertension, a Fellow of the American Heart Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Beyond her clinical training, Dr. Johnson also obtained a Master of Population Health (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and a Master of Medical Management (University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business).

Dr. Johnson is an NIH-funded investigator, health services researcher and clinical trial investigator with the University of Wisconsin Health Innovation Program. Dr. Johnson’s research program utilizes administrative data and qualitative methodologies to develop sustainable interventions that improve the delivery of cardiovascular preventive services. Most notably, Dr. Johnson developed and has been awarded funding for MyHEART (My Hypertension Education And Reaching Target) program, a theoretical based health-coaching intervention 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.

Dr. Johnson has won multiple awards 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 including induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (2018) and Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society (2019).

Search for Heather Johnson's literature abstracts on PubMed

  1. 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
  2. St-Onge MP, Ard J, Baskin ML, Chiuve SE, Johnson HM, Kris-Etherton P, Varady K; American Heart Association Obesity Committee of the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health; Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young; Council on Clinical Cardiology; and Stroke Council. Meal Timing and Frequency: Implications for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2017; 135:e96-e121. Public Access Policy Exempt – Not resulting from NIH-funded research.
  3. Johnson HM, LaMantia JN, Brown CM, Warner RC, Zeller LM, Haggart RC, Stonewall K, Lauver DR. My Hypertension Education and Reaching Target (MyHEART): Development and dissemination of a patient-centered website for young adults with hypertension. JMIR Cardio. 2017;1:e5. PMCID: PMC5898439
  4. Chaddha A, Smith MA, Palta M, Johnson HM. Hypertension control after an initial cardiac event among Medicare patients with diabetes mellitus: a multidisciplinary group practice observational study. The Journal of Clinical Hypertension (Greenwich). 2018; 20:891-901. PMCID: PMC6109367
  5. Haggart RC, Bartels CM, Smith MA, Johnson HM. Sociodemographics and hypertension control among young adults with incident hypertension: a multidisciplinary group practice observational study. Journal of Hypertension. 2018; 36:2425-2433. PMCID: PMC6290735