Paula A. Johnson is the executive director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, chief of the Division of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and professor of epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health. An internationally recognized cardiologist, Johnson brings a broad range of experience as a physician, researcher, and expert in public health and health policy to bear in the effort to transform the health of women.
Dr. Johnson founded the internationally recognized Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology. Her vision for achieving sustainable improvement in women’s health is reflected in the Connors Center’s unique interdisciplinary approach, which encompasses discovering how disease is expressed differently in women and men, integrating leading-edge research about women’s health into the delivery of care, influencing health policy, addressing the health of women globally, and training the next generation of leaders in the field of women’s health.
Her most recent research focuses on the impact of U.S. health care reform on women and studying leadership and developing training to advance the health of women globally.
Johnson is featured as a national leader in medicine by the National Library of Medicine and is the recipient of many awards recognizing her contributions in women’s and minority health and public health. Her 2013 TED talk, “His and Her Healthcare” has had almost 1 million viewers and has helped to raise awareness of the importance of sex differences to understanding women’s health. Dr. Johnson serves as commissioner and chair of the board of the Boston Public Health Commission, one of the nation’s leading departments of public health. She currently serves on several national and international boards and committees.
Johnson attended Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, received her MD and MPH degrees from Harvard, and trained in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine at BWH. A native of Brooklyn, New York, she lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.