Timothy Johnson M.D.

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Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstrectics and Gynecology
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Bates Professor, Diseases of Women and Children
Professor, Women's Studies
Research Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development

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Contact Information:
Major Projects:
  • Ghana Postgraduate Obstetrics/Gynecology Program. Beginning in the 1980s, Dr. Johnson worked with colleagues at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the University of Ghana, and the Ghanaian government to develop a post-graduate training program for OB/GYNs in Ghana. Initially funded by the Carnegie Foundation and now self-sufficient, the program has effectively retained all 37 of its trainees, with 36 still practicing in Ghana (the 37th served as Ghana’s Minister of Health). The post-graduate OB/GYN training program has created a sense of partnership between the two medical schools in Ghana, the Ghanaian government, and the University of Michigan. It has opened doors for Ghanaian students, researchers, and clinicians to visit Ann Arbor, and for U-M colleagues to visit Accra. It has spawned a partnership with the NIH-funded MHIRT program (see p.17), which uses faculty mentors at U-M and in selected locations around the world to train undergraduate and graduate students in health disparities research. To date, nearly 20 U-M students have spent their summers in Ghana conducting research. In addition, several faculty members from a variety of U-M departments have established meaningful collaborations with Ghanaian counterparts. These efforts have also attracted the attention of the William Davidson Institute, who has offered $100,000 per year, beginning in 2007, to fund a clinical department interested in replicating the work that Tim Johnson began with the post-graduate training program in OB/GYN.
  • Pregnancy complications at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, with Frank Anderson (Medicine). See Center for Human Growth and Development, MHIRT.
  • Photochemical properties of uterotonic herbs, with Frank Anderson (Medicine). See Center for Human Growth and Development, MHIRT.
Country:
  • Ghana
Schools:
  • OB-GYN
  • Diseases of Women and Children
  • Center for Human Growth and Development
  • Women's Studies