Dr. Timothy Johnson is one of the nation’s leading medical communicators of health care information. As former Chief Medical Editor for ABC News for 25 years, Johnson provided on-air medical analysis for “Good Morning America,” “World News,” “Nightline” and “20/20.” He provided commentary on medical problems and answers for viewers of ABC News’ “Good Morning America” since the program’s debut in 1975.
Dr. Tim’s programs and feature reports have won several awards, including an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as well as several Emmys from the Boston/New England Chapter of the same organization for his work as Medical Editor of WCVB-TV, Boston.
Among his many other honors, Dr. Tim received the Lewis Thomas Award for Communications from the American College of Physicians in 1988, and in 1987 and 1989, he won the Howard W. Blakeslee Award given by the American Heart Association. In 1998, he won the Bradford Washburn Award presented by the Museum of Science, Boston — an honor also bestowed upon Jacques Cousteau, Walter Cronkite, Dr. Jane Goodall and Alan Alda, among others. In 1999, he earned a Gabriel Award in the best news story category for the two-part piece, “Alzheimer’s: A Faded Memory.”
Dr. Tim is the founding editor of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter and co-editor of the “Harvard Medical School Health Letter Book.” He is also co-editor of the book “Your Good Health,” co-author of “Let’s Talk,” and author of “Dr. Timothy Johnson’s OnCall Guide to Men’s Heath” and “Finding God in the Questions: A Personal Journey.” Most recently he is the author of a book on health care reform titled “The Truth About Getting Sick in America.”
Originally headed for the ministry, he graduated in from North Park Seminary in 1963, then decided two years later to enter medicine. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Augustana College, he graduated summa cum laude from Albany Medical College and holds a masters degree in public health from Harvard University. He is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and is a staff member of Massachusetts General Hospital, among other institutions.
Dr. Tim is married, with two children and four grandchildren.