The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) recently honored Dr. James E. Johnson (D.O., FACOS), with the Orel F. Martin Medal, the organization’s highest award. Dr. Johnson, a surgeon affiliated with McLaren Macomb, was recognized for his outstanding career as an osteopathic surgeon, educator, mentor and leader.
The ACOS awards the medal each year to a member who has made an outstanding contribution to the College or to the osteopathic profession. The ACOS presented the medal at its recent 2012 Annual Clinical Assembly held in Chicago.
Throughout his career, excellence in surgical care and surgical education has been Dr. Johnson’s top priority. He currently serves as program director for McLaren Macomb’s vascular surgery fellowship program. He was also program director of the hospital’s general surgery residency program for 17 years.
In addition, Dr. Johnson is chief of the hospital’s division of vascular surgery. He has also served as chief of staff, vice chair of the department of surgery, chair of the medical education committee and on the McLaren Macomb Board of Trustees.
As a leader in the osteopathic profession, Dr. Johnson was instrumental in creating the first osteopathic consortium of general surgery residency programs in the nation through the Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he is a clinical professor of surgery.
Appointed by the president of the American Osteopathic Association, Dr. Johnson currently serves on the board of the Osteopathic Political Action Committee and on the AOA Bureau on Federal Health Programs. He is the first surgeon to be appointed to these positions.
Dr. Johnson is a 1975 graduate of the Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship at the Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and a general surgery residency program at McLaren Macomb.