Cynda A. Johnson, MD, MBA

President and Founding Dean

Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Position Responsibilities

As dean of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Dr. Cynda Johnson serves as the chief academic and administrative officer with responsibility for the development, planning, and execution of new programs related to undergraduate medical education. Dean Johnson builds a foundation of excellence in medical education that supports fellowship programs and a robust research agenda. She is responsive to the concerns and needs of faculty and students and fosters a close relationship between and among clinical and basic science faculty, management, and clinical staff.

Professional Background

Dr. Cynda Ann Johnson, M.D., MBA was selected founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in January 2008. She received a bachelors degree in German (honors) and biology from Stanford University and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. She received her M.D. degree from the UCLA School of Medicine followed by residency training in family medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a teaching fellowship at the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Johnson served as residency director at KU and, while serving as interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine, completed her MBA at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She also served as professor and head of the Department of Family Medicine in the College of Medicine, professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Medicine in the College of Public Health, and director of the Family Care Center for the University of Iowa. Dr. Johnson joined East Carolina University in 2003 as dean of the Brody School of Medicine and, in 2006, was appointed senior associate vice chancellor for clinical and translational research in the Division of Research and Graduate Studies.While serving in this role, she led the development of the ECU Center for Health Disparities Research.

Dr. Johnson is past president of the American Board of Family Practice (now Family Medicine) and the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dr. Johnson was a busy clinician for 30 years focusing on maternal and child health including obstetrics and outpatient gynecology. Academically, she has a special interest in chronic kidney disease and international medicine. As a medical educator, she has been involved in LCME reaccreditation at three institutions, including oversight of the process at ECU.

Research Interests

  • Careers of women in medicine
  • Women’s health
  • International medicine

Current Research

  • Medical education

Awards and Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Mead Johnson Award for Graduate Education in Family Practice, 1979-80
  • Jayhawker M.D. Award (student award for best clinical faculty), 1985
  • East Carolina University Best Doctor’s 2006, “Business North Carolina” 25th Anniversary
  • North Carolina Academy of Family Practice Presidential Service Award, 2006

Education and Training

  • University of Missouri: Executive MBA
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine: Family Medicine Fellowship
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine: Residency in Family Medicine
  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine: MD
  • Stanford University: BA