Dr. Cynda Ann Johnson, founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, was recently honored at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) 2010 annual meeting held in Washington, D.C.
During a poster presentation and reception on women’s sustainable leadership in medical education for the Group on Women in Medicine and Science, the AAMC presented Johnson with a “Certificate of Recognition” for her leadership as the founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
“I was honored to receive the award in front of so many other leaders who are active in medical education,” said Johnson. “It is both a proud and humbling feeling to be chosen for such a distinction.”
Johnson received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. She received her M.D. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles 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. She is past president of the American Board of Family Practice (now Family Medicine) and the American Board of Medical Specialties.
In 2007, Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger, Carilion Clinic CEO Edward Murphy, and Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine announced the creation of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. Johnson was named founding dean in January 2008, and led the development of the school’s mission, vision, and unique curriculum, leading to preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in 2009. The charter class began its studies in August 2010.
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute joins the basic science, life science, bioinformatics, and engineering strengths of Virginia Tech with the medical practice and medical education experience of Carilion Clinic. Virginia Tech Carilion is located on the new biomedical health sciences campus in Roanoke, adjacent to Carilion Clinic and near Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.