Dr. Daniel Johnson’s career is focused on improving access to quality healthcare for underserved populations using an asset based approach that leverages existing resources to strengthen community services. From 1987-1999 Dr. Johnson was at the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) and created and directed the UCM’s Pediatric and Adolescent HIV Program. From 1999-2007, he was the Chair of Pediatrics for Chicago’s Mount Sinai Health System. He returned to UCM in 2007 to take on a leadership role for improving community-based care through the UCM’s Urban Health Initiative.
As part of that effort he developed ECHO-Chicago, a knowledge transfer and force multiplier telehealth system designed to increase community level primary care capacity to diagnosis and treat multiple common chronic diseases by expanding the skill set of primary care providers. ECHO-Chicago serves as the foundation for the CDC sponsored HepCCATT (Hepatitis C Community Alliance to Test and Treat) program. HepCCATT is building an electronic database for Hepatitis C surveillance and expanding testing, treatment, and cure of Hepatitis C; and once built the system can be applied for surveillance of other diseases affecting Chicago. Dr. Johnson also co-led the creation of MAPSCorps (Meaningful Active Productive Science in service to communities) designed to simultaneously employ youth and map the presence of organizations and businesses in Chicago neighborhoods.
Dr. Johnson is boarded in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases (PID) and provides PID consultative services at Comer Children’s Hospital, Edward Hospital, and Mount Sinai Hospital. He is Section Chief of Academic Pediatrics, Interim Section Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Vice-Chair for Patient Care Services in the Department of Pediatrics.