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AAP "Founding Father" Ernest W. Johnson, MD Passes Away

Friday, November 21, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bernadette Rensing
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Dear AAP members:

Dr. Ernie Johnson, one of the most innovative and remarkable physicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), passed away Tuesday, November 18th at Rehabilitation Services in Dodd Hall, The Ohio State University, where he founded the Department of PM&R in 1963. Dr. Johnson is also considered the "Founding Father" of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) which was formed in 1967 by a small group of dedicated physiatric educators leading to the recognition and support of the specialty of physiatry by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). 

Dr. Johnson served for many years on the AAP Board of Trustees, serving as AAP President 1977-1979. In 1988, the American Journal of PM&R became the official Journal of the AAP and under the leadership of Dr. Johnson, AJPM&R's Editor-in-Chief 1988-2001, the Journal became a monthly publication and one of the best in the field.

Dr. Johnson was a pioneer and a giant in PM&R with enormous energy. His contributions to the specialty, the AAP, and countless other organizations and individuals are impossible to measure.  

AAP welcomes member suggestions for how best to honor and remember this icon who was a beloved leader, mentor, and friend to so many. 

Visitation will be held Friday, November 21, 2014 from 3-5 and 6-9 pm at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Rd. Columbus, OH. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Riverside United Methodist Church, 2701 Zollinger Rd, Columbus, OH. There will also be a memorial service at a later date allowing time for people to make travel arrangements.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dr. Johnson's memory to the OSU Wexner Medical Center's Ernest W. Johnson MD Residency Support Fund. Checks should be made payable to The OSU Foundation and sent to OSUWMC Development, Kyle Sebastion, 660 Ackerman Road, Columbus, OH 432158.  In the check memo line, please write: "in memory of Dr. Ernest Johnson."

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