Friday, December 14, 2012

Johnson to retire after 40 years as health reporter


Former MGH physician Timothy Johnson, MD, one of this country’s most respected sources of medical news, will retire from WCVB-TV Channel 5 at the end of the year after four decades of informing New England viewers about breaking health news and the latest medical advances. Johnson joined the station at its inception in 1972 as the host of “House Call,” a half-hour, Emmy Award-winning series on health.

“I never felt like a television personality,” said Johnson. “I always felt like a physician who was talking to his patients. I thought of what we were doing as trying to teach.”

Johnson’s early work at WCVB-TV captured the attention of ABC News, where he served as the network’s long-time medical editor, providing on-air analysis and reporting for “World News Tonight,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” and “Good Morning America.” In recent years, Johnson has become a passionate advocate for improving the nation’s health care system. In 2010 he authored the book The Truth About Getting Sick In America.

“I must say that the friendships and the support I’ve had from my colleagues in both medicine and media have been so meaningful to me. I really cherish those friendships and they’re as important to me as any visible achievement I’ve ever had,” Johnson said.

Johnson also is the founding editor of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter and co-editor of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter Book.

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