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Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., FAAO

Executive Dean

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine


Dr. Kenneth Johnson is a physician, educator and national leader in osteopathic and primary care medical education.

As the nation's population grows, its citizens age and unprecedented changes to the healthcare system occur, Dr. Johnson is leading the effort to help address the primary care shortage through innovative programs and strategies at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM).

In the summer of 2012, Dr. Johnson was named executive dean of OU-HCOM. In that role, he is leading a college with a national reputation for training primary care physicians (60 percent of its graduates go into primary care) and overseeing a period of unprecedented growth as it almost doubles its enrollment. It opened two extension campuses – in Dublin, Ohio, in July 2014, and in northeast Ohio in affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic, in July 2015.

Nationally, Dr. Johnson is active in educational policy and holds numerous leadership roles within the osteopathic profession. He currently sits on the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and is the vice chair of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Bureau of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education Development. He is a member of the AOA/American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine's Blue Ribbon Commission for the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education, which in 2013 released, "Building the Future: Educating the 21st Century Physician," an innovative model of physician education that was developed to address the primary care medical needs of the country. He is also the treasurer and past president of the American Academy of Osteopathy. He has served as the president and chief academic officer of the Northeast Osteopathic Medical Education Network and as vice chair of the AOA's Bureau of Osteopathic Education.

Prior to coming to OU-HCOM, Dr. Johnson was the associate dean for educational programs and vice dean at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), where he was also an associate professor of family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. At UNECOM, Dr. Johnson also served as associate dean of clinical education, an interim associate dean of clinical affairs and the interim chair of the department of family and community medicine. While in New England, Dr. Johnson held the positions of chief medical officer for the Health Access Network in Lincoln, Maine, and director of osteopathic medical education at the Eastern Maine Medical Center/UNECOM Family Practice Residency. Dr. Johnson also has held faculty positions at the University of Wyoming and Tufts University.

A 1992 graduate of UNECOM, Dr. Johnson is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. He completed his residency at UNECOM where he served as chief resident. Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor's degree in biology from St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vt.

In recognition of his professional accomplishments, Dr. Johnson received the Maine Osteopathic Physician Award in 2006, the Rosewell P. Bates Public Service in 2008, and was named the Thomas L. Northrup Lecturer in 2009.

Areas of Expertise

Medical Education, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Primary Care

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