Nick Johnson ’97

MJS Graduation Year: 1997
High School/College: St. Francis/Santa Clara University

How have you been spending your time now (professional and/or personal)?
After college, I attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, and then completed residency and fellowship training and in both emergency medicine and critical care medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Washington, respectively. Currently, I am an attending physician at Harborview Medical Center, a UW Medicine affiliate and the only major trauma center for a 5-state region, where I care for patients in the emergency department and intensive care units. I am also an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where I teach medical students, residents, and fellows. I am also a clinical investigator and conduct studies on critical illness outcomes, with a focus on lung injury, sepsis, and cardiac arrest.

My wife Amy and I have a 2-year old boy named Max, who keeps us quite busy, and a second child on the way. We spend lots of time outdoors enjoying the mountains and water in the Pacific Northwest, and love to travel.

What drew you to medicine?
I’ve always been interested in science, but also love the human aspect of my job. I get to think about really fascinating and challenging concepts, solve complex problems, and also shepherd people through their most difficult times. It’s a demanding career and long road, but I can’t see myself doing anything else.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Definitely being a dad. It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had, and my respect for parents and teachers has grown even more. Aside from that, I love watching my trainees graduate and go on to successful careers of their own. I’ve also been lucky enough to be involved with some research studies that have really changed the way we care for patients, which is quite rewarding.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I have such a long list, but Japan and Kenya are both top candidates for my next international trip.

How did your time at Mayfield impact your life?
It took me many years to settle into an academic rhythm. I wasn’t the best (or easiest) student during my time at MJS. I had a number of teachers (Mrs. Hermanson and Mrs. Holtsnider, among others), who never gave up on me and found ways to keep me focused and on track. I was able to really succeed in high school and college because of some of the lessons they, and other MJS teachers, taught me.

What are some core values that Mayfield taught you that have helped in life?
Service to others has been a consistent theme in my life that I learned first at MJS. I recall volunteering at Villa Esperanza, and other outreach projects, as important components of my early education. I volunteered extensively throughout high school and college, and now work at a large county hospital, where I care for underserved patient populations

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