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David W Johnson

Position: 

Professor, Departments of Paediatrics, Pharmacology & Physiology

Phone: 
(403) 955-7507
Address: 

Alberta Children's Hospital
C4,643, 2888 Shaganappi Trail, NW
Calgary, AB  T3B 6A8

Biography: 

Dr. David Johnson is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Physiology & Pharmacology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He is also Co-Chair of the Healthy Living, Accident Prevention & Optimizing Health Outcomes Theme of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Co-Chair of the Child Health Working Group of Alberta Health Services, and Past Chair and Co-Founder of Pediatric Emergency Research Canada - a  Canada-wide network of 15 pediatric emergency departments dedicated to conducting multi-center observational studies and interventional trials focused on determining best ways to manage acutely ill and injured children.

Dr. Johnson graduated from Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA, in 1984, completed pediatrics training at the University of Utah (Primary Children's Hospital), Salt Lake City, USA in 1987, and a fellowship in Pediatric Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Toronto (Hospital for Sick Children), Toronto in 1991.  He was recruited to Calgary in 1995, and works clinically as a pediatric emergency physician at the Alberta Children's Hospital, and as a medical toxicologist at the Alberta Poison and Drug Information Service.

Dr. Johnson's primary research interests focus on the management of common respiratory illnesses (croup, bronchiolitis, and asthma), and has published several large multi-centre randomized controlled trials assessing the benefit of corticosteroids for both croup and bronchiolitis in the New England Journal of Medicine. More recently, he has become interested in determining how best to translate knowledge into practice, and has completed several large multi-centre studies assessing different strategies for implementing clinical practice guidelines and clinical pathways in Alberta. Through this experience, he has become a Co-investigator and Lead of a Canada-wide research network of clinicians and research methodologists focused on knowledge translation (KT),  the Calgary node of KT Canada. Dr. Johnson has also published widely on the management of several common poisonings (such as acetaminophen and salicylate) and other common pediatric emergency medicine topics (such as gastroenteritis and head injury).

(publication list updated May 24, 2010)

Research Activities: 

Management of acute respiratory disease in children (asthma, bronchiolitis, croup)

Other Area(s) of Research: 

1) Knowledge translation; 2) Management of acetaminophen and salicylate poisoning

Primary Area of Research: 

Dr. Johnson's primary research interests focus on the management of common respiratory illnesses (croup, bronchiolitis, and asthma), and has published several large multi-centre randomized controlled trials assessing the benefit of corticosteroids for both croup and bronchiolitis in the New England Journal of Medicine. A related research interest is in determining how best to translate knowledge into practice. He has completed several large multi-centre studies assessing different strategies for implementing clinical practice guidelines and clinical pathways in Alberta. Through this experience, he has become a Co-investigator and Lead of a Canada-wide research network of clinicians and research methodologists focused on knowledge translation (KT),  the Calgary node of KT Canada. Dr. Johnson has also published widely on the management of several common poisonings (such as acetaminophen and salicylate) and other common pediatric emergency medicine topics (such as gastroenteritis and head injury).

Publications: 
Degrees: 
  • M.D. (Doctor of Medicine)