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Meet Mark Damone Johnson, A Professor Of Neurological Surgery

Mark Johnson Holding Skull (UMass Medical School)


Mark Damone Johnson is a professor of neurological surgery and the Senior Consulting Vice Provost for Mentorship, Leadership, and Transformation at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as well as the chair of the UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Department of Neurosurgery. He previously worked at Harvard Medical School as an associate professor of neurosurgery.

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Johnson received his BA in Chemistry from Amherst College, his MD from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Washington, Atkinson Morely Hospital in the United Kingdom, and Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Johnson specializes in adult brain tumors and hydrocephalus, which is a fluid buildup in the brain. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, his dedication to his patients has never wavered, as has his dedication to his colleagues. He has worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is a well-known expert in brain tumor treatment and the director of the adult hydrocephalus and neurosurgical pain management programs.

He was honored with the Sontag Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist Award in 2004 and is one of two alumni on the foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Johnson also directs UMass Medical School’s neurological surgery program and serves as an advisory vice provost for mentoring, leadership, and transformation. Dr. Johnson directs a translational research laboratory focused on the genomics, cell biology, and treatment of adult hydrocephalus and brain tumors in addition to his clinical work. Dr. Johnson previously worked as an associate neurosurgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as an associate professor of neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School.

Johnson has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and reviews, raised over $6 million in external research funding, and trained and mentored over 15 neurosurgery residents and 23 postdoctoral fellows and students since 2003.



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