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Erik Johnson is a native of Chicago. He attended Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights prior to his time at Illinois Benedictine College. He completed his thesis in the Fine Acids Division at the Amoco Research Facility under the supervision of his advisor, Dr. David Rausch. Johnson graduated Cum Laude in 1991 with a degree in Biochemistry.
After graduation, Johnson began his medical career at Loyola University-Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His plans of being a surgeon quickly changed, and he completed his residency in Pediatrics at The University of California-Irvine. He received numerous accolades during his residency including Resident of the Year and the P. Colin Kelly award for the “Pediatrician Who Teaches.”
Johnson and his wife, Cheryl, decided to remain in Long Beach, California where he practiced and taught residents and medical students.
In 2000, they returned to Chicago and Johnson began practicing at Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center with The Medical Care Group. He continued teaching at Midwestern University in the Physician Assistant Program.
In 2014, his focus shifted to administration with his appointment as medical director-pediatric services for Alexian Brothers Health System and the Alexian Brothers Women’s and Children’s Hospital. He has been influential in advancing centers of excellence in Neurology and Endocrinology.
Johnson is on the Board of Directors of the AMITA Health Medical Group and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation. He has served on the Executive Leadership Team for the March of Dimes Walk for Babies for the last two years.