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Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson, MSPH, PhD

Quality Researcher, Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Center for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University

Julie’s career interests involve building a series of collaborative relationships to improve the quality and safety of health care through teaching, research, and clinical quality improvement. She has a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina and a PhD in evaluative clinical sciences from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Julie’s PhD dissertation, “Forming, Operating, and Improving Microsystems of Health Care,” was an exploratory, descriptive study of clinical microsystems and helped shape early thinking of success characteristics of high performing microsystems. Since completing her PhD in 2000, Julie has focused her research on activities related to quality and safety of patient care. She has extensive experience conducting qualitative research as part of implementation research studies. Julie is also the Scientific Director for the Surgical Outcomes & Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC) in the Department of Surgery within the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.