Dr. Michael Johns came to Johns Hopkins in 1984 from the University of Virginia to be chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery. Trained as a head and neck oncologic surgeon, he received joint appointments in the departments of oncology and neurological surgery. As Chair of the department of otolaryngology head and neck surgery, Dr. Johns developed a small department into the largest academic department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery in the country and one with a premier research faculty.
In partnership with chairmen of the departments of biomedical engineering and neurosciences, Dr. Johns created the Center for Hearing Sciences, a multidisciplinary research center that examines the fundamental training program for clinical and basic science trainees interested in clinically relevant research to support the broad discipline of otolaryngology- head and neck surgery. In 1986 he also was named Associate Dean of the entire medical faculty as well as the responsibility for planning and developing the new Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. The Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center geographically and organizationally combines the major components of the faculty's ambulatory practice and supports the move from autonomous practices to an integrated multidisciplinary group practice.
During this period he was instrumental in creating The Clinical Practice Association, which represents the full time faculty practice and introduced steps that began the repositioning of the faculty practice as an integrated group practice. A specialist in the management of head and neck tumors, Dr. Johns achieved an international reputation as a cancer surgeon. He made major innovative contributions to the field of skull base surgery and published over 150 papers and chapters in scientific journals and books on a range of issues that dealt with the epidemiology, diagnosis, staging, treatment and outcome of head and neck cancer.
Dr. Johns became a leading spokesman on the reform of the nation's health care system, and is particularly noted for his innovative ideas for the reform of medical and postgraduate medical education, and for his leadership in efforts to define and enhance the role of the academic health center in our changing health care system. He was recognized for his leadership in advocating and supporting service linkages to communities and community providers. Dr. Johns spoke widely on these topics and was actively involved at the highest levels in deliberations with the Clinton Administration on proposed reforms in the health care system.
Dr. Charles W. Cummings succeed Dr. Johns as chairman.