Julia Johnson, MD, chair and professor of obstetrics & gynecology, is the recipient of the 2012 Felix G. Cataldo Lifetime Achievement Award from Family Health Center of Worcester (FHCW). The annual award, which recognizes a clinician who works in the community and supports FHCW and its patients, was presented to Dr. Johnson by members of the Cataldo family at a ceremony held recently at FHCW.
Dr. Johnson was honored for being instrumental in providing onsite gynecologic consulting services at FHCW to give underserved women access to high-quality, convenient care, as well as for her support of FHCW physicians who perform obstetric services at UMass Memorial Health Care hospitals. A highly regarded physician and clinical researcher, Johnson came to UMass Medical School in 2008 from the University of Vermont, where she served as vice chair of gynecology. She is a fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, the nation’s only in-depth program focused on preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine and dentistry to affect positive change.
Established by FHCW in 2005 just weeks before Dr. Cataldo’s death, the Lifetime Achievement Award honors the memory of the former chief of surgery at Worcester City Hospital, who had a lifelong commitment to caring for all patients, regardless of their income. Former UMMS faculty recipients are Leonard J. Morse, MD, affiliate in family medicine & community health, and Erick J. Garcia, MD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health.