RSNA 2021 Plenary Lecture

Excellence, Respect and Responsibility in Radiology: Challenging Barriers

Michele Johnson

Michele H. Johnson, MD, draws on her life experience as a Black woman in radiology to examine how all radiologists might live and work responsibly.

“When people who do the same work can be treated differently, it destabilizes the work environment,” Dr. Johnson says, “this is the most difficult — yet the most important — to change.”

Dr. Johnson is a professor of radiology and biomedical imaging and of neurosurgery, and director of interventional neuroradiology at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. When she was appointed professor in 2014, she was the first Black, female full professor at the Yale School of Medicine.

Her specialty interests encompass all neuro-interventional procedures and neuroimaging with a focus on vascular, spine and head and neck. Her clinical and research interests center on emergency neuroimaging and intervention.

Dr. Johnson is an American Journal of Neuroradiology and RadioGraphics manuscript reviewer and a past member of the RSNA Neuroradiology/Head & Neck Scientific Program Committee. She has also served as faculty at many RSNA annual meetings.

She is a second past-president of the American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR) and a senior member of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR).

Dr. Johnson earned her medical degree and completed her residency at Temple University and completed a fellowship in neuroradiology at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, both in Philadelphia.