Native Son: Living Legend Honoree

Dr. Lynt Johnson
Dr. Lynt Johnson

The Joseph Henry Tyler, Jr. Chapter of the National Medical Association of Lafayette, LA honored Dr. Lynt B. Johnson at their Annual Scholarship Banquet as its nineteenth Living Legend. Previous honorees include Dr. LaSalle D. Leffat, Dr. Ben Carson, Dr. Louis Sullivan, and Dr. David Satcher. The banquet provides funds for student scholarships.

Dr. Johnson is professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Surgical Service at Georgetown University Hospital.

He has published over 100 scientific articles in the field of transplantation and surgery, and has performed more than 800 liver transplants and 800 kidneys and kidney/pancreas transplants. He has delivered over 50 educational lectures at many prestigious universities. His special interests include living donor transplantation as well as minimally invasive hepatobiliary and pancreatic cancer surgery. He and his team performed the first living donor transplant in the Washington, DC area.

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Benedictine, Duke University and Harvard Medical School. He completed his postgraduate training at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1991, he became the first African-American to hold the post of chief of East Surgical Services at MGH. He founded the Liver Transplant Program at the University of Maryland in Baltimore in 1993. In 1998, He founded the Georgetown Transplant Institute, which has become the largest and most comprehensive transplant program in the Mid Atlantic states. In 2009, he assumed his present position. His other honors include the Faculty Teaching”Award at Georgetown, the Abe Pollin- Washington Wizards Community Service Award and the Crystal Teaching Award from SNMA. He currently serves on the board of directors for the United Network of Organ Sharing, the National Kidney Foundation, Georgetown University Hospital, and the Society of University Surgeons Foundation.

At Benedictine, he was the first recipient of the Head Master’s Award. During his tenure at BC, he received the Latin, Chemistry and Spanish Gold Medals and was one of the ten outstanding seniors. He played basketball for four years and football for two years. He was a captain and company commander in the Junior ROTC. Dr. Johnson was the first recipient from Savannah to receive the Mole’s Martin L. King Scholarship from this national organization of women.

Dr. Johnson is married to Dr. Gloria Bowles-Johnson, a practicing Ob/Gyn physician at Georgetown University Hospital. They live in McLean, VA and they have four children, Brittany, Bria, Brandon, and Bryce.

He is an avid sports fan and enjoys fishing and golf along with his family. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Lester B. Johnson, Jr.

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