Dr. Richard J Johnson is Chief of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the University of Colorado. Dr Johnson received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology in 1975 from the University of Wisconsin, and his M.D. degree in 1979 from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Dr. Johnson joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 1986, and in 2000 moved to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where he was the Chief of Nephrology. In September 2003 he joined the faculty at the University of Florida as the Chief of Nephrology and the J Robert Cade Professor of Medicine.
In October 2008 he moved to Denver, Colorado where he is currently Chief of Nephrology. However, he remains an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Florida and continues with an active collaborative research program. Dr. Johnson is nationally and internationally renowned for his work on mechanisms of renal injury and progression, including in glomerulonephritis, diabetes, and hypertension.
Recent studies have focused on the pathogenesis of essential hypertension and the role of subtle renal injury. He has also performed extensive research on the role of uric acid and fructose in the epidemic of obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and hypertension. He has published over 420 articles, lectured in over 30 countries, and is currently coeditor with John Feehally and Juergen Floege of the very successful clinical textbook, Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology.
He is listed by the Web of Science highly cited list as one of the 250 most cited physicians in the field of Clinical Medicine for the last 20 years. He has published on a wide range of areas, from cobalt poisoning in the Andes, kidney disease in Tibet, the Yanomamo Indians of Southern Venezuela, Lung fluke infections in Indochinese Refugees, evolution of early humans with experts from the Natural History of London, and studies of primates in the San Diego Zoo.
He received the American Society of Nephrology Young Investigator Award in 1994 and is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He has also written a lay book, The Sugar Fix (Rodale), which was published in 2008.