The Ron D. Johnson Memorial Foot and Ankle Lectureship was established in 2002 by Dr. William Grana to honor the memory of Dr. Johnson by carrying on his interest in, and enthusiasm for, the education of our orthopaedic residents.
The Department thanks Dr. William Grana, Dr. Peg Chilvers, and University Orthopedic Specialists for their generous contributions toward this program.
Ron D. Johnson, MD PhD
"When he was about 5 years old, he fell, sustaining a cut in the eyebrow that required stitches. As the doctor was waiting for the anesthetic to take effect, Ronald was asking him a 'jillion' questions about all of the equipment in the "surgery room". He announced then that when he grew up he was going to be a doctor. I don't think he ever really lost sight of that goal. His family and medicine were truly the loves of his life."
~Mr. Gerald L. Johnson & Mrs. Peggie Johnson
Dr. Johnson, for whom this lectureship was established, was a member of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Arizona from August, 2001 until August 2002 when he passed away at the age of 43. During that time, he was our foot and ankle specialist as well as a valued and much-loved mentor to our residents.
In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Johnson held a PhD in Pharmacology. He previously served in the Army as a flight surgeon and Chief of Aviation Medicine at Evans Army Community Hospital in Fort Carson, CO. Dr. Johnson had also worked in Emergency Medicine before coming to the University of Arizona.
He was a husband and father, soccer coach, musician, lover of Mexican food, hiker, and member of the local search-and-rescue group. He was a sartorial eclectic who could often be seen sporting a plantation hat, purple pants, tweed jacket, bolo tie, and hunting knife.
In the words of one of the residents on his service, “Dr. Johnson will be missed for many reasons, both professional and personal. We will miss him for the dedication he possessed for his profession, for his infectious enthusiasm, and for his willingness to take on any challenge at any time. We will miss him for his devotion to teaching, for stimulating our thinking, and for making us more capable and responsible. We will miss his high standards, his ideals, and his gentle reminders that, ‘this is a five year program’. We will miss his music, as diverse and vibrant as he. We are thankful for how he touched our lives, and the lives of his patients, as well as for how he made us all better and more enriched for knowing him.”