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Alfred University alumnus Robert Johnson '68 makes history in field of medicine

Alfred University alumnus Dr. Robert L. Johnson ’68 is being recognized for making history, as the only person ever to hold the position of dean simultaneously at two medical schools.


Alfred University alumnus Dr. Robert L. Johnson ’68 is being recognized for making history, as the only person ever to hold the position of dean simultaneously at two medical schools.

Johnson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Alfred University, is dean of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ, and interim dean of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. (Johnson is of no relation to the namesake of the latter.)

He is the subject of a NJ Spotlight story published Wednesday, Feb. 19. NJ Spotlight is an online news service providing insight and information on issues critical to New Jersey. The story sites the American Association of Medical Colleges, which says Johnson is “the only dean in the history of the United States to oversee two medical schools at once.” He is also one of only a handful of African Americans serving as medical school deans.

After graduating from Alfred University, Johnson earned his medical degree from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey — now the New Jersey Medical School — in 1972, and in 1976 joined the faculty of the New Jersey Medical School Department of Pediatrics. In March of 2011, he was appointed dean of the New Jersey Medical School, after serving as the school’s interim dean since 2005. He was appointed interim dean of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in January 2019.

Dr. Robert L. Johnson’s New Jersey Medical School profile.