Dr. Kimberly S. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Medicine with Tenure in the Division of Geriatrics and a Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University School of Medicine. She is also a physician researcher in the Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center at the Durham VA Medical Center. She received her undergraduate education at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana and her M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine, fellowship in Geriatrics, and clinical research training (MHS) at Duke University. Dr. Johnson is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine and provides clinical care to seriously ill adults in long-term care and inpatient settings.
Dr. Johnson focuses her research on understanding and eliminating racial disparities in palliative and end-of-life care. She has published widely and is nationally recognized for her work investigating how cultural beliefs and preferences and organizational practices and policies may influence the use of hospice care by older African Americans. Dr. Johnson has received awards for her research from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Geriatrics Society. She was the recipient of the prestigious Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research and the National Palliative Care Research Center Career Development Award, and has received additional research funding from the NIA, Greenwald Foundation, and AHRQ.