October 26, 2017

Dr. James Johnson named interim dean

The University of Washington has announced that Dr. James Johnson has been named interim dean of the School of Dentistry. Dr. Johnson, who has chaired the school’s Department of Endodontics since 2003, takes over from Dr. Joel Berg, who stepped down Oct. 23.

Dr. James Johnson

Dr. James Johnson

“Dr. Johnson has led his department with distinction, and we are truly fortunate that he has agreed to take on this leadership role in the School of Dentistry,” UW Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Baldasty said in a message to the school announcing the appointment.

Before coming to the UW, Dr. Johnson served in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, where he retired with the rank of captain. He chaired the Endodontics Department and directed the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Endodontics at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School, whose Research Department he also chaired. He also served as Specialty Leader for Endodontics in the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Johnson attended the University of Colorado as an undergraduate and received his DDS degree from Northwestern University Dental School. He then served as a dental officer in the Air Force, and afterward practiced privately in Colorado before returning to Northwestern to earn a Certificate in Endodontics and an MS degree in 1985. He then returned to active duty in the Navy.

Dr. Johnson’s research and academic interests include surgical and nonsurgical endodontics, pulpal and periradicular biology and pathology, and instrumentation of the root canal system. He has published numerous scientific papers, and has lectured in the United States and Europe.

Dr. Joel Berg

Dr. Joel Berg

Dr. Johnson inherits from Dr. Berg a school that has fared well in recent rankings, even as it tackled budget challenges. This year, it ranked third in the world in the research-focused Academic Ranking of World Universities by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, and 14th in a broader assessment by Britain’s Quacquarelli-Symonds World University Rankings.

Dr. Berg, a board-certified pediatric dentist, will continue to be active in the School of Dentistry, where he is a professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and holds the Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health.