Navy Biography

Rear Admiral James A. Johnson


Rear Admiral James A. Johnson earned his undergraduate degree in Biology/Chemistry at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and his Medical Degree at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. He served both his internship and residency at the University of California at Los Angeles. He was commissioned in the Ensign 1915 Program in 1966. His early assignments included serving as the Senior Medical Officer aboard the amphibious assault ship USS New Orleans and as a General Medical Officer at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif. During a subsequent assignment to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in California, he held a progression of assignments including Staff Surgeon; Chairman, Department of Surgery; and Director of Surgical Services. Rear Adm. Johnson was next assigned to Naval Hospital San Diego as Assistant Chairman, Department of Surgery. In 1989, he was transferred to Washington, D.C., where he held the position of Deputy Chief of the Medical Corps. Upon transfer to San Diego in July 1991, he was assigned as Medical Director at Naval Hospital San Diego and was subsequently named Deputy Commander, a position he held until February 1994. During his next assignment, he assumed command of Fleet Hospital SIX which deployed on a United Nations mission in Croatia. In October 1994, he became the Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Bremerton, Wash., where he served until August 1997. He was then selected as the Principal Director for Clinical and Program Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. In August 1998, Rear Admiral Johnson was reassigned as Medical Officer of the Marine Corps at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps Washington, D.C.. He supported the mission of Navy Medicine as the Medical Officer for the Marine Corps by maintaining liaison between the Navy Surgeon General and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. He advised the Commandant of the Marine Corps headquarters staff agencies on all matters affecting medical and dental support for the Marine Corps. In October 2001, he assumed command of Naval Medical Center San Diego and became Lead Agent, TRICARE Region Nine. In his final assignment, Rear Adm. Johnson assumed his duties as the Regional Director of TRICARE Regional Office-West (TRO-West) in November 2003, the first of three Regional Directors to be named, overseeing health care contracts and the health care delivery system in twenty states with more than 2,000,000 TRICARE eligible beneficiaries. Rear Adm. Johnson earned certificates from the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Medical Management. He also served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. His affiliation with civilian medical organizations included his status as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was also a member of the American Medical Association, National Medical Association, American College of Physician Executives, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, and the Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, Navy Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Medal (Yugoslavia), the NATO Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Updated: 16 July 2013