15 Facts About Paula Johnson


Paula Adina Johnson was born on 1959 and is a cardiologist and the current president of Wellesley College.


Paula Johnson is the first Black woman to serve in this role.


The first Black graduate of Wellesley College came in the year 1887, and 129 years later President Johnson became the first Black leader.


Dr Paula Johnson's background in working for the betterment of women in the field of health led her on a notable path to Wellesley College, a women's college right outside of Boston, where there is an emphasis on the role of women in STEM.


Paula Johnson is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has been featured as a national leader in medicine by the National Library of Medicine.


Paula Johnson's 2013 TED talk, "His and Paula Johnson's Healthcare," was named one of the "Top 10 TED Talks by Women to be Viewed by Everyone".


Paula Johnson is married to Robert Sands, a rheumatologist at Atrius Health of Harvard University and has a son who attended Harvard, a teenage daughter, and two Havanese dogs.


Paula Johnson then attended Radcliffe College at Harvard University, where she majored in biology and graduated in 1980.


Paula Johnson worked in the hospital's cardiac transplant unit and served as director of Quality Management Services.


Paula Johnson has focused much of her work on educating and empowering African-American women, who are 50 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than white women.


Paula Johnson has been an important voice in making the case that men and women differ at the cellular level.


Paula Johnson argues further that men and women should be tested in separate research trials.


Paula Johnson began working at Wellesley College on July 1,2016.


Paula Johnson is the third highest paid employee of Wellesley College.


In 2021, Paula Johnson was nominated to the Governance and Nominating Committee, through the board of directors at Abiomed.