Dr. Timothy Johnson, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at UMMS, has been partnering with Ghanaian colleagues to develop an in-country post-graduate training program for Obstetrician/Gynecologists since the 1980s. This decades-long collaboration between UM and Ghana has resulted in the training of more than 140 obstetricians who still practice or hold leadership positions in Ghana today. The doors opened by Dr. Johnson have also led to the development and ongoing growth of the Ghana-Michigan Platform of Engagement, with activities that span departments, disciplines, institutions, and even philosophical approaches to addressing global health challenges and tackling health disparities.
In appreciation for his contributions and as tribute to the impacts he has within the arena of maternal health education, the Family Health Hospital and Medical School have honored Dr. Johnson by naming the Medical School's library after him. The Tim Johnson Library Complex sits within the Family Health Medical School, the first private medical school in the sub-region and one that was established due to Dr. Johnson's mentorship.
A recent UMHS article, which highlights this honor and includes a link to a statement from his Ghanaian colleagues, can be viewed here.