DR. ANITA BROWN – JOHNSON A DISTINGUISHED EXCELSIORIAN
By Duane Coombs
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Distinguished Excelsiorian, Dr. Anita Brown-Johnson (’78) has been thrust into the spotlight in recent days because of the groundbreaking accomplishment of her son, Nicholas Johnson, in being named Princeton University’s first Black valedictorian.
But as the Excelsior fraternity basks in the refracted glory of young Nicholas’ accomplishment, often lost in the euphoria is the fact that his mother is herself an accomplished individual of some repute.
Educated at Excelsior High School, Dr. Brown-Johnson was known as a brilliant student during her school days. Outside of the classroom, she was involved in other co-curricular pursuits such as the Girls Guide, and also assumed a leadership role on the school’s Students Council.
After leaving Excelsior, she went on to study at McGill University, earning her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery Degree. Dr. Brown-Jonson proceeded to complete the Family Medicine Residency Training program at the Montreal General Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre (MGH-MUHC), earning Board Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1990.
Today, Dr. Brown – Johnson is on the faculty of McGill University Medical School where she is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine.
Dr. Anita Brown Johnson was recently bestowed with a prestigious Woman of Merit Award in Canada for her “extraordinary contributions as a medical professional and humanitarian”.