Dr. Paula Johnson Named First African-American Wellesley President

Dr. Paula Johnson, chief of women's health at Brigham and Women's Hospital, was named Wellesley's new president Thursday. (Courtesy Wellesley College)

Dr. Paula Johnson, chief of women’s health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was named Wellesley’s new president Thursday. (Courtesy Wellesley College)

Paula Johnson, who teaches at Harvard Medical School and is chief of women’s health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has been named the new president of Wellesley College.


Paula Johnson, cardiologist, chief of women’s health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Wellesley’s 14th president. She tweets @DrPaulaJohnson.


WBUR: Wellesley College Names Paula Johnson Its First African-American President

  • “Johnson has devoted her career in medicine to furthering research that explores how women respond differently to diseases and treatments than men do. She leads the division of women’s health at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she also founded and is executive director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology.”

Wellesley College: Wellesley Names Harvard’s Paula A. Johnson Its 14th President

  • “The Wellesley College Board of Trustees, advised by a search committee that included trustees, alumnae, students, faculty, and staff, unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Johnson. The extensive, eight-month search process that led to her selection began when H. Kim Bottomly announced that she would step down as Wellesley’s president in the summer of 2016, after serving for nine years.”

TED: His And Hers… Healthcare

  • “Every cell in the human body has a sex, which means that men and women are different right down to the cellular level. Yet too often, research and medicine ignore this insight — and the often startlingly different ways in which the two sexes respond to disease or treatment. As pioneering doctor Paula Johnson describes in this thought-provoking talk, lumping everyone in together means we essentially leave women’s health to chance. It’s time to rethink.”

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