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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Johnson is an internationally recognized heart failure and transplant cardiologist; having served as President of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and of the American Society of Transplantation.  Dr. Johnson's clinical interests are in the care of patients with severe congestive heart failure, including the use of mechanical circulatory support devices and cardiac transplantation. She has a particular interest in the treatment and outcome of congestive heart failure in women.


Cardiovascular Medicine

Transplant Medicine

Artery Disease

Heart Failure

Heart Failure, Transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support

Heart Failure/Heart Transplant Medicine

Heart Transplant

Left Ventricular Assist Device

Medical Management of Transplant Patients

Pulmonary Stress Test


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Prevea Clinic - Green Bay
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SwedishAmerican Heart Institute
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UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Cardiovascular Disease
Internal Medicine
Fellowship University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
Residency University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
Internship University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
Medical School University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

Dr. Johnson’s research interests include the use of mechanical assistance in patients with severe heart failure and the coronary artery disease which develops in cardiac transplant recipients. She has also been an investigator in many of the multicenter trials evaluating new agents for the medical treatment of heart failure.

PubMed Articles
Shepard B Dunn S Johnson M Becker Y Response to "Restructuring the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network contract to achieve policy coherence and infrastructure excellence". Am J Transplant . 2018 Dec 1;
[PubMed ID: 30506637]
Stehlik J Bavaria JE Bax J Cronenwett JL Edwards LB Fairman RM Ferrari R Jacobs JP Johnson MR Kraiss LW Masoudi FA Mehra MR Vahanian A Walsh MN Lund LH Heart, lung, and vascular registries: Evolving goals, successful approaches, and ongoing innovation. J Heart Lung Transplant . 2016 Oct;35(10):1149-1157
[PubMed ID: 27772667]
Klein L Greenberg BH Konstam MA Gregory D Kociol RD Johnson MR de Marco T Activities and Compensation of Advanced Heart Failure Specialists: Results of the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) Survey. J Card Fail . 2015 Nov;21(11):924-9
[PubMed ID: 26362520]
Badami A Fehrenbach Prell EA Murray MA Johnson MR Akhter SA Lozonschi L Osaki S Lushaj E Kohmoto T A novel approach to prevent post-operative ileus after continuous-flow left ventricular assist device implantation: A retrospective cohort study. Int J Surg . 2015 Aug;20:135-9
[PubMed ID: 26118604]
Singh S Elramah M Allana SS Babcock M Keevil JG Johnson MR Yevzlin AS Chan MR A case series of real-time hemodynamic assessment of high output heart failure as a complication of arteriovenous access in dialysis patients. Semin Dial . 2014 Nov-Dec;27(6):633-8
[PubMed ID: 24673654]
Albrecht CM Sweitzer NK Johnson MR Vardeny O Lack of persistence of influenza vaccine antibody titers in patients with heart failure. J Card Fail . 2014 Feb;20(2):105-9
[PubMed ID: 24361852]
Chapman CB Allana S Sweitzer NK Kohmoto T Murray M Murray D Johnson M Rahko PS Effects of the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device as observed by serial echocardiography. Echocardiography . 2013 May;30(5):513-20
[PubMed ID: 23311405]
Van Ermen A Hermanson MP Moran JM Sweitzer NK Johnson MR Vardeny O Double dose vs. standard dose influenza vaccination in patients with heart failure: a pilot study. Eur J Heart Fail . 2013 May;15(5):560-4
[PubMed ID: 23291729]
Osaki S Anderson JE Johnson MR Edwards NM Kohmoto T The potential of cardiac allografts from donors after cardiac death at the University of Wisconsin Organ Procurement Organization. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg . 2010 Jan;37(1):74-9
[PubMed ID: 19695894]
Vardeny O Moran JJ Sweitzer NK Johnson MR Hayney MS Decreased T-cell responses to influenza vaccination in patients with heart failure. Pharmacotherapy . 2010 Jan;30(1):10-6
[PubMed ID: 20030468]
Velez M Johnson MR Management of allosensitized cardiac transplant candidates. Transplant Rev (Orlando) . 2009 Oct;23(4):235-47
[PubMed ID: 19778695]
Osaki S Edwards NM Johnson MR Velez M Munoz A Lozonschi L Murray MA Proebstle AK Kohmoto T Improved survival after heart transplantation in patients with bridge to transplant in the recent era: a 17-year single-center experience. J Heart Lung Transplant . 2009 Jun;28(6):591-7
[PubMed ID: 19481020]
Vardeny O Sweitzer NK Detry MA Moran JM Johnson MR Hayney MS Decreased immune responses to influenza vaccination in patients with heart failure. J Card Fail . 2009 May;15(4):368-73
[PubMed ID: 19398087]
Osaki S Sweitzer NK Rahko PS Murray MA Hoffmann JA Johnson MR Edwards NM Kohmoto T To explant or not to explant: an invasive and noninvasive monitoring protocol to determine the need of continued ventricular assist device support. Congest Heart Fail . 2009 Mar-Apr;15(2):58-62
[PubMed ID: 19385118]
Murray MA Osaki S Edwards NM Johnson MR Bobadilla JL Gordon EA Sanderfoot M Kohmoto T Multidisciplinary approach decreases length of stay and reduces cost for ventricular assist device therapy. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg . 2009 Jan;8(1):84-8
[PubMed ID: 18940829]
Vardeny O Detry MA Moran JJ Johnson MR Sweitzer NK The beta2 adrenergic receptor Gln27Glu polymorphism affects insulin resistance in patients with heart failure: possible modulation by choice of beta blocker. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol . 2008 Dec;52(6):500-6
[PubMed ID: 19034036]
Osaki S Edwards NM Velez M Johnson MR Murray MA Hoffmann JA Kohmoto T Improved survival in patients with ventricular assist device therapy: the University of Wisconsin experience. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg . 2008 Aug;34(2):281-8
[PubMed ID: 18513988]
Osaki S Edwards NM Johnson MR Kohmoto T A novel use of the implantable ventricular assist device for isolated right heart failure. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg . 2008 Aug;7(4):651-3
[PubMed ID: 18492700]
Osaki S Alberte C Murray MA Brahmbhatt RD Johnson MR Edwards NM Kohmoto T Successful radiofrequency ablation therapy for intractable ventricular tachycardia with a ventricular assist device. J Heart Lung Transplant . 2008 Mar;27(3):353-6
[PubMed ID: 18342761]
Johnson MR When is retransplantation a viable option? Heart Fail Clin . 2007 Jan;3(1):97-105
[PubMed ID: 17545013]