Alton R. Johnson Jr., DPM is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor and Attending Physician at The University of Michigan School of Medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes-Podiatry. In addition, he is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of AJ Educational Empowerment, LLC a company developed to empower individuals of all backgrounds through educational services to be tomorrow’s leaders. In 2011, Dr. Johnson received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from Barry University. During his time as an undergraduate at Barry U., Dr. Johnson completed a summer basic science research internship at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and a clinical epidemiology research internship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2012, he attended the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. In addition, as a podiatric medical student Dr. Johnson presented several research posters focused on geriatric falls secondary to foot deformities.
In 2016, Dr. Johnson went on to complete a three-year Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency at AHMC in Aventura, FL. Dr. Johnson was part of AHMC’s back to back to back ResEd Summit Midwest Residency Rumble 1st Place championship teams. Dr. Johnson has also managed to present multiple research projects at The Future of Regenerative Medicine Congress, ResEd Summit Midwest Conferences, SAWC and the ACFAS Conference. During his chief year of residency, Dr. Johnson was able to publish several peer-reviewed journal articles and participate in an international medical mission in Haiti. In 2019, Dr. Johnson was awarded the American Podiatric Medicine Association and Symposium of Advanced Wound Care Podiatrist Wound Care Scholarship at the SAWC Fall 2019 conference in Las Vegas, NV. In 2020, Dr. Johnson was bestowed the American Board of Wound Management Foundation Scholarship and selected as the only podiatric clinical investigator in the nation for the 2020 National Institutes of Health/National Medical Association Academic Medicine Fellows Program. In 2021, Dr. Johnson completed a two-year ACFAS Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Clinical Research Fellowship at the University Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. While in fellowship Dr. Johnson became the first podiatrist to complete the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine Post-Doctoral Certificate in Clinical Research directed by the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
His research emphasis has been focused on gerontology, tropical and international medicine, regenerative medicine, wound care, diabetic limb preservation techniques, rare dermatological and bone pathologies, biomedical technology, and advanced durable medical equipment technology.