Niva Lubin-Johnson, M.D., FACP

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President, National Medical Association

A dedicated physician, Dr. Niva Lubin-Johnson, has been an advocate of quality health care for all, especially the underserved and underrepresented. She was voted President-Elect of the National Medical Association (NMA) on August 2, 2017 and has been an active member of the NMA for over thirty (30) years.

In its’ 123-year history, Dr. Lubin-Johnson will become only the third person, and the first female, to serve as President, Speaker, and Chair of the Board of Trustees. She credits her parents, Peggy and Benjamin Lubin with instilling in her the rewards of hard work and the necessity of service to her community.

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Dr. Lubin-Johnson received her B.S. Degree in Pharmacy from Creighton University and her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where she was distinguished as a member of the last class to finish within a three-year time frame. Dr. Lubin-Johnson completed her Internal Medicine residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chicago, and was in private practice for 29 years (in the neighborhood where she grew up and currently resides). Presently, she is a senior attending physician at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, associate attending at Advocate Trinity Hospital, and a clinical instructor at the University of Illinois. Dr. Lubin-Johnson has participated on several boards and committees at both hospitals, including the Mercy Hospital Executive Medical Board, Advocate-Trinity Physician Hospital Organization Board and the Trinity Medical Staff Medical Executive Committee, currently as Treasurer. She has served for nine years on the Board of the Independent Physicians at Mercy, an IPA, and currently as Vice-Chair.

Dr. Lubin-Johnson is a member of American Medical Association (AMA) and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She was on the AMA Minority Affairs Section Governing Council from 2010-2017, including 2 as Chair. As Governing Council Chair, she was an Alternate Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates and a member of the AMA/NMA Commission to End Health Care Disparities and its’ Diabetes/Hypertension Committee. Now serving on the AMA Women’s Physician Governing Council until 2019, she holds the position of Vice-Chair for 2018-2019. Other professional memberships and responsibilities include Life Member Student National Medical Association, Trustee, Chicago Medical Society and Delegate to the House of Delegates and member of the Council of Medical Service, Illinois State Medical Society. She has served on the Nominating Committee for the Cook County Health System Board for 9 years and is now Chair.

Her service has extended beyond the medical community to higher education as a former Trustee and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University, a Traditionally Black University, which graduates the most African Americans entering medical school in the state of Illinois. Her mother was a triple alum of CSU. As both her parents succumbed to cancer and brother to complications of diabetes, she believes in the need for self-care, wellness and preventive care to prevent burnout of physicians; and is also laser focused to do all she can to increase the numbers of African Americans entering and completing medical school.

She has lectured extensively in many health forums and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Illinois Committee of Concerned Blacks in Higher Education Trustee Award; Midwest Community Council—Nancy B. Jefferson Community Service Award; Dollars and Sense Magazine Best and Brightest Women in Medicine; the Kizzy Award—Black Women’s Hall of Fame Foundation, the Student National Medical Association Award for Leadership and Service, and the Top Ladies of Distinction Orchid Award for Outstanding Women in Medicine.

Dr. Lubin-Johnson is a proud member of Trinity United Church of Christ, and a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Married to Joseph Johnson and are both cancer survivors, residing on the south side of Chicago enjoying bowling, boating and travelling in their free time.


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