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Dr. Kirk Johnson teaches courses in Justice Studies, Medical Humanities, Bioethics, Global Issues, and Religion. Preferred pronouns are he/him/his. He received his Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Drew Theological School and his Doctorate in Medical Humanities (DMH) from Drew University. He is a member of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and The New York Academy of Medicine. He serves as a member of the Atlantic Health Systems Bioethics Committee, former Assistant Director of the Medical Humanities program at Drew University, and fellow emeritus of The American Heart Association’s Multicultural Initiatives Leadership Fellowship Program.

Dr. Johnson has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and upcoming contributions in numerous books. His recent books are "The Anti-Racism Resource Guide Volume One: Supporting Black Businesses and Economics" (Peculiar Capital, 2020) and “Medical Stigmata: Race, Medicine, and the Pursuit of Theological Liberation” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). He is an ordained clergy in the United Church of Christ (UCC), Secretary of the UCC Central Atlantic Conference’s New Jersey Association, a member in the Summit Interfaith Council, and creator of the “Race Talk: Origins” and “Race Talk: Systems” courses.

Research interests

Caregiver-Patient Relationship

Religion & Medicine


Race & Medicine  


Justice Studies, Medical Humanities, Bioethics, Global Issues, and Religion

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Expert on religion and medicine, ethics/bioethics, race and medicine, health disparities, and the physician-patient relationship.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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