Lucas A Johnson


Lieutenant Commander, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Preventive Medicine Officer
Location: Other Location
Research Interests:
Public Health
Infectious Diseases of Military Significance
Office Phone


BA, Pomona College, Claremont CA (2002)
MD, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda MD (2007)
MTM&H, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda MD (2013)

Internship, Internal Medicine, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda MD (2008)
Residency, Preventive Medicine, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda MD (2013)


LCDR Johnson was raised in San Diego, CA and attended Pomona College (BA, 2002). He was commissioned in 2003 and attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (MD, 2007). He completed his Internal Medicine Internship at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda in 2008.

He then reported as a General Medical Officer with III Marine Headquarters Group, Okinawa, Japan where he participated in numerous joint, combined exercises throughout the Asia-Pacific. Following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent Fukushima Diaiichi nuclear accident he deployed to Yamagata, Japan in support of humanitarian relief efforts provided by US Forces during Operation Tomodachi.

In 2011 he returned to the Uniformed Service University and completed his Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Residency (MTM&H, 2013). From 2013 to 2015 he was assigned as faculty at the Uniformed Services University where he was appointed an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics and served as Chief of Direct Patient Care for Preventive Medicine.

In 2015 he was assigned as a Preventive Medicine Officer at Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit TWO in Norfolk, VA. He currently serves as Department Head, Threat Assessment Department as well as Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Health Emergency Officer.

LCDR Johnson is dual board certified in Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine; he also holds the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and textbook chapters with a particular focus on the control of infectious diseases of military significance. LCDR Johnson is a member of the Delta Omega Public Health Honors society, a recipient of the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine Impact Award, and a Fellow in the American College of Preventive Medicine. His military decorations include a Joint Service Commendation Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and a Joint Service Achievement Medal.


Johnson LA, Lennon RP. Force Health Protection for Global Health Engagement: Lessons Learned from Continuing Promise 2017. Military Medicine, Published online 7 Feb2017.

Le DP, Vega J, Johnson LA (2017). Hospital Contact Investigation of a Patient Who Developed a Zoster Vaccine-Related Rash - Maryland, February 2015. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 66: 763-764.

Diaz J, Johnson LA (2016). Healthcare Worker Follow-Up Compliance After Occupational Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure: A Brief Report. American Journal of Infection Control, 44(12): 1738-1740.

Johnson LA, Ballard TP, Kania M (2016). Service Member Completion of Laboratory Follow-up after Transfusion with Freshly Collected Blood Products. Military Medicine, 181(9): 1102-1107.

Voss J, Kugblenu R, Salter K, Johnson LA, Reeves W (2016). Case Series of 23 Deaths from Hymenoptera Stings Among United States Air Force Populations. Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 48: 95-99.

Johnson LA, Eick-Cost A, Jeffries V, Russell K, Otto J (2015). Risk of Alcohol Use Disorder or Other Drug Use Disorder amongst US Service Members Following Traumatic Brain Injury. Military Medicine, 180(2): 208-215.

Chu K, Johnson LA (2015). Investigation of Contacts of a Health Care Worker Who Worked While Ill with Pertussis - Maryland, August - September 2014. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 64(2): 45.

Moore AC, Clausen S, Johnson LA (2015). Tuberculosis Contact Investigation in a Military Healthcare Setting: Case Report and Evidence Review. Military Medicine, 180(1): 38-44.

Ballard T, Rohrbeck P, Kania M, Johnson LA (2014). Transfusion-Transmissible Infections Among U.S. Military Recipients of Emergently Transfused Blood Products, June 2006-December 2012. Medical Surveillance Monthly Report, 21(11): 2-6.

Johnson LA, Foster D, McDowell J (2014). Energy Drinks: Review of performance benefits, health concerns, and use by military personnel. Military Medicine, 179(4): 375-380.