Carden Johnston, clinical professor of pediatrics, has been elected vice president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Johnston will take office as president-elect at the October 2002 AAP National Conference and Exhibition in Boston and will serve as the 2003-2004 AAP president.
Johnston currently practices emergency medicine at the Children's Hospital in Alabama and visits the Seattle Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center several times a year. Johnston practiced medicine in rural Alabama, Hawaii, and as a flight medical officer in the U.S. Air Force in Texas and Alaska. He received his medical education at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine and served his residency at Tulane University in New Orleans, with additional education at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center in Seattle, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the University of London.
Johnston has served as president of the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, chair of the Section on Pediatric Emergency Medicine, member of the Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and member of the AAP Board of Directors. He has worked with the American College of Emergency Physicians to development of the Advanced Pediatric Life Support Course. Johnston has received the Section on Emergency Medicine Outstanding Achievement Award and Outstanding Service Awards from the AAP, Community Service Awards from his Alumni Association, and educational awards from the Medical Association of Alabama.
Johnston and his wife, Susie, have three children, and have been foster parents to 18 others.