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Kristina Johnson

Kristina Gern Johnson

Department: Family Medicine Division: General Family Medicine Appointment Title: Instructor of Family Medicine

Contact Information

Primary Location:
Family Medicine
University Hospital First Floor 1221 Lee St. Charlottesville, VA 22908 Phone: 434.297.7133


I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. At first, I had no interest in becoming a doctor – I was going to be a professional ballerina or maybe have my own wildlife TV show like Jeff Corwin. I majored in Animal Behavior at Bucknell University (Ray, Bison!), where my undergraduate research included effects of forestry practices on songbird populations and whether monkeys could recognize photos of their group mates on a computer screen. I also studied natural resource management in Costa Rica for a semester. Somewhere along the way I decided I liked working with humans more than animals and applied to medical school. After many years of Pennsylvania snow, it was nice to thaw out in Charleston at the Medical University of South Carolina. My experiences in community health through the Presidential Scholars Program and the Public Health Interest Group convinced me that Family Medicine was the best fit for me.

I chose UVA for residency because of the rigor of the program, the well-rounded and fun faculty, its focus on resident well-being and of course the beautiful location in Charlottesville. In addition to excellent training in the specialty of Family Medicine, my time in residency exposed me to international medicine (Global Health Leadership Track), the care of refugees (International Family Medicine Clinic), health care systems (patient centered medical home) and leadership (chief resident). I received one year of extra training in teaching and scholarship through the Faculty Development Program, and officially joined the residency program faculty in August 2015. My special interests include providing culturally-sensitive care for refugees and LGBTQ individuals. I spend my free time dancing, playing board games, and hiking with my husband, daughter, and dog.

Feel free to contact me with any questions!