June 27, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Caitlin Svendsen, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Skagit Regional Clinics, 360-848-4243
Local Surgeon Elected to Lead State Organization
Morris Johnson, MD, general surgeon with Skagit Regional Clinics in Mount Vernon, was elected president of the Washington Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at the group’s annual meeting in June.
For the past several years, Dr. Johnson has served as Associate Medical Director of the statewide Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP), an offshoot of ACS that oversees efforts in Washington to improve quality care in surgery. Dr. Johnson has also served on the organization’s membership committee for the past 15 years and served two, six-year terms on the chapter board.
“I believe it is important to continue to be engaged in surgical issues and quality efforts at the state level and this is another way I have stayed involved in my field,” Dr. Johnson said. “To have someone from a more rural hospital elected president is unusual and it’s a real honor.”
The Washington Chapter was established in 1951 and members represent a wide variety of specialties including general, vascular, thoracic, plastic and reconstructive surgery along with urologists, ENT and other specialists.
Dr. Johnson’s goals for his tenure as president are to increase involvement in ACS by surgeons across the state and encourage cooperation among physician groups and hospitals to enhance the quality and safety of health care in Washington.
Dr. Johnson is a general, thoracic and vascular surgeon with advanced training in laparoscopic surgery at Skagit Regional Clinics. Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He served an internal medicine residency at University of Utah and a general surgery residency at Virginia Mason Hospital, where he was Chief Resident. A native of Mount Vernon he joined the medical staff at Skagit Valley Hospital in 1987.