About Our Speaker – Nathalie Johnson, M.D.

Nathalie Johnson

Nathalie Johnson


A native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Nathalie Johnson, M.D., medical director of Legacy Cancer Institute since 1996, moved to Oregon in 1992 with a passion for healing women diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Johnson completed here surgical training at the University of Southern California. Early in her career Dr. Johnson served as Commissioner of Health, for the Territory of United States Virgin Islands. Since then, Dr. Johnson, who is a breast cancer survivor herself, has become a national leader in the field of breast cancer research and awareness. Along with being a breast cancer surgeon, she is a prolific speaker, author, and advocate. During her 24-year career at Legacy, Dr. Johnson has developed a nationally recognized, multi-specialty cancer care program with locations throughout the region. She was instrumental developing the Legacy Health Tumor Bank and the Good Samaritan Comprehensive Breast Center, which has evolved into four nationally accredited Breast Health Centers that offer the latest in breast cancer screening and diagnostic technology. Under Dr. Johnson’s leadership, Legacy Cancer Institute became first in the country to receive American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer Network Cancer Program accreditation. Legacy is still Oregon’s only network cancer program and is also the first cancer provider in the state to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Dr. Johnson is active in regional and national healthcare initiatives. She serves on the Executive Committee of the OHSU Knight Legacy Health Cancer Collaborative, the National Consortium of Breast Centers, the Board of Directors of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She is the incoming President for North Pacific Surgical Association. She is a trustee of Medical Teams International, The Oregon Cultural Trust, and Care Oregon. She is a past trustee of Northwest Health Foundation, Susan G. Komen Foundation the Oregon Affiliate, and a past Director on the American Board of Surgery. She is a member, and participant in the Society of Surgical Oncology, Western Surgical Association, Pacific Coast Surgical Associations and the International Society of Surgeons. Dr. Johnson also continues to contribute to the scientific literature with 40 publications, 2 books, 15 clinical research projects and more than 100 Presentations including Webinars, Radio and Television. She is passionate about cancer care and health equity. She and her husband Dr. William Johnson endowed The Dr. DeNorval Unthank Lecture at Oregon Health & Science University to address state wide health inequities. She has a deep understanding about how the complexities and interrelation between patients, providers, health systems, societal factors and the environment contribute to disparities in healthcare. All of which impact access, quality, outcomes and trust. Dr. Johnson has received 18 honors and awards over her career. She was recognized as Portland’s Top Doctor for 6 consecutive years and in 2017 she was recognized as Oregon’s Top Surgical Oncologist. Most notably in 2017 Dr. Johnson was awarded the prestigious Oregon History Makers Medal, which is regarded as one of Oregon’s most prestigious honors and is presented annually by the Oregon Historical society to individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture and landscape of

Nathalie Johnson Upcoming Sessions

Clinical Evaluation of Breast Lumps for the PCP

How to proceed with a patient presenting with a breast lump is a step by step process, the ultimate goal being to determine if it is benign of malignant. This presentation will enhance your skills at following appropriate steps and using the relevant information gained from the clinical history, physical exam, imaging and biopsy options.


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