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James Johnston

James (Jay) Johnston is the head of Respiratory Medicine at VGH and the evaluation lead for TB Services at BCCDC. He is also a clinical professor in the UBC Department of Medicine and an associate member of the UBC School of Population & Public Health.


Dr. Johnston’s research interests include tuberculosis (TB) epidemiology, treatment outcomes, drug resistance and genomics. He leads a multidisciplinary team that uses health administrative data to understand TB risk in the people that migrate to British Columbia. He is an active investigator in several publicly-funded multinational randomized control trials examining questions in TB screening, prevention and treatment. His team is also interested in understanding and improving the long-term health outcomes in people affected by TB. 


Dr. Johnston is a Michael Smith Foundation Health Professional Investigator. He has a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Harvard School of Public Health and a Grzybowski Fellowship in TB research. He is the former vice president and conference chair of the North American region of the International Union against TB and Lung Diseases (The Union)


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