Billy C. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., author of "New Prescription for Childhood Obesity", and "Prescription for Healthy Weight Loss & Optimum Health". Enjoys writing - it's the creative aspect of writing that appeals to him.
Background: Dr. Billy Johnson holds a Ph.D in Molecular Biology/Microbiology and an MD from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and practiced as a board certified physician in Virginia and Connecticut. He is the Founder and President of Ultimate Health Plus in Cranston, Rhode Island. Dr. Johnson became interested in Health and Nutrition after losing his oldest brother to heart attack secondary to type 2 diabetes.
Shortly afterwards, Dr. Johnson was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol—factors increasing his risk of heart attack and stroke. The threat to his health led him to research and develop a program addressing the root causes of obesity related chronic degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, premature aging, and loss of energy ---- caused by oxidative stress and low-grade chronic inflammation triggered by many factors, including unhealthy foods, physical inactivity, and environmental causes such as pesticides, industrial pollutants, and toxins.
Like most Pisceans, he is mystical, gifted, imaginative, and finds the greatest satisfaction in life giving rather than receiving. As a physician, he intuitively senses the pain of others—healing by caring and lifting the spirit far beyond the normal realm of medical practice. All because he genuinely cared for his patients who came to trust his medical judgment and skill as a passionate surgeon and obstetrician.
As a young boy growing up in Africa, he captured the suffering, injustice, and poverty he encountered in poetry. As a physician he saw kids suffering from chronic diseases that were once thought to be adult-onset diseases. He saw kids in this generation who are predicted to have a poorer quality of life and a shorter lifespan than their parents. And he saw parents who are dying prematurely from diseases that could be prevented if they had the proper knowledge and the courage to take charge of their own health.
My Greatest Attribute: Hope, faith, patience, passion, and gratitude.
My Heroes: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Khalil Gibran, Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Robert Kennedy, John Kennedy, George Washington, George Washington Carver and most importantly my beloved mother, Mary Johnson.
Hobby: Writing, cooking, tennis, soccer, swimming, and music.
Board Certification- Obstetrics/Gynecology 1992
Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York 1990 Obstetrics/Gynecology Residency
College Of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 1986
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 1978
Ph.D Degree- Molecular Biology/Microbiology
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 1975
MSc Degree- Molecular Biology/Microbiology
Cuttington College and Divinity School (Episcopal), Suakoko, Liberia 1973
BSc Degree- Biology
Ultimate Health Plus, LLC 2003- Present
• I founded the “Ultimate Health Plus “ which enabled me to research and develop a subject matter that I became very passionate about—understanding the underlying cause of obesity related chronic degenerative diseases, and to develop simple and effective strategies and techniques to minimize the disease or risk. This work led to my writing a series of books on health, two of which have been published: The Prescription for Healthy Weight Loss & Optimum Health ISBN 1595263918, October 2006. New Prescription for Childhood Obesity ISBN 0-595-45343-0, January 2008.
Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs, Connecticut 1998 - 2001
Obstetrics/Gynecology Attending & Director and Owner
New England Women’s Health Center (NEWHC)
•My company NEWHC owned and staffed the only Obstetrics/Gynecology facilities of the Johnson Memorial Hospital (JMH) located in Stafford Springs and Enfield, CT. This was at a critical period when the hospital OB/GYN department was losing patients to the neighboring competing hospitals that were much larger and better managed. The hospital not only lost patients, but also its entire obstetrician staff, despite having recently renovated the obstetric units into modern “birthing suites”.
•However, under my leadership, we were able to turn the OB/GYN department of JMH from “red” to “black” in a short time. I had a staff of 15, including a female obstetrician, a nurse practitioner and a mid-wife (this was a first in the history of the hospital). This was an experience both politically charged and challenging due to inadequate funding and support. Despite the difficulties, we were able to build a highly successful OB/GYN practice that ultimately saved the reputation and financial deterioration of the hospital. This experience will serve as one of my proudest moments and achievement in spite of the overwhelming obstacles and daily challenges.
Day Kimball Hospital, Putnam, Connecticut 1993 - 1998
Memorial Hospital, Danville, Virginia 1990 - 1992 Obstetrics/Gynecology Attending
Dioglioti Medical School, Monrovia, Liberia 1980 - 1981
Associate Professor, Biochemistry
•Normal obstetrical procedures, high-risk obstetrics (management of diabetes, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, intrauterine growth retardation, placenta previa, etc.); obstetric surgery, vaginal and abdominal ultrasound, Doppler, pre-natal testing (biophysical profiles, non-stress test, etc.); colposcopy, cryosurgery, laparoscopy (diagnostic laparoscopy, laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomies, etc.); hysteroscopy and laser surgery. Additional interest in reproductive endocrinology, infertility, use of pergonal, profassi and metrodin for infertility induction, and also gynecologic surgery (total abdominal hysterectomy -TAH/BSO, vaginal hysterectomy, bladder repair, rectal fistulas repair, etc.).
•Graduate Student Research Fellow: Biochemistry/Microbiology & Cell Science – University of Florida. Research in Biological Chemistry – Quantitation of peptide toxins (amatoxins) employing chromatographic procedures along with highly sensitive and quantitative enzymatic procedures (Thesis). Research in regulation of transcription and cell development; Determination of the potential role of cyclic peptides (amatoxins) in the specific regulation of DNA-dependent RNA polymerase 2 activity involved in messenger-RNA synthesis during growth and differentiation of pholloidin and other related naturally occurring peptide derivatives (Doctorate Dissertation). Isolation and purification of cell organelles, enzymes, and cellular macromolecules from mammalian and bacterial cells. Handling and application of radioisotopes in probing biological systems.
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE & RESEARCH
•Investigation of insulin receptors and interactions in the brain and liver of rats and bovine in an effort to understand the regulatory role of insulin in early development. College of Medicine, University of Florida (1981- 1982).
•Investigation of adrenal autoantibodies in patients with adrenal dysfunction and Cushing’s disease. College of Medicine, University of Florida (1982- 1983).
AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS
•Honor student, Cuttington College, Suakoko, Liberia (1969-1972).
•Episcopal Church Bishop’s Scholarship, Cuttington College (1969-1972).
•Graduate Research Fellowship Award, AFGRAD, University of Florida (1973-1978).
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES & ORGANIZATION (PAST & PRESENT)
•American Medical Association (AMA)
•Windham Medical Society
•Connecticut State Society
•American Mycological Society & Biochemical Society of America
•American Red Cross Society
•The Quinnipiack Club
•NEASPA (Authors Alliance)
•Johnson, B. C.: 1975. Inhibition of calf thymus RNA polymerase 2 and Escherichia coli RNA polymerase in Amanita ceasarea and other species of Amanita. Ms. Thesis, University of Florida.
•Johnson, B. C. and J. F. Preston, 1979. Unique Amanita resistance of RNA synthesis in isolated nuclei from Amanita species accumulating amanitins. Arch. Microbiology 122:167.
•Johnson, B. C., J. W. Kimbrough and J. F. Preston, 1986. Quantitation of amanitins in Galerina autmnalis. Mycologia 58: 1248.
•Johnson, B. C. and J. F. Preston, 1980. Alpha-amanitin resistant RNA polymerase 2 from carpophores of Amanita species accumulating amatoxins. Biochem Biophys Acta 607:102.
•Johnson, B. C., J. Ducey, S. Nakra and M. L. Tancer, 1989. Myelodysplastic Syndrome and Pregnancy: A Case Report. Presented at the Brooklyn Gynecology Society.
•Johnson, B. C. and J. F. Preston, 1976. Abstracts “Quantitative distributions of peptide toxins in Amanita Galerina. “27th Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Biological Science.
•Johnson, B. C., V. E. Miller and J. F. Preston, 1977. “Amatoxins in Amanita hygroscopica carpophores and cultures.” 2nd International Mycological Congress.
•Johnson, B. C. and J. F. Preston, 1978. “The potential role of amanitins in the regulation of DNA-dependent RNA polymerase 2 activity in Amanita species.” J. Cell Biol. 78:3225a.
•Johnson, B. C. and J. F. Preston, 1978. “A unique alpha-amanitin resistant RNA polymerase 2 from Amanita-hygroscopica.” 28th Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Biological Science.
•Johnson, B. C. and W. J. Riley, 1984. “Adrenal Auto-antibodies in patients with Adrenal Dysfunction.” Symposium, University of Florida.
•Preston, J.F., B.C. Johnson, M. Little, T. Romeo, H. Stark and J.E. Mullersman. “Investigations on the functions of amatoxins in Amanita species: A case for amatoxins as potential regulators of transcription.”: In Peptide Antibiotics – Biosynthesis and Functions (Kleinkauf and Dohren eds.), p. 399. Walter de Gruter & Co., Berlin, New York, 1982.
•Johnson, B. C. and D. Chong-Jimenez. “Prescription for Healthy Weight Loss & Optimum Health.” Llumina Press, Coral Springs, FL., 2006. ISBN 1595263918
•Johnson, B. C. “New Prescription for Childhood Obesity.” iUniverse, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2008. ISBN 0-595-45343-0
Dr. Johnson has appeared on NBC (Turnto10), CBS, and ION Television Network, “For The Record” with Ann Karrick. He is scheduled to be a regular guest on Pax TV. He has been interviewed on radio and wrote a monthly column for “The Woman’s Page” and the “Federal Hill Gazette”. Dr. Johnson has given speeches and lectures to various organizations, churches, and philanthropic groups. He has had book signing events at Barnes & Noble Bookstores.
Apart from his scientific work and writings, Dr. Johnson has also written other books, both fiction and non-fiction, including a book on poetry that he hopes to publish soon. Dr. Johnson is passionate and committed to help improve the quality of life for many---it brings him the greatest joy and satisfaction.