W. Taylor Johnson, MFA, DLS
Director of Operations and Interim Director of Philanthropy
W. Taylor Johnson is Director of Operations at Physicians for Social Responsibility in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining PSR in August 2014, he served as Director of Administration for the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, as chief administrative officer for the then only museum-based doctoral program in the western hemisphere.
Dr. Johnson received his Doctor of Liberal Studies degree from Georgetown University, and is recognized by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs as the world’s first recipient of a doctoral degree in Liberal Studies. His doctoral dissertation, entitled Shaping Better Physicians?: The Role of the Visual Arts in Medical Education, explores the uncommon juxtaposition of medical science and the visual arts, asserting the value and importance of humanism in medical practice through the integration of visual arts and visual literacy training in medical education to improve physical diagnostic skills. Dr. Johnson received his Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Studio Art from The Catholic University of America. Dr. Johnson also holds professional certificates in Leadership from Georgetown University and The Catholic University of America.
A native of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, Dr. Johnson and his husband have made their home in Bethesda, Maryland since 1990, where they enjoy daily hikes on the Capital Crescent Trail. A strong advocate for living sustainably, he has not owned a car since 1990, supports local sustainable farmers, and grows his own edible herbs. Dr. Johnson is a strong advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.