Our Alumni Spotlight for the month of March shines on Dr. Tony Johnson. Dr. Johnson is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a concentration in Biomedical Science from Wiley College in 2011. In 2017, he obtained both his Medical Doctorate from the American University of Antigua and his Master’s in Business Administration from Urbana University. Recently, Dr. Johnson completed residency training in Primary Care at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he was chief resident.
Dr. Johnson currently resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he is completing a Sports-Medicine Fellowship at Baton Rouge General and serving as a team physician at Louisiana State University and Southern University. Tony has a passion for inspiring minorities to join the medical field. He is heavily involved in several mentorship programs and leads forums at high schools and colleges to promote minorities in healthcare.
One of Tony’s many fond memories of Wiley was serving as Student Union Advisory Board (SUAB) president. He remembers the camaraderie and creativity of working with SUAB members to plan activities for the Wiley College student body. He believes that serving in this role helped give him the confidence and voice to be the leader he is today. He also remembers times spent on the yard hanging out with friends that have since turned into family.
When asked why he felt it is important to give back, Tony replied, “Let me make this clear, there is no way I am a physician, leader, and the man I am today without Wiley College. Having Wiley mentors like the late Dr. Valentyn Siniak, Dr. Solomon Masenda, and others attributed greatly to preparing me for the rigor of life and what was to come. It is important that we continue to pour into Wiley because it gives many an opportunity to pursue dreams like mine, which at one point seemed unobtainable. It is our duty, like the generations before us, to help prepare the table for the generations to come.”