Sandra H. Johnson is Professor Emerita of Law and Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University School of Law. She is the co-author of the casebook Health Law: Cases, Materials and Problems, now in its seventh edition, which has been used in more than 150 universities. The casebook and its companion treatise have been cited more than 500 times in scholarly articles and judicial opinions, including several times by the U.S. Supreme Court. Johnson has also authored numerous articles in health law and bioethics. She served for ten years as the Director of the Mayday Project on Legal and Regulatory Issues in Pain Management.
She has been quoted on health policy issues by several national news outlets, including the New York Times and USA Today. She has twice been a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. She received numerous awards for her work, including being named “Woman of the Year” by Saint Louis University and by Missouri Lawyers Weekly ; Health Law Teacher of the Year by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics; and was selected as a Fellow of the Hastings Center. In 2012, she received the President's Award from the Missouri Bar Association.
Johnson is committed to public service leadership. She currently serves on the Board and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Missouri Health Connection, a nonprofit organization partnering with the State of Missouri to develop a statewide exchange for electronic medical records for patient care. She recently completed two terms as the inaugural Chair of that Board. Previously, she was appointed by the Governor to a task force that successfully secured federal funding for the State for the statewide exchange. Johnson also serves on the boards of the Alexian Brothers Senior Ministries, PACE in St. Louis and Chattanooga, and the Aquinas Institute.
She also remains engaged in health law scholarship. The seventh edition of Health Law: Cases, Materials and Problems, published in summer 2013, marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the text written by Professor Johnson and Professors Tim Greaney, Barry Furrow, Rob Schwartz, and Timothy Jost. In addition, Johnson is co-authoring a new edition of the health law treatise, which will be published in 2014. She is a regular contributor to At Law feature of the Hastings Center Report.
Professor Johnson served as Interim Dean of the School of Law twice. She was the founding director of the Center for Health Law Studies, which has been ranked as the top health law program in the country for over a decade. She served as Provost of Saint Louis University from 1998-2002. From 200 1 until her retirement, she held the Tenet Chair in Health Law and Ethics, an endowed chair held jointly by the School of Law and the Center for Health Care Ethics. She also held faculty appointments in SLU's School of Medicine and School of Public Health.