Executive Leadership

Annette Johnson, JD, PhD

Senior Vice President and Vice Dean, General Counsel

Annette Johnson, senior vice president and vice dean, general counsel, joined the NYU Office of General Counsel in 1981, serving as counsel to NYU and NYU Langone Medical Center prior to the merger with Mount Sinai and then as senior counsel for NYU School of Medicine. She was appointed senior vice president and general counsel for NYU Hospitals Center in October 2001. As the chief legal officer for the School of Medicine and the Hospitals Center, Ms. Johnson oversees all legal matters concerning NYU Langone Medical Center and developed its Office of General Counsel, which now includes six associate general counsels. She has been involved in the major legal events that mark the Medical Center's history: the affiliation and merger with the Hospital for Joint Diseases, the affiliation and disaffiliation with Downtown Hospital, the separation of the Hospitals from NYU, the reunion and reorganization of the Hospitals with the School of Medicine, which produced NYU Langone Medical Center, the development of the technology transfer office, and the licensing and sale of the Remicade royalties.

In addition to her responsibilities in legal matters, Ms. Johnson provides leadership to the Office of Audit and Compliance, the Institutional Review Board, and the Office of Government Affairs, all of which report to her. Ms. Johnson established the Medical Center's Office of Audit and Compliance, hiring the first Medical Center vice president for audit and compliance, and fostering this office's growth to a staff of fourteen, providing comprehensive compliance training and support to both the School and Hospitals. Under her leadership, the IRB staff was restructured, policies and processes were comprehensively revised to provide a researcher-friendly environment while continuing to protect human subjects, and the IRB achieved AAHRP accreditation. In the area of government affairs, the Medical Center has greatly expanded its activities and relationships with officials in policy and appropriations matters.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Johnson earned a PhD in English at the University of Massachusetts. She received her JD summa cum laude from the University of Toledo, where she was valedictorian. After graduating from law school, she held a faculty and administrative appointment at the University of Toledo College of Law and served in the New York State Office of the Attorney General prior to joining NYU. She has published articles in the area of faculty tenure and school financing reform.