Gary Johanson

last updated 12/28/2017

Gary A. Johanson

Medical Director Palliative Care Services at St. Joseph Health

3445 Michelson Dr. Ste. 100, Irvine, California, United States
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(949) 381-4000

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Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

Medical Director Palliative Care Services And Memorial Hospice - Annadel Medical Group



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INDIVIDUAL: Gary Johanson, MD
Gary Johanson, MD Gary Johanson, MD St. Joseph Health Sonoma County / Annadel Medical Group For over 30 years, Dr. Johanson has been an esteemed leader, caring physician and tireless community advocate for advance care planning and quality palliative care for people with serious illnesses. leading palliative care physician, Dr. Johanson has developed and led high-quality palliative and hospice care systems and services in Sonoma County. He is Medical Director of Palliative Care Services and Memorial Hospice at St. Joseph Health in Sonoma County, where his vision and commitment provided the inspiration and guidance for creating a palliative specialty unit and inpatient palliative care program. e is widely known as a driving force for bringing awareness of palliative care to the healthcare community. He has generously worked to educate, promote, and expand advance care planning and quality palliative care through countless trainings, presentations, and publications. He has been actively involved in Sonoma County's Committee for Healthcare Improvement and its palliative care initiative, the Sonoma County POSLT Coalition, Journey Project Coalition, and My Care, My Plan: Speak Up Sonoma County. r. Johanson is a board certified family practice physician with special qualifications in hospice and palliative care medicine. He is a founding member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). He established himself as a key resource and expert in end-of-life care with his publication of the Clinicians Handbook of Symptom Relief in Palliative Care, a widely distributed practical reference for healthcare providers treating symptoms in patients approaching the end of life. What they say about Gary: "Gary is an exceptional leader who has consistently contributed his expertise, dedication and advocacy to improve care for people who are seriously ill or approaching the end of life. - Mary Maddux-Gonzalez, MD, MPH, Redwood Community Health Coalition "His calm approach and his ability to meet patients and families where they are in the grieving process allow him to build relationships that value justice, service, excellence, and dignity. is many years of experience and gentle demeanor support families to be able to hear difficult messages and experience true compassionate care. - Todd Salnas, St. Joseph Health "Gary has devoted his passion, time and energy to people with serious and terminal illness over a long and productive career.

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Gary Johanson, M.D. - Hospice Medical Director, Memorial Hospice

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Gary Johanson, MD, St. Joseph Health - Sonoma County
"Palliative Medicine II: Present Future" In 1978, Dr. Gary Johanson began serving as medical director of his local hospice soon after starting his family practice. He been a frequent speaker on palliative care and has authored many articles, including a Clinicians Handbook of Symptom Relief in Palliative Care. Board certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine, he has practiced exclusively in that specialty for the last 17 years. An AAHPM founding member and Fellow, he served on their Board and Ethics Committee in its early years. He is currently Medical Director of St Joseph Memorial Hospice and Home Health in Sonoma County and a key contributor to the development of Palliative Care Services for St Joseph Health, including a collaborative with Providence and Dignity Health in an Advance Care Planning and Whole Person Care initiative. Judith Redwing Keyssar, RN, BA, is the Director of the Palliative Care Program at Jewish Family and Children's Services of the West Bay Area. As a "midwife to the dying," she draws upon 25+ years of nursing experience in oncology, critical care and hospice.

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