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UChicago Faculty Physicians

Daniel Johnson, MD

Professor of Pediatrics Chief, Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Vice Chair, Clinical Services

[MUSIC PLAYING] My name is Daniel Johnson. I am a pediatric infectious disease specialist. I care for children with complex infections. That's what a pediatric infectious disease specialist does.

We ask questions. We listen. We ponder the information provided. We then order tests, look at the results, and then sit with the family in order to talk about how to put that all together into an answer. I love a mystery, even more so the cure.

I chose pediatric infectious diseases because it combined my love of problem-solving with my desire to serve others, particularly children. I was able to hone my skills as a problem solver as an engineer in college and then further refine it during medical school, residency, and fellowship. Putting that all together was perfect for pediatric infectious diseases.

Care is a partnership. It's a partnership between a parent, child, and provider. I try to balance the wants and desires of the family and child with the data that they provide and then put that together with the science of care in order to define an approach that works well for all involved. Vaccines are the best prevention. Vaccinate your kids and yourself.


Daniel Johnson, MD, is a respected physician, researcher and teacher. He is an expert in pediatric infectious diseases and in the care of HIV-infected children. Additionally, Dr. Johnson is committed to the development of community-based pediatric care in underserved areas, accomplished through partnerships with federally qualified health clinics and community hospitals. He works closely with area clinics and providers to expand the availability of pediatric primary care and specialty services on the South Side of Chicago.

Dr. Johnson’s clinical care focuses on inpatient and outpatient infectious diseases. Additionally, he was instrumental in the creation of two nonprofits that were critical to the development and expansion of services for HIV infected and exposed children and their families. He also founded the pediatric and adolescent HIV program at the University of Chicago Medicine. Throughout his career, Dr. Johnson has enjoyed teaching medical students and residents. He is published in the areas of HIV, infectious diseases, health outcomes and community medicine.

Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Pediatrics

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

Practicing Since

  • 1987

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences


  • Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland


  • Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland

News & Research

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