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William G. Johnson

Professor, Biomedical Informatics


  • 1971, Ph.D. Economics, Rutgers University
  • 1968, M.A. Economics, Temple University
  • 1956, B.S. Economics, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)


William Johnson is the founder of the Center for Health Information & Research (CHIR). His research focuses on clinical quality of health care, the development of health information systems. He is one of the authors of the Harvard Medical Practice study and the Mt. Sinai medical center study of asbestos related disease. His professional activities include membership in the National Academy of Social Insurance, the North American Spine Society, Institute of Work and Health (Toronto), and the World Health Organization Task Force on Neck Pain. He serves on the editorial board of The Spine Journal.

Research Publications

  • West S, Johnson WG, Visscher W, et al. . The challenges of linking health insurer claims with electronic medical records. Health Informatics Journal (2014).
  • Butler RJ, Wilson BL, Johnson WG. (February 2012). . A modified measure of health care disparities applied to birth weight disparities and subsequent mortality. Health Economics (2012).
  • Butler RJ, Davis, TK Johnson, WG. Effects of non-adherence with prescription drugs among older adults,. The American Journal of Managed Care. 17(2): 81-88 (2011).
  • Butler RJ, Johnson WG. Loss reduction through worker satisfaction: the case of workers’ compensation. Risk Management and Insurance Review. 14(1):1-26 (2011).
  • Butler RJ, Johnson WG. Adjusting rehabilitation costs and benefits for health capital: the case of low back occupational injuries. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 20(1):90-103. PMID: 19806437 (2010).
  • Butler RJ, Wilson BL, Johnson WG.). A modified measure of health care disparities applied to birth weight disparities and subsequent mortality. Health Economics. 20(7) (2010).
  • Wilson BL, Johnson WG. . Using innovation to assess nursing workforce in Arizona: a collaborative approach. . Nursing Economics. 27(4):233-238 (2009).
  • Butler RJ, Johnson WG, Gubler T. Economic Burden. Work and Cancer Survivors (2009).
  • John Frank, William Johnson, Marjorie Baldwin, Pierre Côté, Richard Butler. Patterns of Sick-Leave and Health Outcomes in Injured Workers with Back Pain. European Spine Journal (2008).
  • Moturu ST, Liu H, Johnson WG. Understanding the effects of sampling on healthcare risk modeling for the prediction of future high-cost patients. Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, Series: Communications in Computer and Information Science (2008).
  • Baldwin ML, Butler RJ, Johnson WG, Cote P. Self reported severity measures as predictors of return-to-work outcomes in occupational back pain. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation (2007).
  • Butler RJ, Johnson WG. Satisfaction with low back pain. The Spine Journal (2007).
  • Butler RJ, Johnson WG, Cote P. It pays to be nice: employer-worker relationships and the management of back pain. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2007).
  • Butler RJ, Johnson WG, Gray B. Timing makes a difference: early nurse intervention and low back pain. Professional Case Management (2007).
  • Marjorie Baldwin, Richard Butler, William Johnson, Pierre Côté. Self Reported Severity Measures as Predictors of Return-to-Work Outcomes in Occupational Back Pain. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation (2007).
  • Rimsza ME, Butler RJ, Johnson WG. The impact of Medicaid disenrollment on health care use and cost. Pediatrics (2007).
  • Baldwin ML, Butler RJ, Johnson WG. The effects of occupational injuries after returns to work: work absences and losses of on-the-job productivity. Journal of Risk and Insurance (2006).
  • Johnson TJ, Rimsza ME, Johnson WG. The effects of cost-shifting in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. American Journal of Public Health (2006).
  • Johnson WG, Baldwin ML, Johnson TJ. Does network care prolong work absences?. Industrial Relations (2006).
  • Baldwin ML, Johnson WG. A critical review of studies of discrimination against workers with disabilities. Handbook on the economics of discrimination (2006).
  • Cote P, Baldwin ML, Johnson WG. Early patterns of care for occupational back pain. Spine (2005).
  • Johnson WG. Cost-based evaluations of the treatment of back pain: a primer for health care professionals. The Spine Journal (2005).
  • Linton SJ, Gross D, Schultz IZ, Main C, Côte P, Pransky G, et al. Prognosis and the identification of workers risking disability: research issues and directions for future research. (2005).
  • Johnson, W.G., & Rimsza, M.E. The effects of access to pediatric care and insurance coverage on emergency department utilization. Pediatrics (2004).
  • Johnson WG. Back pain: acute injury or chronic disease?. (2004).
  • Baldwin ML, Johnson WG, Marcus SC. Effects of provider networks on health care costs for workers with short-term injuries. Medical Care (2002).
  • Baldwin ML, Butler RJ, Johnson WG. A hierarchical theory of occupational segregation and wage discrimination. Economic Inquiry (2001).
  • Baldwin ML, Cote P, Frank JW, Johnson WG. Cost-effectiveness studies of medical and chiropractic care for occupational low back pain: A critical review of the literature. The Spine Journal (2001).
  • Butler RJ, Baldwin ML, Johnson WG. The effects of worker heterogeneity on duration dependence: low-back claims in workers compensation. Review of Economics and Statistics (2001).
  • Baldwin ML, Johnson WG. Labor market discrimination against men with disabilities in the year of the ADA. Southern Economic Journal (2000).
  • Pransky G, Benjamin K, Hill-Fotouhi C, Himmelstein J, Fletcher K ., Katz JN, et al. Outcomes in work-related upper extremity and low back injuries: results of a retrospective study. American Journal of Industrial Medicine (2000).
  • Johnson W, Baldwin M, Marcus S. The impact of workers' compensation networks on medical costs and disability benefits. (1999).
  • Baldwin M, Johnson WG. Dispelling the myths of work disability. New approaches to disability in the workplace (1998).
  • Johnson WG, Nuwer MR. Costs of treating patients. Epilepsy: a comprehensive textbook (1997).
  • Johnson, WG. The future of disability policy: benefit payments or civil rights?. (1997).
  • Weiler PC, Hiatt HH, Newhouse JP, Johnson WG, Brennan TA, Leape LL. A measure of malpractice: medical injury, malpractice litigation, and patient compensation. (1993).
  • Johnson WG, Baldwin ML. he Americans with Disabilities Act: will it make a difference?. (1993).
  • Johnson WG, Baldwin ML. The causes of labor market discrimination against persons with disabilities. (1993).
  • Johnson WG, Burton JF. Health care cost containment in workers' compensation. (1989).
  • Johnson WG, Lambrinos J. The effect of prejudice on the wages of disabled workers. (1987).
  • Berkowitz M, Johnson WG, Murphy E. Public policy toward disability. (1976).

Research Activity