Creighton University will present its highest alumni award, the Alumni Achievement Citation, to Cage S. Johnson, MD’65, Los Angeles, Calif., during the University’s spring commencement Saturday, May 14, at the Qwest Center Omaha.
Johnson, considered among the world’s leading authority on sickle cell disorder, is a professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and director of the University of Southern California (USC) Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, one of 10 clinical and research centers funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to serve as national centers of basic, clinical and applied research into sickle cell disease. His career has been devoted to the study and treatment of this painful genetic condition primarily affecting people of African descent.
After earning a medical degree from Creighton in 1965, he trained in internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati and served in the U. S. Army. He completed training in internal medicine and hematology at the Los Angeles County USC Medical Center then joined the faculty at Keck in 1974. He was named director of USC Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center in 1991.
A champion for the underserved and vulnerable, he has shared his expertise with the National Institutes of Health and as a hematology consultant to the Los Angeles Zoo. Johnson also served on the Board of Directors of the Sickle Cell Self-Help Association and Sickle Cell Disease Research Foundation.
The Creighton Alumni Achievement Citation is given to an outstanding, degreed alumni who has provided distinguished service either to the University or society while exhibiting qualities and principles of the Jesuit ideal of being men and women for others.