Clarion Johnson received his calling at thirteen years old, falling to one knee on the street near his Brooklyn home and breaking into a cold sweat after reading the biography of a missionary doctor. Clarion had an epiphany, at that moment he felt destined to become a physician. Clarion was mentored by Dr. Haber at the Columbia Teachers College and funded his own education at Sarah Lawrence College, by working two jobs. By the end of his four years in Bronxville, he was class president and captain of the basketball team. During his internship at Yale Medical School he majored in internal medicine with a minor in cardiology. He then went on to a life of service utilizing his medical skills:
Dr. Clarion Johnson is the former medical director of Exxon Mobil. He is Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board of Public Health. Dr. Johnson sits on the boards of the Milbank Memorial Fund; the de Beaumont Foundation, Vice-chair of the Yale School of Public Health; Member of the Yale School of Management; Chair of the Yale nominating committee; Arch Diocese of New York’s Health System; and is past chair of the Virginia Health Care Foundation and City Lights School. In January 2020 he was honored with a lifetime appointment as a National Associate of the National Research Council. Other honors include Presidents Award for the Oil and International Gas Producers Award for Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. In 2011 he received a medal from the French Army’s Institute De Recherche Biomedical for “Project Tetrapole”—a public partnership on malaria research. He is Chair of the Yale nominating committee and a distinguished member of the Cosmos Club. We are honored to host this truly remarkable man of service to this episode of Intrinsic Drive™.
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