James R. Johnson, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program and the VA Molecular Epidemiology Unit. Dr. Johnson received his training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Washington in Seattle. His research interests include: 1) molecular pathogenesis of urinary tract infections, with an emphasis on the virulence properties, ecology, and phylogenetic aspects of uropathogenic E. coli, 2) molecular epidemiology of antibiotic resistance in E. coli, and 3) virulence factors and molecular epidemiology of enterococci, including VRE.
Johnson JR, Johnston B, Clabots C, Kuskowski MA, Castanheira M. Escherichia coli sequence type ST131 as the major cause of multidrug-resistant E. coli infections in the United States (2007). Clin Infect Dis 2010;51:286-94.
Drekonja DM, Kuskowski MA, Johnson JR. Foley catheter practices and knowledge among Minnesota physicians. Am J Infect Control 2010;38:694-700.
Johnson JR, Johnston BD, Kuskowski MA, Pitout J. Comparative activity of antimicrobial Foley catheters against Escherichia coli strains resistant to extended-spectrum cephalosporins. J Urol 2010;184:2572-7/
Knoll BM, Wright D, Ellingson L, Kraemer L, Kuskowski MA, Johnson JR. Reduction of inappropriate urinary catheter use at a Veterans Affairs hospital through a multifaceted quality improvement project. Clin Infect Dis 2011;52:1283-90.
Platell JL, Cobbold RN, Johnson JR, Heisig A, Heisig P, Clabots, C, Trott DJ. Commonality among fluoroquinolone-resistant sequence type ST131 extraintestinal Escherichia coli isolates from humans and companion animals in Australia. Antimicrob Agents Chemother (in press).
Drekonja DM, Amundson WH, DeCarolis DD, Kuskowski MA, Lederle FA, Johnson JR. Antimicrobial use among patients with recent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in relation to recurrent CDI. Am J Med (in press).
Owens RC, Johnson JR, Stogsdill P, Yarmus L, Lolans K, Quinn J. Community transmission in the United States of a CTX M-15-producing sequence type ST131 Escherichia coli strain resulting in death. J Clin Microbiol (in press).