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New Wellesley President Brings Focus On Women’s Health

Rarely does one person in medicine make the impact that Doctor Paula Johnson has made. At 57 years old, Johnson has dedicated her whole career to improving women’s health, focusing on the different ways men and women respond to diseases.

Johnson was the first woman – and the first African American – to hold the position of chief medical resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she created the Center for Women’s Health & Gender Biology.

This month, Johnson officially left the field of medicine to become the first African American president of Wellesley College. A part of our Leaders in Higher Education series, WGBH’s Kirk Carapezza caught up with Johnson on the Wellesley campus and asked her about her new role.