Niva Lubin-Johnson, M.D., FACP, an advocate of quality health care for all, especially the underserved and underrepresented, was installed as the 119th President of the National Medical Association (NMA) last year. Dr. Lubin-Johnson has been an active member of the NMA for over 30 years.
Since the founding of the National Medical Association in 1895, Dr. Lubin-Johnson is only the third person, and the first female, to serve as President, Speaker, and Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Lubin-Johnson received her B.S. Degree in Pharmacy from Creighton University and her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where she was distinguished as a member of the last class to finish within a three-year time frame. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chicago, and has been in private practice for 28 years in the South Side neighborhood where she grew up and currently resides. She is currently a senior attending physician at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, associate attending at Advocate Trinity Hospital, and a clinical instructor at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Lubin-Johnson is a member of American Medical Association (AMA) and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. In 2010, she was elected to serve on the AMA Minority Affairs Section Governing Council as an at-large member and was re-elected in April 2013. In June 2013, she was elected vice chair and served as chair from June 2014-16. As Chair, she was an Alternate Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates and a member of the AMA/NMA Commission to End Health Care Disparities and its’ Diabetes/Hypertension Committee. In 2009, she was appointed to serve on the Nominating Committee for the Cook County Health System Board, and in 2012 was elected to serve as Secretary and Vice-Chair.
Dr. Lubin-Johnson is the recipient of numerous awards including the Illinois Committee of Concerned Blacks in Higher Education Trustee Award; Midwest Community Council—Nancy B. Jefferson Community Service Award; Dollars and Sense Magazine’s Best and Brightest Women in Medicine; the Kizzy Award—Black Women’s Hall of Fame Foundation; the Student National Medical Association Award for Leadership and Service; and the Top Ladies of Distinction Orchid Award for Outstanding Women in Medicine.
Dr. Lubin-Johnson is a proud member of Trinity United Church of Christ, and a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.