STANFORD — Teresa Ann Johnson, M.D., an internal medicine physician who specialized in emergency medicine, passed away in the comfort of her home on the 18th day of January, 2013. She was 53.
Known affectionately as “Doctor J” in the Lexington, Danville, and Stanford communities of Kentucky, Dr. Johnson was well loved and respected by both patients and healthcare professionals alike who credit her skills as a physician for saving countless lives throughout the course of her career.
During the last several years, Dr. Johnson spent some of her time residing in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. where she led a fairly active lifestyle despite developing restrictions of a connective tissue disease that ultimately would lay claim to her life.
Dr. Johnson developed a passion for travel and the great outdoors at an early age. By the age of nine, Dr. Johnson had already visited almost every state in the union with her family and by age 20, trips to Hawaii and to Alaska marked the completion of her journey of America. This love of travel would later lead Dr. Johnson to explore almost every continent on Earth.
A natural athlete, Dr. Johnson was also passionate about a great number of sports. She enjoyed scuba diving, swimming, snow skiing, basketball, and she especially loved to play golf as evidenced by dozens of trophies earned during golf tournaments across the state.
Recognized as one of the top female high school golfers in Kentucky, Dr. Johnson never lost her enthusiasm and passion for the sport. She thought nothing of playing 18 holes of golf without the convenience of a golf cart or caddy. In basketball she was voted All Region in 1978 as a senior; she played golf in four state high school tournaments from 1975-1978. She passed up the opportunity to play basketball and/or golf in college to focus on becoming a physician.
She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Kentucky in 1982 and a postgraduate degree in liberal arts from Hollins, a private women’s college in Roanoke, Va., in 1984. Dr. Johnson graduated from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, located on St. Maarten, in 1987 with a two-year clinical rotation at Eastbourne District General Hospital in England. She also conducted her internship and residency at the University Of Virginia Health Sciences Center and at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va. She was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and held medical licenses in Kentucky, Virginia and Utah. Dr. Johnson has served on the medical staff at the following hospitals: Roanoke Memorial Hospital; Fort Logan Hospital; Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center; and with the voluntary faculty at the University of Kentucky Emergency Department.
She is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Kentucky Medical Society and the Boyle County Medical Society.
Dr. Johnson also served as medical director of Rural Metro in Lexington and as medical director of the West Lincoln County Emergency Medical Service. She was a member of the Lincoln County Health Department Board of Directors and the Cooperative Care Board of Directors.
We will remember and forever cherish many things about Teresa: her intelligence, kindness, her huge heart, her generous desire to help anyone in need, her dedication to medicine and to her patients, her passion for sports cars and music, and her love and faithful support of family and friends.
Dr. Johnson is survived by her parents, Jack and Hartese Hatter Johnson; her sister Tamara D. Johnson of Stanford; and her much beloved niece, Madison White, a student at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Known for helping so many families throughout Kentucky, Dr. Johnson especially appreciated the support and medical attention she received from Dr. Rod Bates, Dr. Mark Spurlin, and Dr. Mark Bruner during the course of her illness. She was a member of Stanford Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: Girls High School Basketball Scholarship Fund, in memory of Teresa Ann Johnson, C/O PBK Bank, P.O. Box 366, Stanford, Ky. 40484.
The family will receive friends 5-9 p.m. today at Stanford Baptist Church. Services for Dr. Johnson will be 11:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at the church. Revs. James Heard, Max Hester and Greg Hancock will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Buffalo Springs Cemetery in Stanford.
Casketbearers will be Paul Long, Bruce Johnson, T.J. Hill, Bill Hastie, Tim Robbins, Joey Milburn, Mike Smith, Kevin Williams. Honorary bearers will be Dr. Liz LeBurn, Becky Jones, L.C. Board of Health, Dr. Rod Bates, Dr. Mark Spurlin, Dr. Mark Bruner, Scotty Ernst and Terry Hatter.
Spurlin Funeral Home in Stanford is in charge of arrangements.