Professor Margaret Johnson was appointed consultant physician in respiratory and HIV medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in 1989. Since then she has held numerous roles at the Royal Free including: clinical director for infection, clinical director for medicine and medical director.
She has held roles at the British HIV Association, including chairperson between 2004–2008. She has always had an active research programme. Working closely with University College London (UCL), she has followed a large cohort of HIV patients since 1989 – and this has contributed to an understanding of the natural history of the HIV infection. She was awarded a personal chair by UCL in 2005.
She continues to head a very active research programme at the Royal Free, with her main interests being antiretroviral therapy, the epidemiology of the HIV infection and HIV in women.
She was elected to the RCP council in 2010 and was elected academic vice president in July 2015.
As academic vice president, she is keen to champion research. Her aim is to ensure that all physicians can get involved in research if they wish to, and that there are active research opportunities in every healthcare setting.