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Gary Johnson, M.D.

Associate Professor


Dr. Johnson completed all of his medical training at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. He practiced in his hometown of Fernley NV after graduation, serving as one of the areas two physicians. He returned to the Medical School and Reno after three years of private practice to join the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency program. Dr. Johnson has served as Medical Director and Chairman of the department during over 20 years of service to the department. He has been active in state, local and hospital medical societies. He continues to see patients and teach. The operation of an efficient, patient centered clinic, along with the education of medical students and residents are his prime professional priorities. He is also driven by a love of Nevada and its people.


Gary Johnson was born in Berkeley, California in 1956, and moved almost immediately after to Nevada. He went to kindergarten in Tonopah, grade school in Sparks, middle school in Las Vegas, and high school in Fernley. He is married to Holly, a nurse and belly dancer, with whom he has two daughters: Mallory and Jasmine. Never without a dog in the family, his current pet "Bongo" is a miniature American Eskimo. Two rats, two cats and a variety of goldfish currently share his residence. Dr. Johnson has a wide range of interests outside of medicine including, hiking, camping, fishing, and mountain biking. He began playing drums in junior high school, and has since added percussion to bluegrass, country, big band, rock and roll, and jazz bands. He has been active in photography since high school, and enjoys taking photos of animals, people and desert landscapes. His collection of dermatology photographs grows more extensive every year.

Dr. Johnson also coordinates the popular spring Wilderness Medicine Elective

Passions: Music (especially '70s Rock), Photography, Dogs, Nature, my Family, Burning Man

Favorite movies: Lost in Translation, No Country for Old Men, Wizard of Oz, The Shining.

Favorite Band: the Doobie Brothers. Of course.

Quote: don't quote me on that.

Hometown: Fernley NV


  • B.S. (High Honors) University of Nevada, Reno
  • M.D. University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
  • 1981: Chief Resident, Family Medicine Residency, University of Nevada