MARK JOHNSON

Consultant Neonatologist, Senior Clinical Lecturer, University Hospital Southhampton, UNITED KINGDOM

Dr Mark Johnson is a consultant neonatologist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and an honorary senior clinical lecturer in neonatal medicine at the University of Southampton. Dr Johnson graduated in medicine (BM) from the University of Southampton in 2004, and undertook an intercalated degree in biomedical science (BSc) during his medical training.

During his training, Dr Johnson was an NIHR (National Institute of Health Research) academic clinical fellow. He was later awarded a prestigious NIHR doctoral research fellowship to fund his PhD, which he was awarded by the University of Southampton in 2015. Dr Johnson’s PhD focused on change management in neonatal care in the context of nutrition, successfully implementing improved nutritional practices in order to improve the growth of preterm infants.  Dr Johnson's research centres around the nutritional care and growth of premature babies, and the implementation of practice change in order to improve care. Dr Johnson has published his work in over 20 peer reviewed journals, including systematic reviews looking at the use of early parenteral nutrition in preterm infants, the impact of enhanced nutrition on the neurodevelopmental outcomes of preterm infants and the effect of preterm birth on body composition and growth. He has also written on topics which include nutritional assessment in children and premature babies neonatal nutritional screening and the assessment of growth in premature babies. Dr Johnson was also a co-author of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine Framework for Practice for Parenteral Nutrition in Neonatal units.

Dr Johnson is one of two neonatal consultants carrying out weekly multidisciplinary nutrition ward rounds on the neonatal intensive care unit in Southampton. Dr Johnson is also currently the lead for education and training for the nutrition theme of the Southampton NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, is a member of the European Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Nutrition Section Committee and is part of the working group currently revising the ESPGHAN recommendations for enteral nutrition for preterm infants. He is also the local PI for several multicentre randomised controlled trials being carried out in the UK, and is a collaborator on several grants looking at the development and trialling of nutritional interventions in neonates and children.

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