Nick Johnson
Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine
Section Head for Critical Care
Associate Program Director, Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Sites of Practice: 
Harborview Medical Center

Faculty Information


Dr. Johnson is an emergency physician and intensivist. He is board-certified in emergency medicine, critical care medicine, and neurocritical care. He cares for patients at Harborview Medical Center in the following locations: Emergency Department, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Neurocritical Care Service, and the Extracorporeal Life Support service. Dr. Johnson strives to improve the care of critically ill patients in the prehospital and emergency department settings, and ensure safe transitions to the intensive care unit.

Dr. Johnson studies cardiac arrest and early critical illness. He is interested in determining how ventilation strategies might impact outcome during and after cardiac arrest, in developing brain-protective resuscitation strategies, and extracorporeal support. He also participates in trials examining the early identification and treatment of ARDS, sepsis, and COVID-19. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, the Medic One Foundation, and the UW Royalty Research Fund. He serves as Section Head for Critical Care in Emergency Medicine at UW, Co-Chair of the Harborview Code Committee, Associate Program Director for the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, and Chair of the ACEP Critical Care Section. Dr. Johnson has been actively involved in the creation of resuscitation guidelines as a member on the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation’s Basic Life Support Task Force and the American Heart Association’s Post-Cardiac Arrest Care Writing Committee.

Education & Training: 
University of California, San Francisco
Internship and Residency, Emergency Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship, Critical Care Medicine
University of Washington
Top 50 Peer Reviewer, Annals of Emergency Medicine
Outstanding Educator of the Year, UW Emergency Medicine
Outstanding Didactic of the Year, UW Emergency Medicine
Outside Educator of the Year, Madigan EM
Fellow, American College of Critical Care Medicine
Outstanding Curriculum Module of the Year
Phi Beta Kappa
Alpha Omega Alpha
Top Doctor, Seattle Met Magazine
Mailing Address: 

Harborview Medical Center
Box 359702
325 Ninth Avenue
Seattle WA 98104-2499


Twitter: @NickJohnsonMD

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 

Cardiac Arrest

Mechanical Ventilation

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Extracorporeal Life Support



See below for recent publications:

  1. Nguyen M, Gause E, Mills B, Tonna JE, Alvey H, Saczkowski R, Grunau B, Becker LB, Gaieski DF, Youngquist S,  Gunnerson K, Hamilton J, Badulak J, Mandell SP, Bulger EM, Johnson NJ on behalf of the Extracorporeal Resuscitation Consortium. Traumatic and hemorrhagic complications after extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2020 Oct 12:S0300-9572(20)30501-3. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33058992. [Original Work]
  2. Johnson NJ, Danielson KR, Counts CR, Ruark K, Scruggs S, Hough CL, Maynard C, Sayre MR, Carlbom DJ. Targeted Temperature Management at 33 versus 36 Degrees: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Critical Care Medicine. E-pub: 6 Dec 2019. PMID: 31809279. [Original Work]
  3. Self WH, Semler MW, Leither LM, Casey JD, Angus DC, Brower RG, Chang SY, Collins SP, Eppensteiner JC, Filbin MR, Files DC, Gibbs KW, Ginde AA, Gong MN, Harrell FE Jr, Hayden DL, Hough CL, Johnson NJ, Khan A, Lindsell CJ, Matthay MA, Moss M, Park PK, Rice TW, Robinson BRH, Schoenfeld DA, Shapiro NI, Steingrub JS, Ulysse CA, Weissman A, Yealy DM, Thompson BT, Brown SM; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute PETAL Clinical Trials Network. Effect of Hydroxychloroquine on Clinical Status at 14 Days in Hospitalized Patients With COVID-19: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2020 Dec 1;324(21):2165-2176. PMID: 33165621. [Original Work]
  4. Abrahamowicz AA, Counts CR, Danielson KR, Bulger NE, Maynard C, Carlbom DJ, Swenson ER, Latimer AJ, Yang B, Sayre MR, Johnson NJ. The Association Between Arterial-End-Tidal Carbon Dioxide Difference and Outcomes After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Resuscitation. 2022 Sep 29:S0300-9572(22)00676-1. PMID: 36183813. [Original work]
  5. Yang BY, Blackwood JE, Shin J, Guan S, Gao M, Jorgenson DB, Boehl JE, Sayre MR, Kudenchuk PJ, Rea TD, Kwok H, Johnson NJ. A pilot evaluation of respiratory mechanics during prehospital manual ventilation. Resuscitation. 2022 Jun 8:S0300-9572(22)00173-3. PMID: 35690127.  [Original work]

  6. Johnson NJ, Caldwell E, Carlbom DJ, Gaieski DF, Prekker ME, Rea TD, Sayre M, Hough CL. The acute respiratory distress syndrome after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: Incidence, risk factors, and outcomes. Resuscitation. 2019 Jan 14;135:37-44. PMID: 30654012. [Original Work]

See Dr. Johnson's Google Scholar Page.

For more information, please see ORCID profile.