True to the promise he made to himself as an undergraduate, Elijah Johnson ’00 has completed his medical and surgical training, and is committed to performing volunteer medical work in resource-poor nations. His first stop, in 2009, was in Kenya, the African nation where his father is also a surgeon.
A biology major with a chemistry minor, Elijah graduated from Washington College with honors and was offered multiple scholarships to attend medical school. He chose to study at George Washington University School of Medicine, graduating in 2004. After completing his training in general surgery at University of Nevada School of Medicine in 2009, Elijah headed to Kenya with a volunteer medical team. He hopes to make a trip to South America in the not-too-distant future.
As a general surgeon with Desert West Surgery in Las Vegas, Elijah works at several area hospitals, treating patients with issues ranging from abdominal pain to colon cancer.
Elijah always knew he wanted to be a surgeon, and used that goal to carefully plan his curriculum at Washington College. At his very first academic advising session with his premedical advisor, Professor Kate Verville outlined what he would need to do over the next four years to prepare for medical school. “I carried that handwritten schedule with me for the next four years,” he says.
Despite the intensity of his focus on medical school, Elijah enjoyed his experience at Washington College. He fondly recalls working in Miller Library, as a lab assistant, and as a tour guide. “I couldn’t have asked for better preparation for a career in medicine than what I received at Washington College.”