Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates, PLLC (MEMA) is pleased to welcome Dr. David Johnson to our practice family!

Dr. Johnson will continue the MEMA tradition of delivering exceptional emergency service and care for our partners. We sat down with David and asked him a few questions.


Why did you decide to become a physician?

I considered med school as a youngster but ended up becoming an EMT/paramedic instead. While serving as an EMT, I got to know several emergency room doctors who showed me the beauty of Emergency Medicine. I quickly knew this was the career path for me and decided to go back to school to further my knowledge to take care of the patients I was dropping off.


Why did you choose Emergency Medicine as your specialty?

Even as an EMT, I always enjoyed working in EMS. I enjoyed seeing young and old, male and female and multiple different types of problems and case scenarios. It keeps me on my feet and my thinking sharp, I am meant for this field of practice and think I would go a little stir crazy if I focused on a single specialty.


Why did you choose to practice with MEMA?

My entire career spans working with large staffing groups, and I was looking for a change to an independent practice. One day, I reconnected with Paige Sokolsky, MD and she could not stop raving about MEMA, how great this group is and that I should consider joining the practice. I thought about it and talked with other clinicians and heard the same thing about MEMA. They made a choice easy for me, and I started on May 1, 2019.


Have you received any awards been recognized from your peers? Is so, can you tell us a bit about it?

During my residency at Stanford University / Kaiser Permanente, I won the annual MVP award by Stanford department staff and faculty. At my previous position with Atrium Health (Pineville), I won the physician of the year in 2014, as well as a quarterly distinction award in 2016. These awards are most humbling because they are selected by hospital staff (nurses, techs, ED management).


What about Charlotte excites you?

We moved here in 2012 for my Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center (now Atrium Health). Coming from Northern California, my wife and I fell in love with Charlotte immediately. This city has the feel of a smaller town but with big city access to restaurants, entertainment, and go just about anywhere from Charlotte Douglas airport. I enjoy that Charlotte is full of transplants, it gives me an opportunity to meet people from all over the world! Also, it doesn’t hurt that Charlotte and North Carolina, in general, has a great beer scene!