Robert Davis Johnson has lived and worked all over the United States in the course of his career as a physiologist, fitness trainer, and marketing executive. His expertise in health promotion, cardiac equipment sales, and athletic training has taken him from La Jolla, California, to Charlotte, North Carolina, and from Boulder, Colorado, to Houston. He currently resides in Florida.
After earning a Master’s in Sport Exercise Physiology from the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University, Robert Davis Johnson worked for five years at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. Starting as a Staff Clinical Exercise Physiologist, he designed and activated cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs as well as a general adult fitness regimen. Such clients as the Mayo Clinic, the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Princess Cruises, and the Canyon Ranch resorts in Tucson, Arizona, and Lenox, Massachusetts, utilized his consulting services for their respective exercise programs. Later, as Director of Corporate Fitness and Health Promotion for Duke Energy Corporation, Johnson developed the first-ever exercise program for the energy industry.
As Chief Exercise Physiologist for The Houstonian in the early 1990s, Robert Davis Johnson served as personal trainer to President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush whenever they stayed in Houston. For six years, he owned Yankiwi Sport, LLC, a company that trained novice, experienced, and professional triathletes. He also sold cardiac, radiology, and cardiothoracic equipment and trained other sales personnel on behalf of ev3, Medtronic, Arterial Vascular Engineering, and Boston Scientific Corporation. All four companies regarded Johnson as a turnaround specialist who closed substantial deals with such customers as Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, and St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida.
Johnson recently served as a Research Assistant to Dr. Douglas Powell, Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. In that capacity, he contributed to Dr. Powell’s latest book, The Aging Intellect, published in 2011 by Routledge. Johnson also volunteered his services as coach for the Harvard University cycling team.