Vanessa Johnson, MD - ECHO Associates

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Vanessa Johnson, MD

Dr. Vanessa Johnson completed her medical training at Cornell University Medical College in 1995 and received her Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University School of Public Health the following year. She did her general medicine residency at Rhode Island Hospital/ Brown Medical School and remained there for a hematology/ oncology fellowship. She is board certified in several specialties, including internal medicine, hematology, oncology, and hospice and palliative medicine.

Dr. Johnson is highly regarded in the medical community. She served as a staff physician at Oncology & Hematology Associates, P.C. for ten years, and worked at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Waterford, Connecticut. In 2016, she joined Eastern Connecticut Hematology and Oncology Associates where she serves as a medical oncologist/ hematologist, as well as a specialist in palliative care. She is affiliated with Backus Hospital and Lawrence and Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Johnson has been published in the oncology field, especially on the topic of Palliative Care. She has lectured on the topic of end-of-life care.

At ECHO, Dr. Johnson spearheads efforts in palliative care, which is focused around optimizing quality of life and mitigating suffering for people with serious, complex illnesses. She works with a multidisciplinary team to compassionately work with patients and their families facing these difficult issues.

Dr. Johnson serves as local Associate Medical Director of Hospice through Hartford Healthcare. And, is board certified as a Hospice Medical Director.


Wellesley College:
Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences,
Wellesley, MA

Cornell University Medical College:
Doctor of Medicine
New York, NY

Columbia University School of Public Health:
Master of Public Health
New York, NY

Residency: General Internal Medicine
Rhode Island Hospital/Brown Medical School
Providence, RI

Fellowship: Hematology/Oncology
Brown Medical School
Providence, RI

Board Certification

Board Certified, Hospice Medical Director
Board Certified, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Board Certified, American Board of Oncology
Board Certified, American Board of Hematology
Board Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine

Connecticut Medical License
Rhode Island Medical License
Passed USMLE Parts I, II, and III 


Backus Hospital

Lawrence and Memorial Hospital

Clinical Area(s) of Expertise

Hospice and Palliative Care

Breast Cancer


American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Physicians