Dr. Johnston is a neurosurgeon and the director of the Concussion Program at the McGill Sports Medicine Clinic in Montreal and was named the 2005 winner of the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Award .
Dr. Johnston is also a principal investigator in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University Health Centre, and is heavily involved in many concussion research projects.
“The Pashby Award is the Stanley Cup of sports medicine.” – Dr. Karen Johnston
Her expertise is recognized internationally in the field of athletic concussions. She is currently working with the ThinkFirst Foundation to facilitate and enhance the education and awareness of health care practitioners and the general public about concussion diagnosis, treatment and management. This includes a public education road show traveling across Canada as mentioned in the May 16/05 time magazine story on Dr. Johnston.
Dr. Johnston was the unanimous selection of the Pashby Award Committee and Advisory Committee composed of Therese Brisson, Murray Costello, Ken Dryden, Richard Garneau, Russ Jackson, Kerrin Lee-Gartner and Brian Williams.