A medical professional with specialist accreditation in the European Union and the United States, Bankole Johnson serves the University of Virginia as professor of medicine, professor of neuroscience, alumni professor, and chairman in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. In his leadership role, he manages and develops a department comprising 125 faculty and affiliated faculty. Further, Bankole Johnson recruits new talent into the department pursuant to the school’s tradition of excellence.
A professionally engaged practitioner, Bankole Johnson holds the distinguished fellow status with the American Psychiatric Association, from which he received the Solomon Carter Fuller Award in 2009. He also holds the fellow status with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Further, he has been ranked among the Best Doctors in the United Kingdom since 1991.
Bankole Johnson participated in research that discovered topiramate effectively treats alcoholism. The discovery could potentially lead to new pharmacological applications for alcoholism. He focuses his research on understanding bio-behavioral mechanisms as they related to brain disorders and addiction.