Royal Caribbean Group Creates New Corporate Health Role

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Royal Caribbean Group has announced a new role within their corporate team, the Global Head, Public Health and Chief Medical Officer.

The cruise company has named Dr. Calvin Johnson to this new position. In this role, Dr. Johnson will lead the company’s global health and wellness policy, manage its public health and clinical practice, and determine the strategic plans and operations of its global healthcare organization. Additionally, he will collaborate with the Healthy Sail Panel to ensure the company establishes and implements its protocols and recommendations.

“Calvin’s extensive experience in public health and clinical care will help us raise the bar on protecting the health of our guests, crew and the communities we serve,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group. “Calvin will also work closely with the newly announced Healthy Sail Panel to ensure we establish and implement leading health protocols and procedures.” 

Dr. Johnson has a strong background in protecting public health through policy development and analysis, service delivery innovation, and leadership training and development. He has led significant response efforts during active infectious disease outbreaks, and was responsible for ensuring all aspects of patient care while overseeing a clinical operation with 1,300 caregivers and over 300,000 individuals. 

“Royal Caribbean Group is committed to going beyond requirements to truly innovative solutions,” said Johnson. “I am excited to join the industry leader, who is clearly establishing the way forward in managing public health initiatives and protecting health and safety. The Healthy Sail Panel is doing critical work to help us develop enhanced standards, and achieve readiness for the return to service, and I am looking forward to being involved in that work.”

Dr. Johnson was most recently Principal at Altre Strategic Solutions Group and is the former Chief Medical Officer for Corizon Health (then the largest provider of correctional health in the US) and Temple University Health System. He served as Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 2003-2008 and was Medical Director for the New York City Department of Health from 1998-1999. Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a BS in Chemistry from Morehouse College.

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