Royal Caribbean Hires Chief Medical Officer

The Royal Caribbean Group has appointed Dr. Calvin Johnson hired as Global Head, Public Health and Chief Medical Officer. This new role was created to direct the cruise company’s global health and wellness policy, manage its public health and clinical practice, and define the strategic plans and operations of its global health organization.

Johnson will also be working with the Healthy Sail Panel, put together in response to COVID-19, to ensure the company is creating and implementing its protocols and recommendations.

Dr. Johnson’s background is in protecting public health through innovation in service delivery, policy development and analysis, and leadership training and development. He has led significant response efforts to active infectious disease outbreaks and was responsible for ensuring all aspects of patient care while overseeing a clinical operation involving 1,300 caregivers and more than 300,000 people.

Dr. Johnson, most recently a Principal at Altre Strategic Solutions Group, is the former Chief Medical Officer of Corizon Health, then the largest provider of preventive healthcare in the United States, and of the Temple University healthcare system. From 2003 to 2008 he was Secretary of Health of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and from 1998 to 1999 Medical Director of the New York Department of Health. He received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a Masters of Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in Chemistry from Morehouse College.

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

The Healthy Sail Panel is comprised of public health, biosecurity, epidemiology, hospitality and maritime operations leaders whose insights and recommendations will help advance Royal Caribbean’s journey to strengthen current health and safety practices and new ones Procedures for the entire cruise to create experience as the operator moves toward returning to cruising. Royal Caribbean intends to share this effort with the cruise industry and other industries that could benefit from the panel’s findings.