Dr. Johanning has been with the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2001, serving VISN Chief Surgical Consultant since 2014 after being Medical Director of the VISN 23 Surgery/Specialty Care Service Line from 2012-2014. He served as the Chief of Surgery for VA Nebraska/Western Iowa HCS from 2008-2014. Dr. Johanning earned his undergraduate degree in psychology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and Doctor of Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical School. He completed a General Surgery Residency at Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals, and a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. His research and quality interests include peripheral arterial disease, frailty and palliative care, and he has published over 50 articles related to healthcare. His current focus is improving the quality of end of life surgical care for patients, families, providers and hospital systems.