“Respect all patients and families in your care. Offer patience, empathy and education in a holistic manner to assist patients to their previous state of wellness.”

Board Certification

  • ANCC Acute Care Nurse Practitioner


  • Hospital Medicine
  • Cardiology


Graduate School

University of Texas Medical Branch
Acute Care NP Master’s Program/Doctor of Nursing Practice
Galveston, Texas
2000 & 2015

Undergraduate School

Galveston College & University of Texas Medical Branch
ADN and BSN Programs
Galveston, Texas
1974, 1990

Professional Associations

Galveston Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses
American Association of Heart Failure Nurses
Texas Nurse Practitioners
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties


Aoughsten, J., Johnson, S., Kuruvilla, M. & Bionat, S. (2015). The effect of the affordable care act on Medicare: Opportunities for advanced practice nursing. Nurse Leader, 13(3), 49-53.

Khalife, W., Nalabothu, P., Vivo, R., Garikipti, S., Johnson, S., Kislingbury, K. (2013). Higher Donor Body Mass Index Is Associated with Higher Risk of Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, (32(4). DOI: 10.1016/jhealun.2013.01.528

Academic Appointment

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing UTMB – 2017

Personal Interests

Gardening, reading, family & pets.