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Michael J. Klag

MICHAEL J. KLAG, MD, MPH, is the Second Century Distinguished Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He served as the tenth dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, from 2005 to 2017. In that role, he guided the School to unprecedented growth across a range of categories and continued to elevate it as a pacesetting institution of global influence and impact. He held numerous leadership positions including board Chair of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and chair of the NIH Advisory Board on Clinical Research. He serves on the board of a number not-for-profit organizations, including the David and Lucille Packard Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Prior to his appointment as Bloomberg School dean, Klag spent 21 years at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he was appointed the David M. Levine Professor of Medicine, and served in key clinical, administrative and research positions—including director of the Division of General Internal Medicine, interim chair of the Department of Medicine, and the first vice dean for Clinical Investigation. Klag’s scientific contributions have been in the prevention and epidemiology of kidney disease, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. From 1988 to 2011 Klag directed one of the longest running longitudinal studies in existence, the Precursors Study, which began in 1946. He is the author of over 200 publications and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Family Health Book.

Klag earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania and his MPH degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He has received numerous awards including an honorary doctorate from Juniata College and the James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine from the American College of Physicians in 2012.