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Michael J. Klag

Dean Emeritus and Second Century Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Michael J. Klag, an internist and epidemiologist, served as the tenth dean of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 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. Dr. Klag has held numerous external leadership positions and serves on the boards of other not-for-profit organizations, including the David and Lucille Packard Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Prior to his appointment as Bloomberg School dean, Dr. Klag spent 21 years at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His scientific contributions have been in the prevention and epidemiology of kidney disease, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. From 1988 to 2011 he directed one of the longest-running longitudinal studies in existence, the Precursors Study, which began in 1946. He is the author of more than 200 publications and was editor-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Family Health Book.

Dr. Klag earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.P.H. degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.