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Welch Center's Michael Klag Becomes Dean of School of Public Health

The Welch Center's Michael J. Klag, an internationally known expert on the epidemiology and prevention of heart and kidney disease and a Johns Hopkins faculty member since 1987, has been appointed dean of the university’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Klag, a physician who earned his master of public health degree from the school in 1987, succeeded Dean Alfred Sommer on Sept. 1. Sommer, the dean since 1990, remains active in research and in programs to improve global health and prevent blindness.

 “Dr. Klag is the right leader to write a new chapter in the history of the world’s oldest, largest and most prominent school of public health,” said William R. Brody, president of the university, who recommended Klag’s appointment to the executive committee of the board of trustees.

“His command of national and global issues of public health, his passionate commitment to public health education and his collaborative spirit make him ideally suited to build on the extraordinary work of his predecessors, Al Sommer and D.A. Henderson,” Brody said. “He will outline a vision for global leadership in public health and ensure that the school’s faculty and students have the resources needed to execute that vision.”

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