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November 29, 2012

Klag Honored for Contributions in Preventive Medicine


Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been named the 2013 recipient of the James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine by the American College of Physicians. The award is named in honor of the late former governor, regent and president of the national medical organization. Klag was selected for his work and research in the prevention of cardiovascular and kidney disease and will receive the award during the American College of Physicians’ Convocation Ceremony on April 11, 2013, in San Francisco, California. 

Klag is an expert on the epidemiology and prevention of hypertension and cardiovascular and kidney disease. His work has led to a number of pioneering studies of kidney disease epidemiology, including the first study to assess the incidence of end-stage renal disease and to identify high blood pressure as a risk factor for the development of kidney failure. Klag’s robust body of research is credited with expanding our understanding of how characteristics in young adulthood influence health and disease later in life. Prior to assuming the role of dean at the Bloomberg School in 2005, he served as the David M. Levine Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and maintained joint appointments in the Bloomberg School's departments of Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management. Klag has held a number of leadership positions during his tenure with Johns Hopkins, including director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and vice dean for Clinical Investigation at the School of Medicine. A graduate of Juniata College, Klag earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. 

"I am incredibly honored to receive this recognition from the American College of Physicians and accept it on behalf of my many collaborators and colleagues," said Klag.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the U.S. A professional organization for internists, its members include internal medicine sub-specialists, and medical students, residents and fellows. Klag has been a member since 1997.

Media contact for Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Natalie Wood-Wright at 410-614-6029 or