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November 16, 2001
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Hopkins Names Vice Dean For Clinical Investigation

Underscoring its enhanced commitment to excellence in clinical investigation and the safest possible conduct of human subjects research, Johns Hopkins Medicine has named Michael J. Klag, M.D., M.P.H., to the newly created position of vice dean for clinical investigation.

In the post, Klag, an internationally known expert on the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular and renal diseases, will oversee all studies involving human subjects. He also will work with Chi Van Dang, M.D., Ph.D., vice dean for research, to develop integrated programs for clinical investigation, ensuring that both biomedical basic science and patient-oriented research studies are held to the same high standards.

"Hopkins has always been committed to attaining and maintaining excellence," Dang says. "By promoting Mike to this important leadership role, we are working to establish the best possible system to protect those who participate in research."

Klag, who just completed a one-year tenure as interim chair for the Department of Medicine, is professor of medicine and serves as director of the Division of General Internal Medicine. He also directs the Precursors Study, a long-term project begun in 1946 that tracks the health of School of Medicine alumni by looking for risk factors and diagnostic markers. The study has yielded a number of scientific advances, including the understanding that depression early in life can lead to heart disease.

"Mike is an excellent clinician who has published well over 100 studies," says Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean and CEO of Hopkins Medicine. "I am confident that under his leadership we will fulfill our goal of being a worldwide role model for academic research."

Klag says clinical research needs dedicated advocacy at both an institutional and national level: "All of our constituencies, within and outside of Hopkins, need to be educated about the value and importance of clinical research and its conduct."
Klag is principal investigator of several National Institutes of Health-sponsored grants and is an active clinician and teacher. He was editor in chief of the Johns Hopkins Family Health Book, published in 1999.

A graduate of Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pa., and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed a residency in medicine and was chief resident at the State University of New York-Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y. Klag came to Hopkins in 1984 as an internal medicine fellow. In 1987 he earned a master's degree in public health from Hopkins.

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