Gordon L. Klein, MD

Gordon Klein

Title: Senior Scientist, Adjunct Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Company: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Location: Galveston, Texas, United States

Gordon L. Klein, MD, Senior Scientist and Adjunct Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in orthopaedic surgery and higher education.

Drawing upon more than 45 years of professional experience, Dr. Klein is a celebrated and accomplished educator. His training focused on pediatrics and gastroenterology, though his research has been in musculoskeletal biology and bone disease. He was initially hired by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston’s department of orthopaedic surgery on a research basis. Dr. Klein has been working as a senior scientist and adjunct professor in orthopaedic surgery at the institution since 2018, having formerly served as a clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery from 2010 to 2018. While in this role, he began a clinical program in bone health designed to detect and treat osteoporosis in patients referred to the department with fragility fractures.

Alongside this illustrious role, he has been a member of the science staff at Shriners Hospital for Children since 2010. Throughout his career, he has served such prestigious institutions as the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, the Kentucky Pediatrics Research Institute, the Tulane University Medical School, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Johns Hopkins University Medical School, among others. Named an overseas fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in London, England, in 2017, he previously served as a nutrition program fellow with Project HOPE in Nicaragua in 1992.

To prepare for his career, Dr. Klein pursued formal education at Columbia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1967. Completing postgraduate coursework at Cambridge University from 1970 to 1971, he received a Doctor of Medicine from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1971. Thereafter, he obtained a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1980. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the Stanford University Medical Center from 1971 to 1974, as well as an additional internship and residency in pediatrics at the International Center for Medical Research and Training in Colombia in 1973. Subsequently, he attended Johns Hopkins University Medical School, where he pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric nutrition from 1976 to 1978, and the University of California, Los Angeles, where he pursued an additional postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology from 1978 to 1980. He has been certified in pediatrics, gastroenterology and nutrition by the American Board of Pediatrics since 1990.

Dr. Klein aided in the development of the Pediatric Bone Disease Initiative with the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and the National Institutes of Health, as well as the development of the FDA rule governing aluminum contamination of intravenous solutions used for nutrition of hospitalized patients. He has researched the characterization of bone loss following burn injuries, including abnormalities in vitamin D, calcium and parathyroid hormones. In addition to this research, he serves on the resident research committee at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where he helps trainees in orthopaedic surgery design and interpret research data as part of their required research projects. Dr. Klein also gives occasional basic science lectures to the trainees and faculty.

For his efforts in the field, Dr. Klein has been honored with the National Research Service Award from 1979 to 1980 and was named a Clinical Associate Physician by the National Institutes of Health from 1980 to 1982. He was also the recipient of fellowships from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Gastroenterologist Association. Notably, he has been selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.

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