Gordon L. Klein, MD

Title: Senior Scientist, Adjunct Professor
Company: University of Texas Medical Branch – Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Location: Dickinson, Texas, United States

Gordon L. Klein, MD, Senior Scientist and adjunct professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical research and education.

Dr. Klein is a board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist and nutritionist and noted expert in bone health and musculoskeletal biology celebrating more than four decades of distinction in his field. Since 2018, he has been a Senior Scientist and adjunct professor of orthopedic surgery in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Driven by scientific curiosity and a desire to help others, he began his studies with a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in 1967, and completed postgraduate coursework at Cambridge University before earning his Doctor of Medicine in 1971 at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After an internship and residency in pediatric medicine at Stanford University and the International Center for Medical Research and Training in Colombia, Dr. Klein joined the United States Navy Medical Corps, serving proudly to the rank of Lieutenant Commander between 1973 and 1976. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy, Dr. Klein completed postdoctoral fellowships in pediatric nutrition and pediatric gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, UCLA, and the Nutrition Research Institute in Lima, Peru.

In 1980, Dr. Klein was awarded a Master of Public Health degree and accepted an adjunct assistant professor position at UCLA, departing in 1982 to become an assistant professor of pediatrics at Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans. Between 1984 and 1986, Dr. Klein worked in the department of pediatric gastroenterology at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California. He joined the staff at the University of Texas Medical Branch the same year, serving as an associate professor of pediatrics and preventive medicine until 1995, when he was made a full professor of pediatrics.

In 2010, after a brief tenure as the director of pediatric nutrition at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Kentucky Pediatric Research Institute, Dr. Klein returned to the University of Texas Medical Branch, spending nearly a decade as a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery and a member of the scientific staff at Shriners Burns Hospital before moving into his current position. Regarded as one of the foremost experts in his specialty, Dr. Klein has helped identify aluminum toxicity to bone and liver and has extensively documented the process of and numerous therapies for the treatment of bone loss following burn injury. Among other policy innovations, he was instrumental in the development of the National Institutes of Health and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research’s Pediatric Bone Disease Initiative. Dr. Klein has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and recognitions for his contributions to science, and continues to innovate as both a researcher and an educator.


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