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Joshua P. Klein, MD, PhD
29 January 2013 (online)
The Guest Editor of this issue of Seminars in Neurology is Joshua P. Klein, MD, PhD. Dr. Klein is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Hospital Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Born and raised in New York, Dr. Klein graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied biology and music theory. He then enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) at Yale University School of Medicine. His graduate work in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen G. Waxman focused on activity-dependent modulation of neuronal sodium channel expression. He received the Yale MD/PhD Thesis Prize for the most outstanding dissertation of the graduating class. He was also selected as an International Student Delegate of the Academy of Achievement, a prestigious award recognizing young leaders from around the world in all fields of study.
Dr. Klein came to Harvard Medical School for neurology residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He was selected to serve as Chief Resident in his final year of residency. During his training, Dr. Klein developed a keen interest and skill in neuroimaging and designed and completed a unique fellowship in Diagnostic Neuroradiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is board certified in Neuroimaging by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS).
Dr. Klein divides his clinical time between attending on the inpatient neurology ward and consult services, and interpreting neuroimaging studies. His particular interest in inpatient neurology led to the founding in 2011 of the Division of Hospital Neurology within the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, which Dr. Klein was chosen to lead as Division Chief. Dr. Klein has distinguished himself as an outstanding diagnostician and clinician and consistently receives the highest evaluations from residents, students, and patients alike. He was selected as the 2012 Neurology Faculty Teacher of the Year at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Klein has been an Instructor in the Neuroanatomy Laboratories at Harvard Medical School for the past 6 years, and in 2009 received the Dr. Edison H. and Sallie Y. Miyawaki Faculty Teaching Award. He is a member of The Academy at Harvard Medical School and is on the Neuroimaging Exam Committee of the UCNS, the RITE Exam Advisory Panel of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), as well as the Fellowship Training and Certification Committee of the American Society of Neuroimaging (ASN). He lectures frequently within the Boston area and nationally on a broad range of topics in diagnostic neuroimaging and hospital neurology.
His dedication to interdisciplinary teaching and clinical process improvement are evident in his administrative roles as Associate Director of the Integrated Clerkship in Neurology and Director of Performance Improvement for Neurology, both at Brigham and Women's Hospital. In addition to many research and clinical publications, Dr. Klein authored a chapter for the American College of Physicians (ACP) Medicine textbook, entitled “Neuroimaging for the Clinician,” and with his clinical mentors, Drs. Allan H. Ropper and Martin A. Samuels, is co-authoring the 10th edition of Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology.
I asked Dr. Klein to be the Guest Editor of this issue of Seminars in Neurology because of his reputation as a superb clinician and educator and for his innovative approach to bridging clinical neurology and diagnostic neuroimaging. We are grateful to Dr. Klein and to all of the contributors to this issue of Seminars in Neurology for the work they do to advance our understanding of neuroimaging in the care of patients and for sharing their expertise with us.