Jonathan D. Klein, MD, MPH is professor of pediatrics with tenure and executive vice head of the department of pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine. He is a pediatrician and a specialist in adolescent medicine and a health-services researcher known for his leadership and contributions to child and adolescent health. He is globally recognized for his expertise and scholarship in access and quality of care for adolescents, tobacco control, and for translation of preventive services research into practice and policy. He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017, and was appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in March, 2020.
Dr. Klein graduated from Brandeis University, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health. He was chief resident in pediatrics at the Floating Hospital, New England Medical Center and was a fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UNC Chapel Hill. He served on the faculty at the University of Rochester School of Medicine from 1992-2009.
From 2009-2017, Dr. Klein was associate executive director at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He was founding chair of the AAP Tobacco Consortium for its Center for Child Health Research. He designed and obtained funding for the AAP Julius B. Richmond Center where he was founding director and PI from 2009-2017, and continues to serve as its scientific director. The Richmond Center, named for UIC graduate and former surgeon general Julius B. Richmond and funded by the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute, is dedicated to protecting children from tobacco and secondhand smoke.
Dr. Klein has served as founding chair of the Resident Section and chair of the Committee on Adolescence for AAP; as chair of NCD Child, a global advocacy coalition for inclusion of children and youth in the United Nations Non-communicable Disease (NCD) and Sustainable Development Goals; on the Association of Medical School Department Chairs in Pediatrics Pediatric Scientist Development Program Steering Committee; and as a member of the US Preventive Services Task Force. He currently serves as a member of the Leadership Committee for the American Pediatric Society, as an elected member of the Executive Committee and Standing Committee of the International Pediatric Association, and as North American Vice President for the International Association for Adolescent Health.