Henry Gray Distinguished Educator Award
Robert M. Klein, PhD, FAAA, or the University of Kansas Medical Center was recognized with the Henry Gray Distinguished Educator Award.
Robert M. Klein, PhD, FAAA, of the University of Kansas School of Medicine is Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and Chancellor's Club Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology.
For 45 years, Dr. Klein's students have recognized his passionate, student-oriented approach to preclinical curriculum. Said a colleague, "For me, his enthusiasm and skill in linking the science and art of medicine was instrumental in sparking my interest in academic medicine as a career."
Dr. Klein's leadership was essential in changing KU's curriculum and in successful accreditation visits. In addition to administration, he remains an active educator and facilitator for small-group, case-based, collaborative learning sessions. Remarked Klein, "I work to guide students to become life-long learners - a requirement of future physicians."
Dr. Klein is a leader in the use of virtual microscopy for medical education, as well as in organizing national and international events advancing the teaching of anatomy, histology. and embryology. He co-authored two books and published numerous papers on advances in medical education.
An AAA member since 1977, Dr. Klein served on the Educational Affairs Committee and, in 2015, was recognized as a Fellow. He has been named a Charter Member of the Academy of Medical Educators and an Honorary Alumnus of the KU School of Medicine, and he has been recognized with numerous teaching awards including the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award and the International Association of Medical Science Educators Master Teacher Award.