Daniel Klein, MD
Dr. Daniel Klein is recognized for the indispensable role he played in the transformation of HIV/AIDS from a mostly fatal disease to a chronic, manageable condition.
At the earliest stages of the epidemic, he was one of the first physicians committed to caring for HIV/AIDS patients, when it surely felt like fighting a losing battle. “It was the right thing to do,” he says about tackling one of medicine’s most vexing challenges.
Dr. Klein’s efforts contributed to KP’s stellar record in caring for HIV/AIDS patients. Early on, he championed the multi-disciplinary model of HIV care now in use throughout the Northern California region. He authored or co-authored numerous studies on HIV and AIDS and continues to conduct research on new therapeutic agents. Many of his studies significantly influenced HIV/AIDS clinical practice both at KP and in the larger medical community.
Since 1983, he has served as Chief, division of infectious diseases and HIV services at Hayward, and he was Chair of the Regional HIV Task Force from 1996-2007.
In 2010, the Infectious Diseases Society of America named him one of 95 distinguished physicians and scientists in the world, an honor reserved for those “who have achieved professional excellence and provided significant service to the profession.”