Dr. Michael C. Klein MD, CM, CCFP, FCFP, FAAP, FCPS

Cluster Member

Emeritus Professor, Family Practice (UBC), Senior Scientist Emeritus (Child and Family Research Institute in Vancouver)

Michael C. Klein, MD, CM, CCFP, FCFP, FAAP (neonatal/perinatal), FCPS, Emeritus Professor of Family Practice UBC, and Senior Scientist Emeritus Child and Family Research Institute in Vancouver. As a researcher, he is best known for his landmark study of episiotomy, demonstrating that it caused the very trauma that it was supposed to prevent, credited with contributing to a large drop in episiotomy use and a concurrent fall in maternal birth trauma. He teaches at UBC in family practice and midwifery and is a long-time member of the editorial board of Birth. 35 years ago he founded and remains listmaster of the Maternity Care Discussion Group (MCDG), the only multidisciplinary maternity discussion forum worldwide.

Awards: Order of Canada, Lifetime Contributions to Primary Care Research from North American Primary Care Research Group, CFPC Family Medicine Researcher of the Year, Founders Award from DONA (Doula) International, Annual Research Award from Lamaze International, CFPC Lifetime Achievement in Family Medicine Research. CFPC Award as one of the Top 20 Pioneers in Family Practice Research.

He and his wife, Bonnie, emigrated from the US to Canada in 1967 because he refused to be a military physician during the Vietnam War. His son, Seth, and daughter, Naomi, were born, raised and work in Canada as climate activists. Bonnie is a filmmaker, writer and disability rights activist.

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