Dawn Kleindorfer, MD

University of Michigan

Dawn Kleindorfer, MD, is currently the Robert W. Brear Professor and Department Chair of Neurology at the University of Michigan, since May 1st of 2020.  Previously she had been the Vascular Neurology Division Director in the Department of Neurology and Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Women’s Initiatives at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  She completed her medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and her neurology residency training at the University of Michigan where she was named chief resident.  She then completed her fellowship in vascular neurology at the University of Cincinnati, where she remained until March of 2020.  In her department chair position, she is active in the clinical care of stroke patients, teaching of students, residents and fellows, clinical research, and department administration.  Her research interests include health disparities in stroke with regards to race, socioeconomic status and gender, epidemiology and public awareness of stroke, stroke prevention clinical trials, and acute stroke care treatment utilization. 

Dr. Kleindorfer has been presented several clinical research grant awards, including the Hazel K. Goddess Stroke Research for Women Scholarship for an innovative project to educate African American women, the “Beautyshop Project”, as well as awards from the National Institutes of Health, the National Stroke Association, and the Centers for Disease Control.  She is an author on 208 peer-reviewed publications and over 250 abstract presentations to national scientific conferences.  She was awarded the Derek Denny-Brown Neurological Clinical Scholar Award by the American Neurological Association for outstanding clinical research in 2012, received the UC Faculty Teacher of the Year Award from our neurology residents, was awarded the International Stroke Research Mentoring Award from the American Heart Association in 2018, and is the current chair of the AHA Secondary Prevention of Stroke guidelines.