Dr. Marshall Klaus [July 7, 1927 – August 15, 2017]
Sadly, Dr. Marshall H. Klaus, MD has died. He was an internationally known neonatologist and researcher, and was the author or coauthor of several standard works in the field. He wrote Bonding, Care of the High-Risk Newborn, and Mothering the Mother. He taught pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.
Dr. Klaus had exceptional influence as researcher, professor of pediatrics in American medical schools, visiting professor in Chile and Australia, recipient of many awards, and author of books translated into Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, Danish, Swedish, and Japanese. With his long-time colleague, pediatrician John Kennell, Marshall made "bonding" a household word.
A pioneer in neonatology, Marshall did the original work in isolating and identifying the surfactant critical to early respiration, a breakthrough that led to life-saving clinical application in nurseries everywhere. He took the lead in opening the premature nursery to parents and has been a leader in the humane care of mothers and babies, including support for parents dealing with the death of a baby.
Dr. Klaus held a succession of key academic and clinical positions including: Director of Intensive Care Nurseries and the Clinical Research Center for Preterm Infants at Stanford University in California; Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI; and Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western University, and Director of Premature and Newborn Nurseries in Cleveland, Ohio. During his long career, he trained over 35 Fellows in Neonatology, many of whom are now leaders in research and directors of newborn units worldwide.
Dr. Klaus wrote the first text in Neonatology, now in its 5th edition, and for the past decade has been Editor of the Yearbook in Perinatal, Neonatal Medicine, a chronicle of leading research developments. His intense involvement with mothers and babies has flowered in an impressive series of research projects proving the importance--and urgency--of the early relationship of mothers with babies.
In both highly technical and popular books, Dr. Klaus guided a generation of professionals and parents to better understand the importance of continuous social and emotional support for women and their partners throughout labor, birth and early post-partum. His work prompted him to collaborate with Dr. John Kennell, Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus to form the now famous Doula’s of North America International (DONA). His recent books emphasize and share statistical proof concerning the profound advantages of having a Doula present for hospital birth. In his last three books, he collaborated with his psychologist wife Phyllis Klaus, past APPPAH board member. Perhaps their most popular book to date is The Amazing Newborn (1985) published by Adison-Wesley, available in seven languages.
Marshall was recently affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco. He traveled extensively lecturing, conducting research, and consulting with hospitals the world over. He presence and insight will be deeply missed. We extend our condolences to Phyllis and the Klaus family.