Kevin Klein, M.D.

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Management
  • Anesthesia for Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery


Kevin Wayne Klein, M.D., FASA, is a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pain Management and Otolaryngology. He specializes in anesthesia for otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. 

Dr. Klein earned his medical degree at UT Southwestern Medical School, where he also completed residencies in internal medicine and anesthesiology. He received subspecialty training in cardiovascular anesthesia at the Texas Heart Institute and St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston.

Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1986.

Dr. Klein’s research interests include ambulatory anesthesia, COX-2 inhibitors, difficult airway management, otolaryngology, and postoperative nausea and vomiting. He is the author of numerous articles, abstracts, and book chapters, and he has given invited lectures across Texas and the United States.

Dr. Klein is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Dallas County Medical Society, the Dallas County Anesthesiology Society, the International Anesthesia Research Society, the Society for Airway Management,
the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Texas Medical Association.

He was elected president of the Dallas County Medical Society for 2019.

In 2018, Dr. Klein received UT Southwestern’s Institutional Service Award.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1977-1981)
  • Internship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1981-1982), Straight Medicine
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1984-1986), Anesthesiology
  • Residency - St. Luke's Medical Center (1986-1986), Cardiovascular Anesthesiology
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1982-1984), Internal Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia
  • International Anesthesia Research Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Councilor
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2020-2021
  • Institutional Service Award – UT Southwestern 2018
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 1981, Honor Medical Society, UT Southwestern
  • Student Research Award 1980, Issued by the American Federation for Clinical Research
  • Summa Cum Laude 1978, Upon receiving medical degree, University of Notre Dame
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta 1977, Premedical Honor Society, University of Notre Dame
  • PONV
  • Otolaryngology
  • Difficult Airway Management
  • COX-2 inhibitors
  • Ambulatory anesthesia

Clinical Focus

  • Anesthesia for Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery

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