Caroline M. Klein, MD, PhD

Class Year




Posted on: May 23, 2017

Caroline Marie Klein, MD, PhD, of Chapel Hill, NC, age 56, passed away on April 27, 2017, at the Hospice Home in Burlington, NC, following a courageous six-year battle with cancer.

Dr. Klein was born on August 5, 1960, in Rochester, NH, to the late Grover Hugh Klein and Sara Elizabeth Edwards Klein. A native of Asheville, NC, she received her BA degree [Medieval-Renaissance Studies & Physiology (dual major)] from Duke University, her PhD [Anatomy and Cell Biology] from East Carolina University in 1988 and her MD degree from UT-Galveston in 1994 with AOA honors. In addition, she was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Dept. of Neurobiology at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. She received her neurological training at the University of Virginia (1995 – 1998) and then did three fellowships at Mayo Clinic – Rochester in peripheral nerve, EMG, and Clinical Autonomic Research before joining the Neuromuscular Section of the Department of Neurology at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. In 2003 she joined the Neuromuscular Section of the Department of Neurology at UNC-Chapel Hill to direct and build the neuropathy and autonomic programs. She retired due to her illness a few years ago. She was an active member of numerous neurological related organizations, participated in peer review for several medical journals, and served as a member of the editorial board of Neurology. Dr. Klein also authored or co-authored many scholarly peer-reviewed publications related to her extensive research throughout the years. As was so aptly stated by a colleague, she was a “neurologist’s neurologist with every ‘i’ dotted and every ‘t’ crossed”. Her patients adored her and it will never be known how many lives she has touched through her practice of medicine as well as teaching and mentoring students and residents.

Dr. Klein attended the Gathering Church of Durham, NC, and was a part of the Women’s Bible Study group that met weekly, though in recent months she was unable to attend because of her health. She loved animals (especially cats), going to the beach, spending time with her family, reading, and Duke University basketball.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Dr. Klein’s favorite charity, Safe Haven for Cats, of Raleigh, NC.