Dr. van Klei is an internationally renowned expert and clinician-scientist specializing in cardiac anesthesiology and perioperative medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. He obtained his MSc at the Netherlands Institute for Health Science in Rotterdam and his PhD from the University of Utrecht. He completed his postgraduate anesthesia training at the University Medical Center Utrecht and clinical fellowships at the University of Ottawa and University Medical Center Utrecht. He was appointed as a staff anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology at University Medical Centre Utrecht and served as the chair of the department from 2013 to 2021. Dr. van Klei joined UHN in 2021 as the R. Fraser Elliott Chair in Cardiac Anesthesia.
Dr. van Klei is a specialist in perioperative medicine. His research interests focus on improving care for high-risk surgical patients, and involve collaborations with cardiologists, surgeons, clinical chemists, radiologists and epidemiologists. He is supervising several PhD students on clinical research projects in the field of cardiovascular perioperative medicine. Most projects aim to further unravel the etiology, detection and treatment of intraoperative hypotension and asymptomatic myocardial injury after surgery.