Michael Klaper
Portrait photo of Dr Michael Klaper speaking into microphone
Klaper in 2019
Michael Anthony Klaper

(1947-07-19) July 19, 1947 (age 76)
EducationUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine, 1972 (Zoology, Psychology, Astronomy)
OccupationMedical doctor
Known forVeganism
SpouseAlese Jones[2]
Relativesparents: David Klaper, DDS (father); Jean T. Klaper(mother); Robert D. Klaper (brother); Cynthia Lee Pararo (ex-wife); Alese Jones (wife since April 8, 2014)
Medical career
ProfessionFamily medicine[1]
InstitutionsInstitute for Nutrition Research and Education, NASA, True North Health Center, Santa Rosa Medical Center
Sub-specialtiesnutritional medicine, lifestyle medicine, veganism
Researchnutritional medicine, vegan nutrition

Michael A. Klaper (July 19, 1947) is an American physician, vegan health educator, conference and event speaker, and an author of articles and books of vegan medical advice. Graduating from medical school in 1972, Klaper became a vegan ten years later and subsequently became active in the area, publishing three books advocating veganism and serving as a founding director of the Institute of Nutrition Education and Research.

Early life and education

Klaper was born July 19, 1947, to Chicago South Side dentist, David T. Klaper, DDS,[3] and Jean T. Klaper (formerly of Boca Raton, Florida).[4] Klaper had an older brother, Robert D. Klaper, who died in 1992 at the age of 49.[5] By his own report, Klaper grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin.[6][better source needed] In 1972, Klaper graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and served his medical internship in Canada at Vancouver General Hospital with the University of British Columbia. He also studied obstetrics at the University of California, San Francisco.[7]

His three books were authored during his time with Gentle World in Umatilla, Florida.

In 1987 Klaper appeared on the game show Jeopardy! and won $11,000.[8]


After graduating from medical school Klaper moved among a number of locations, practiced acute care medicine, and eventually became certified in urgent care medicine. He became a vegan in 1981.[9] He is a medical consultant for the North American Vegetarian Society[10] and has spoken at their Vegetarian Summerfest in 2012[11] and 2018.[12] Klaper has spoken at several other national and international vegan, vegetarian, and natural health conferences and events.[13][14][15]

He served as director of a vegan health spa in Pompano Beach, Florida, from the early 1990s and was featured on the 1991 PBS documentary Diet for a New America (film), based on the book of the same name by John Robbins.[16] In 1988, Klaper was a NASA nutrition adviser and on vegan diets for long term space colonists.[7]

He also served on the Nutrition and Preventive Medicine Task Force of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA)[7], where he was a member of its Board of Advisors. He cofounded with John Robbins the environmental organization EarthSave International and served as its Scientific Director. He was a Founding Director of the Institute of Nutrition Education and Research.[7][17]

Klaper maintained a medical practice in Maui, Hawaii, between 1995 and 2006, and practiced medicine in Whangārei, New Zealand between 2006 and 2009.[9] In 2009, he relocated to Northern California, where as of 2011 he became staff physician and medical consultant at the nutritionally-based TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa,[18][19] where he is now on the board of directors of the TrueNorth Health Foundation.[20] He is licensed to practice medicine in California and Hawaii and now is affiliated with the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.[21]

His books include Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple and Pregnancy, Children, and the Vegan Diet. He has appeared in several films related to vegan diet and practice, including Eat This! (2005), Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014), and What the Health (2017).[22]

Klaper is on the advisory board, and regular contributor to the quarterly publication Naked Food Magazine.[23]

In the summer of 1992, he was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame of the North American Vegetarian Society.[24]



Republished in German in 2007 as Viva vegan für Mutter und Kind: gesunde vegetarische Ernährung während Schwangerschaft und Kindheit, Publisher: Animal-Peace-Verlag, 2007; ISBN 3981173805, 9783981173802; 134 pages.[26]

Forewords in books, including

The author of the 1990 cookbook is Gentle World, and the Foreword was written by Klaper.[27]

Various journal articles, including:


See also


  1. ^ "Dr. Michael Klaper, MD – Santa Rosa, CA | Family Medicine". Doximity.com. Archived from the original on October 23, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  2. ^ Holistic Holiday at Sea: Alese Jones. A Taste of Health, accessed July 19, 2018
  3. ^ "Obituary Dr. David Klaper". the Chicago Tribune. July 23, 1988. Archived from the original on July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Jean Klaper Obituary". Chicago Tribune. January 8, 2001. Section 2, page 6. Archived from the original on August 30, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "Obituaries, Robert D Klaper" (Suburban ed.). Chicago: the Daily Herald. September 18, 1992. Section 5, page 2. Retrieved August 25, 2018 – via newspaperarchive.com.
  6. ^ Shurtleff W, Aoyagi A. History of Soy Ice Cream and Other Non-Dairy Frozen Desserts (1899-2013), page 470, entry 1337. Soyinfo Center, Oct 18, 2013. 782 pages
  7. ^ a b c d "Nutritional researcher to speak at NIU". Vol. 120, no. 203. De Kalb, IL: the Daily Chronicle. September 29, 1999. p. 9. Archived from the original on August 25, 2018. Retrieved August 25, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "No Way Tampa Bay". Orlando Sentinel. August 12, 1987. Lake section, page 1. Archived from the original on August 8, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  9. ^ a b Harris, Sarah (November 17, 2017). "Vegan Dr Michael Klaper shares diet advice for Nutrition in Healthcare Symposium". nzherald.co.nz. Archived from the original on July 19, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "Plant based prevention of disease annual national conference, Dr. Michael A. Klaper". preventionofdisease.org. 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "Vegetarian Summerfest Program 2012, Speakers" (PDF). navs-online.org. 2012. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Vegetarian Summerfest, Speakers 2018". navs-online.org. 2018. Archived from the original on August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  13. ^ Events and appearances, by years, of Dr. Klaper
  14. ^ "Veganism at the International Vegetarian Union (IVU) World Congress". vegansociety.com. Archived from the original on July 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "Speakers. 8th International Vegan Festival, August 1995, San Diego, CA". ivu.org. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  16. ^ Kahlenberg, Richard (September 5, 1991). "Green Gospel". Los Angeles Times (Ventura County ed.). J14. Archived from the original on August 30, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  17. ^ Michael Klaper - NPI Profile
  18. ^ "Famed Vegan MD Michael Klaper Moves Practice to California". Vegsource.com. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  19. ^ "The Doctors at TrueNorth Health Center". TrueNorth Health Center. Archived from the original on June 15, 2012.
  20. ^ "About the Foundation", TrueNorth Health Foundation. Accessed October 24, 2019
  21. ^ NPI listing of Dr. Michael Anthony Klaper
  22. ^ "Michael Klaper - IMDb". imdb.comaccess-date=September 4, 2018. Archived from the original on September 3, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  23. ^ "Our Advisory Board". nakedfoodmagazine.com. Archived from the original on September 3, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  24. ^ "Vegetarian Hall of Fame". North American Vegetarian Society. NAVS. Archived from the original on April 13, 2019. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  25. ^ AVS synopsis of Pregnancy, Children, and the Vegan Diet
  26. ^ An earlier informal version (without cover) was published in June 1988 by Gentle World Incorporated, Umatilla, Florida, originally through Pennsylvania State University - in 1987
  27. ^ Amazon.com listing for The Cookbook for People Who Love Animals, Accessed July 15, 2019