Charles J. Krause, MD

Date of Passing: February 7, 2013

Dr. Krause was elected as an Active Fellow in the ALA in 1979 and elevated to Emeritus status in 2004. On Feb. 7, 2013, the U-M community and the field of otolaryngology lost one of its greatest leaders, Charles J. Krause, M.D. At age 75years, Dr. Krause passed away in Florida, surrounded by his family.

He earned his medical degree in 1962 from what was then known as the State University of Iowa, now known as the University of Iowa. After completing his otolaryngology residency there, he joined the Iowa faculty.

Dr. Krause served as chair of the U-M Medical School’s Department of Otolaryngology from 1977, when he was recruited to Michigan, until 1992. He remained active on the faculty until 2000, and served in leadership positions in the Hospitals and Health Centers and Medical School. He was founding president of M-CARE, the health plan formerly owned by U-M.

Once at Michigan, Krause helped transform the department, including introducing specialty divisions into the faculty members’ academic physician practice; recruiting new faculty; improving the clinical facilities where ear, nose and throat care was provided; and bolstering basic research and residency training.

In addition to his role as department chair, he served U-M as the chief of clinical affairs, senior associate dean at the Medical School and senior associate hospital director. He led the development of M-CARE, a health plan launched by U-M in 1986, and served as its first president. He directed strategic planning for U-M’s first satellite health care facilities off the main medical campus.

On a national level, Krause served as president of organizations such as the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Society of Head and Neck Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Submitted by

Robert H. Ossoff, DMD, MD Historian