Speaker Biography
David L. Katz, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Public Health
Yale University School of Medicine
 
David L. Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP is a nationally renowned authority on nutrition, weight control, and the prevention of chronic disease.

He is an Associate Professor of Public Health, and formerly the Director of Medical Studies in Public Health, at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Katz directs the Yale Prevention Research Center which he co-founded in 1998. As director of this clinical research laboratory dedicated to chronic disease prevention, Dr. Katz has served as Principal Investigator for numerous community and clinical trial, and has acquired and managed approximately $15million in research funds. In July of 2005, he became the Associate Director for Nutrition Science of the newly established Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University.

Dr. Katz earned his BA from Dartmouth College, his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health. In 2000, he founded, and directs, the Integrative Medicine Center in Derby, CT, a unique facility in which conventionally trained and naturopathic physicians work collaboratively to provide patients with evidence-based, holistic care. This model program has been described in published papers, and presented at professional conferences around the United States.

Katz has published over 80 scientific articles; innumerable abstracts, chapters, newsletter articles, essays, poems, and health columns; and 8 books to date. Among these are a nutrition textbook for clinicians ("Nutrition in Clinical Practice," Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001), used widely in medial education including at the Harvard School of Medicine, and “The Way to Eat” (www.thewaytoeat.net), which details skills and strategies needed for lasting weight control and healthful eating. He has begun work on the second edition of his nutrition textbook (under contract to Lippincott Williams & Wilkins), the 3rd edition of a preventive medicine textbook he co-authored (under contract to Elsevier); and his next book for the general public (The Flavor Point Diet; Rodale) is now in press for a January, 2006 release.

Elected to the governing boards of both the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine, Katz was recognized in 2003-2004, and again in 2004-2005, as one of America’s top physicians in Preventive Medicine by the Consumers' Research Council of America.

In 2005, Dr. Katz became a Medical Contributor for ABC News, with regular appearances on Good Morning America, and occasional appearances on 20/20, World News Tonight, and other programming. Also in 2005, Dr. Katz became a syndicated health/nutrition columnist for The New York Times.

Katz is the nutrition columnist to 'O,' the Oprah Magazine (his column, entitled 'The Way to Eat,' appears in every issue), and a frequent contributor of expert opinion on nutrition and obesity to the news media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and others. He is a contributing editor to 'O' Magazine, and a member of the editorial advisory boards of Health Magazine, Arbor Nutrition Updates, The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Men's Health, and Alternative Medicine Magazine, among others. He has authored a weekly preventive medicine column for local editions of Connecticut’s New Haven Register since 1997, and for all editions since 2003.

Katz has been featured in several issues of Men's Health magazine, and three cover-story articles in TIME magazine, with frequent contributions to a long list of other best-selling magazines including Shape, Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Child, Parenting, Glamour, Woman’s World, Ladies Home Journal, Business Week, Marie Claire, Prevention, Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, and others. He has appeared on 'The Today Show,' '20/20,' '48 HOURS,' 'World New Tonight,' 'NiteBeat,' PBS, BBC & NPR radio, The Montel Williams Show, and more. He was a featured speaker at the TIME Magazine/ABC News Obesity Summit in Williamsburg, VA, in June, 2004, and featured in two episodes to date of PBS' "2nd Opinion," as well as a PBS mini-series on the obesity epidemic, hosted by Walter Cronkite, in 2005. Also in 2005, he appeared as the medical/nutrition expert on a weight loss program entitled ‘Celebrity Fit Club,’ produced for VH1. His Op-Ed’s on the obesity epidemic and related topics have appeared in The Hartford Courant, Orlando Sentinel, New York Newsday, ABC.com, Houston Chronicle, and The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Katz has been an expert consultant on obesity control to the US Secretary of Health; the FDA Commissioner; several Governors; private corporations; and the health insurance industry.

Katz lectures on effective strategies for weight control and better nutritional health to audiences ranging from elementary school children, to academic colleagues, and has speaking engagements booked as much as a year in advance. He has been the keynote speaker at innumerable professional conferences throughout the US and abroad, frequently earning standing ovations from his audiences. He has presented his research and perspectives at annual meetings of The American Diabetes Association, The American College of Cardiology, The American Heart Association, The American Dietetic Association, The North American Association for the Study of Obesity, The American College of Preventive Medicine, The American Public Health Association, The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, and more.

He and his wife, Catherine, have developed an innovative nutrition training program for elementary school students, ‘The Nutrition Detectives Program,’ (see: www.thewaytoeat.net and click on ‘Nutrition Detectives’) and provided nutrition/cooking lessons to both children and adults at the Silo Cooking School in New Milford, CT, where Chef Jacques Pepin, among others, also teaches. The Katz’ recipes have been featured on television programs in both the US and Canada, in ‘O’ Magazine, Child Magazine, Women’s Health & Fitness, and elsewhere.

Katz holds 5 patents to date on inventions related to health promotion, with several others now under development. His hobbies include cooking, creative writing, carpentry, skiing, hiking, and horseback riding. He works out at least 40 minutes most days, committed to “practicing what he preaches.” Katz believes he should not be offering advice to patients, readers, or the public that he himself would be unwilling to follow.

Katz lives in CT with his wife Catherine, and their five children: Rebecca (16); Corinda (15); Valerie (10); Natalia (9); and Gabriel (6). Not to mention 3 dogs and a gecko…