David L. Katz is the founding director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College (1984; Magna Cum Laude); his M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his M.P.H. from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). He is a board certified specialist in both preventive medicine and public health, and two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Katz is director and founder of the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital (2000) in Derby, Conn., and founder and president of the nonprofit Turn the Tide Foundation (www.turnthetidefoundation.org).
Know internationally for expertise in nutrition, weight management, and chronic disease prevention, as well as integrative care and patient-centered care models, Katz is active in patient care, research, teaching, and public health practice. He established, and formerly directed, one of the nation’s first combined residency programs in internal medicine and preventive medicine; and served as director of medical studies in public health at the Yale School of Medicine for eight years.
Katz has secured nearly $35 million in research funding. He has published over 120 scientific articles and textbook chapters; nearly a thousand newspaper columns; innumerable commentaries and blogs; and 12 books to date. He has consulted on obesity control and chronic disease prevention to the World Health Organization; National Cancer Institute; National Governors Association; Health Canada; the Health Ministry of Israel; the Institute of Medicine; several U.S. Governors; the U.S. Secretary of Health; and the Food and Drug Administration.
Katz is a prominent voice in health and medicine in the media. He is a frequent consultant and former on-air contributor to ABC News; a health editor for the Huffington Post; a writer for Prevention.com; a health columnist for the New Haven Register; and a frequent source for leading newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times; the Wall Street Journal; the Washington Post; Time; Newsweek; and many more. He has appeared numerous times on most major news programs, including ABC World News; The Today Show; Good Morning America; 20/20; and more. He is a regular guest on the Dr. Oz Show. He was an on-air contributor to Good Morning America (2005-2007); a health columnist for the New York Times Syndicate; and nutrition columnist of O, The Oprah Magazine (2002-2010).
Katz serves as a reviewer of federal research grants for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, as well as numerous international organizations. He is a peer reviewer for several leading medical journals. He is on the editorial advisory boards of The American Journal of Health Promotion; Prevention Magazine; Health; Men’s Health; Children’s Health; and Eating Well. In 2011, he was appointed editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Childhood Obesity. He is on numerous advisory boards, including that of Mehmet Oz’s HealthCorps. A highly regarded orator represented by the prestigious Harry Walker Agency, Katz has delivered keynote addresses at conferences throughout the United States and in numerous other countries, including Canada, Israel, France, Poland, and Austria.
Katz has five U.S. patents, several patents pending, and is the principal inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index (patents pending) utilized in the NuVal nutrition guidance program (www.nuval.com), currently offered in over 1,500 supermarkets throughout the U.S. He has been recognized three times by the Consumers Research Council of America as one of the nation’s top physicians in preventive medicine. He was nominated for the position of U.S. Surgeon General in 2009 by the American College of Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, among others. He was also the 2011 recipient of the Katharine Boucot Sturgis award from the American College of Preventive Medicine, the most prestigious award the ACPM confers – awarded for illustrious career contributions to the field of preventive medicine. Also in 2011, he received the Lenna Frances Cooper Award from the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) for illustrious contributions to the field of nutrition.
Katz and his wife, Catherine, live in Connecticut. They have 5 children.