2011: David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP

David L. Katz, Associate Professor of Public Health, Director, Prevention Research Center, Yale University School of Medicine, Medical Contributor, ABC News, Prevention Research Center

The School of Public Health and Health Profession’s 23rd J. Warren Perry speaker was David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, Yale University School of Medicine, Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center, Principal Inventor, Overall Nutritional Quality Index.

Katz is an internationally recognized authority on nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease, and a leader in integrative medicine and patient-centered care. Katz directs Yale University's Prevention Research Center, which he co-founded in 1998. He has acquired and managed over $20 million in research funds directed toward chronic disease prevention. Katz has published over 100 scientific papers, numerous textbook chapters, nearly a thousand newspaper columns, and 12 books to date. He is the principal inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index utilized in the NuVal™ nutrition guidance program currently offered in over 500 supermarkets throughout the United States.

Katz has been an expert consultant on obesity control to the US Secretary of Health, the US FDA Commissioner, several governors; private corporations, and the health insurance industry. He has served as an advisor on weight control policy to the National Governors Association. Katz has lectured on effective strategies for weight control and better nutritional health to audiences ranging from elementary school children to academic colleagues and public health leaders. He and his wife, Catherine, have developed an innovative nutrition training program for elementary school students and their parents, “The Nutrition Detectives Program”, now being piloted by schools in as many as 20 states. Katz has also developed a physical activity program for schools entitled “ABC for Fitness”, intended to distribute bouts of physical activity throughout the school day to cultivate fitness, dissipate restless energy, improve behavior and concentration, and enhance academic performance. These programs, along with others are directed toward obesity prevention and control and health promotion for families. 

A board certified specialist in internal medicine, and preventive medicine/public health, Katz played a lead role in designing and implementing one of the nation's first combined residency training programs in internal medicine and preventive medicine at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn. He served as director of the residency program from 1998 to 2000. This novel program leads to board eligibility in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine in four years of training, and includes a MPH degree awarded by the Yale School of Public Health. In 2000, Katz founded, and directs, the Integrative Medicine Center (IMC) at Griffin Hospital in Derby,  a unique facility in which conventionally trained and naturopathic physicians work collaboratively to provide patients with evidence-based, holistic care.

Katz is a prominent voice in medical media, serving as an expert source to several leading newspapers and magazines, as well as editorial advisory boards of several leading health periodicals and professional journals. He has been a medical contributor for ABC News. Katz is currently an ABC News medical consultant.