David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM is a specialist in Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and Lifestyle Medicine, with particular expertise in nutrition. He earned his BA at Dartmouth College (1984); his MD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993).
Katz is the founder and former director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (1998-2019); Past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; Founder of the non-profit True Health Initiative; and Founder and CEO of Diet ID, Inc. He is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine; the American College of Physicians; the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; and Morse College, Yale University.
The recipient of numerous awards for teaching, writing, and contributions to public health, Katz was a 2019 James Beard Foundation Award nominee in health journalism, is a 2023 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Doctors’ World Gala, and has received three honorary doctorates.
He holds multiple US patents; has over 200 peer-reviewed publications; and has authored/co-authored 19 books to date including multiple editions of leading textbooks in nutrition, preventive medicine, and epidemiology.
Profession and title:
Director, Prevention Research Center
Dr. Katz is into health promotion, equestrian pursuits, creative writing, philosophy, carpentry, inventing, skiing, and journalism.
Areas for involvement with Morse students:
Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen
Connecting students to internships or other opportunities
Is there another way in which you might work with Morse students not listed above?:
I have had a very diverse career, with an emphasis on patient care (over 30 years) and clinical research (25 years), but also spanning media (2 years on air for Good Morning America), journalism, book writing, teaching (I was Medical Director of Public Health at Yale School of Medicine for a decade), and now- entrepreneurialism (I own and run a company founded on an invention of mine). So, happy to address choices and strategies across a range of career options in the health sciences. I am also very widely connected - in part by means of the diverse constituencies associated with these diverse career elements, and in part because I founded a non-profit that brings together influential leaders in health from nearly 50 countries (TrueHealthInitiative.org). This can be leveraged to explore internship and related opportunities.