The Science and Sense of Human Understanding
The Way to Eat
An expert health consultant, Dr. Katz weighs in on effective strategies for weight control and better nutritional health. Providing realistic solutions for everyday health quandaries, Dr. Katz leaves audiences motivated and inspired to make simple lifestyle changes and improve their collective health.
The Rational Un-fattening of America’s Families: Can We Get There From Here?
Dr. Katz addresses the challenges in our “obesigenic” environment, and describes the blend of public politics and personal empowerment needed to take us toward a healthier future.
Integrative Medicine: A Bridge Over Healthcare’s Troubled Waters
For nine years, Dr. Katz has campaigned tirelessly for the practice of integrative medicine, the blending of conventional medical practices with complementary/alternative medicine (CAM). Dr. Katz discusses the importance of combining evidence-based therapies, such as medication, with complementary practices, such as massage therapy. What makes this model unique is Dr. Katz's notion of relying on evidence-based medicine, yet looking to alternatives when the evidence runs out.
Medical Decision Making: The Art & Science of Science & Judgment
In this discussion, Dr. Katz explains the basic principles that serve as a foundation for a good medical decision and how these same principles can be applied to everyday life choices.
The Basic Care & Feeding of Homo Sapiens: Are We Truly Clueless?
Dr. Katz debunks myths about dietary confusion and shows that the basic theme of healthful eating is well established and clear.
David Katz is a leading voice on coronavirus and the public health response
Acclaimed by colleagues as the “poet laureate” of health promotion and praised by audiences around the world for his passionate work to help us live longer, healthier lives DR. DAVID KATZ is a leading voice in the public health conversation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The founding director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Katz has proposed a framework for responding to the virus, which he calls #TotalHarmMinimization, and which has been frequently cited by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Having penned an influential New York Times op-ed "Is Our Fight Against Coronavirus Worse Than The Disease?", Katz has been sought-out to discuss the coronavirus response, and the potential for more targeted ways to beat the virusm, on PBS News Hour, CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, Fareed Zakaria's GPS, and more. All of Katz's work surrounding the virus, can be found on his coronavirus information and resources page.
A dynamic speaker, Katz's rave reviews include: "Dr. Katz was outstanding! He received a standing ovation from our audience that lasted quite a while." (American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine); "I just wanted to let you know what a joy it was to have Dr. Katz as our keynote speaker... We have received nothing but accolades from grateful participants" (Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula); "He did an AMAZING job!! The positive feedback I received was overwhelming and folks were so inspired!!...Please tell him he was awesome and had everyone buzzing." (Texas International Produce Association)
David Katz sought-out for the ultimate guide in how to eat right
Founding Director of the Yale Prevention Research Center and Founder/President of The Health Initiative, DAVID KATZ was sought-out for his insights into healthy eating in a fascinating and informative interview with New York Magazine’. Entitled, “The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right,” the conversation spans truly every topic related to healthy eating, from diet fads and how we should feel about gluten, to the “healthiest” alcohol and what to look for on nutrition labels. Interesting, chock-full of science-backed facts, and at times hilarious, the interview wonderfully showcases how Katz balances substance and humor as a speaker. Through his work at the True Health Initiative, Katz hopes to make the fundamental truths about healthy, sustainable living and eating common knowledge worldwide. He is also the author of a forthcoming book The Truth About Food, and served as the President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Regularly sought-out to deliver insights on healthcare, medicine and diet, Katz is set to deliver a keynote at the upcoming Nutraceuticals and Medicine Conference, and was recently named to Virgin Pulse’s prestigious Science Advisory Board and delivered a keynote at their Thrive Summit. Heralded as “outstanding” (American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine); “a total pro” (Almond Board); and “awesome” (Texas International Produce Association), Katz consistently receives rave reviews such as: "We had an overwhelmingly positive response to Dr. Katz's presentation. We thank you for all your assistance in contributing to our event" (MultiCare Health System).
David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM earned his BA degree from Dartmouth College (1984); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). He completed sequential residency training in Internal Medicine, and Preventive Medicine/Public Health.
He is the founding director (1998) of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Past-President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and Founder/President of the True Health Initiative, a non-profit organization established to promote messages about healthy, sustainable diet and lifestyle in the service of adding years to lives and life to years around the globe.
Katz directed the development of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index® used in the NuVal® nutritional guidance system, the world’s most robustly validated nutrient profiling system. He is the Founder (2016) and CEO of his own start-up company, developing a disruptively innovative approach to dietary intake assessment, and diet coaching- known as Diet Quality Photo Navigation (DQPN; DQPN™, LLC). He serves as Senior Science Advisor to Better+ Therapeutics (https://bettertherapeutics.io/), a digital therapeutic platform devoted to the use of diet and lifestyle for the treatment and reversal of chronic disease; and Senior Wellness Advisor to Indigo Ag (https://www.indigoag.com/).
The recipient of many awards for his contributions to public health, he has received three honorary doctorate degrees. Dr. Katz has held faculty positions at the Yale University Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing- and as adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He served as Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine for nearly a decade.
He holds 5 U.S. patents with other patents pending. He has published roughly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and 17 books to date, including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both Preventive Medicine, and nutrition. His most recent book is The Truth about Food, with all proceeds going to support the True Health Initiative. His next book, with co-author Mark Bittman, is due out in the spring of 2020 (How to Eat; Houghton Mifflin).
Dr. Katz invented the meta-research method known as “evidence mapping;” the behavior modification construct called “impediment profiling;” a multi-site clinical trial approach to community-based participatory research called the multi-site translational community trial (MTCT); and most recently, “evidence threshold pathway mapping,” a method for applying diverse evidence sources in particular to questions about lifestyle practices and lifelong health effects.
Prominent as a journalist and commentator addressing matters of health and medicine, Dr. Katz has been quoted in most major magazines and newspapers, and has appeared widely on radio and television- and served as a regular on-air medical contributor for Good Morning America/ABC News for over two years. He has delivered addresses at major universities and conferences throughout the United States and countries around the world on six continents. Widely recognized for his abilities as an orator, Dr. Katz has been hailed by peers as “the poet laureate of health promotion.” In 2018, Katz was named conference chair for the annual Art & Science of Health Promotion conference. He has served as one of the expert judges for the annual rankings of diets by US News & World Report for much of the past decade. Katz was a 2019 finalist for a James Beard Foundation Award in the category of health journalism for two pieces in New York Magazine co-authored with Mark Bittman.
Recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, health promotion, and the prevention of chronic disease, he reaches a social media following of nearly one million.
He and his wife, Catherine, founder of Cuisinicity.com, live in Connecticut. They have 5 children.
David L. Katz full Curriculum Vitae