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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 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). He completed sequential residency training and board certification in Internal Medicine (1991) and Preventive Medicine/Public Health (1993).
Katz is the founder and former director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (1998-2019) where he secured and managed roughly $40M in research funding; Past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; President and 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, has been a widely supported nominee for the position of U.S. Surgeon General, and has received three honorary doctorates. He is a 2023 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Doctors’ World Gala.
Katz has an extensive media portfolio, having served as a nutrition columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine; an on-air contributor for ABC News/Good Morning America; and with appearances on most major news programs and contributions to most major magazines and leading newspapers, including OpEds in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He is one of the original 150 “Influencers” selected by LinkedIN, and has a social media following of nearly one million.
He holds multiple US patents; has over 200 peer-reviewed publications; has published many hundreds of on-line and newspaper columns; and has authored/co-authored 19 books to date including multiple editions of leading textbooks in nutrition, preventive medicine, and epidemiology. His most recent book for a general audience, How to Eat, co-authored with Mark Bittman, was a 2021 IACP Awards finalist.
His career-long focus has been the translation of science into action for the addition of years to life, and life to years, and on the confluence of human and planetary health.
On the COVID pandemic, he has advocated consistently for a policy of total harm minimization (https://www.truehealthinitiative.org/covid/) by means of risk-stratified interdiction efforts- and for addressing the “prior pandemic” of cardiometabolic disease that contributes so much to acute risk. These views were extensively covered in the New York Times.
Katz has presented at conferences in all 50 U.S. states and in multiple countries on six continents. Represented by the Harry Walker Agency, he has been recognized by peers as the “poet laureate of health promotion.”
He and his wife, Catherine, live in Connecticut. They have five grown children.