David L. Katz, MD, Senior Medical Advisor, Verywell

DAVID L. KATZ MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, is Verywell's Senior Medical Advisor. He is the founding (1998) director of Yale University's Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. He received his BA from Dartmouth College (1984; Magna Cum Laude); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). He is a two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and a clinical instructor in medicine at the Yale School of Medicine.  


Dr. Katz is the President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, founder of the True Health Initiative, founder and President of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation, and the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the journal Childhood ObesityHe is the principal inventor of the NuVal nutritional guidance system, currently in over 2000 US supermarkets in more than 30 states, coast to coast. He holds 5 U.S. patents on other inventions, with several patents currently pending.

Dr. Katz has published nearly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters; innumerable blogs and columns; nearly 1,000 newspaper articles; and authored or co-authored 15 books to date, including multiple editions of textbooks in both Nutrition and Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Katz has been extensively involved in medical education.  He was a founding director of one of the nation’s first combined residency training programs in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine (Griffin Hospital, Derby, CT); and served as Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine for a span of 8 years.  He has led classes and given lectures for Yale students in medicine, public health, nursing, the physician assistants program, and undergraduates, as well as medical residents and faculty.

He is the recipient of many awards for his contributions to public health and medical education.  He has been named one of America’s Top Physicians in Preventive Medicine three times by the Consumer’s Research Council of America, and serves as a judge of best diets for the annual ranking published by US News & World Report. In 2009, he was a widely supported nominee for the position U.S. Surgeon General.  He was named one of the 25 most influential people in the lives of children by Children’s Health Magazine. He has been honored for career accomplishments by numerous organizations including the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health; the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; and the American College of Preventive Medicine.  In 2013 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bridgeport in CT for his contributions to public health and patient care.

Dr. Katz has an extensive media portfolio, having worked for ABC News/Good Morning America as an on-air contributor, a writer for the New York Times syndicate, and a columnist to O, the Oprah Magazine.  Currently, he is a blogger/medical review board member for the Huffington Post, a health contributor to US News & World Report, one of the original 150 ‘thought leader’ INfluencer bloggers for LinkedIn; a blogger and columnist for TIME Magazine; and a contributing health writer on preventive care for Verywell.

Dr. Katz speaks routinely at conferences and meetings throughout the United States, and around the world, and has delivered addresses in at least 7 countries.  He is a recognized thought leader in nutrition, chronic disease prevention/health promotion, weight management, and integrative medicine. Widely recognized as a gifted public speaker, Katz has been acclaimed by peers as the “poet laureate of health promotion.”

Dr. Katz and his wife Catherine live in CT; they have 5 children.


BA, Dartmouth College, 1984

MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1988

MPH, Yale School of Public Health, 1993

David L. Katz, MD, Senior Medical Advisor, Verywell

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A Note About the True Health Initiative

The True Health Initiative is an esteemed group of leading experts and influencers in health from some 30 countries, dedicated to spreading reliable messages about chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and sustainability.  Valuable contributions from Dr. Katz and his colleagues in the True Health Initiative can be found in Verywell’s special True Health section.

The statements and opinions presented are those of the individual True Health Initiative members to whom they are credited. The organization and its members’ participation on Verywell does not constitute an endorsement of all Verywell content or any advertisements that appear on the website.


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