David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM 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. Katz 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 is the founder (2016) and CEO of Diet ID™, an innovative, scientifically-validated, image-based tool, powered by Diet Quality Photo Navigation, that helps improve diet and healthy behaviors. The tool is being used by doctors, nutritionists, food companies and wellness organizations.
The recipient of many awards for his contributions to public health, Dr. Katz has received three honorary doctorates. He holds 5 US patents, with others pending. He invented the research method known as “evidence mapping” and is the principal inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index (ONQI™) algorithm.
In 2018, Dr. Katz was selected as the new Chair for the annual Art & Science of Health Promotion conference. He was nominated for the 2019 James Beard Foundation Journalism award in Health and Wellness. He has authored roughly 200 peer-reviewed publications, many hundreds of health columns both on-line and in print, and 16 books to date including leading textbooks in both nutrition and preventive medicine. Dr. Katz is recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease. He reaches a social media following of nearly one million.
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