Dr. Katz is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and holds an Adjunct appointment in the Department of Neurology. He splits his time between clinical care, surgery, research and teaching. Dr. Katz chairs the Department’s Adjunct Faculty Committee and serves in the University’s Academic Senate (admin.utah.edu/academic-senate). Dr. Katz is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (www.aao.org) and a Fellow of the North-American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (www.nanosweb.org).
Dr. Katz received undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1986. After completing the MD/PhD program at the University of Illinois and a medical internship, he trained in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa. In 1998 he moved to Salt Lake City to become the Department’s first neuro-ophthalmology fellow. Dr. Katz joined the faculty the following year.
Along with his partners Dr. Steven Blair and Benjamin Rollins, Dr. Katz founded Axon Optics (www.axonoptics.com). Axon is developing thin-film spectacle coatings for the prevention and treatment of migraine headaches. Dr. Katz is part of an inter-departmental project at Utah to find new treatments for giant cell arteritis, a blinding disease that exclusively affects the elderly. Dr. Katz is also collaborating on a project with the National Institutes of Health to find new ways to evaluate treatments for optic neuritis and multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Katz is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He has lived in Utah for 14 years with his wife and three children. Outside of the Moran Eye Center, Dr. Katz enjoys biking, swimming, good food and loud music.