David Katz Science Guru

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM, is the Founding Director (1998) of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, and current President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He has published roughly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and 15 books to date, including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both preventive medicine, and nutrition. He has made important contributions in the areas of lifestyle interventions for health promotion; nutrient profiling; behavior modification; holistic care; and evidence-based medicine. David 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 a two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health. He has received two Honorary Doctorates.


A National Institute of Nutrition: of Science, Sense, and Sisyphus

In a recent New York Times article, a triumvirate of authorities- including my friend and former Dean, and our former FDA Commissioner, Dr. David Kessler- made the case for a National Institute of Nutrition. Some colleagues appended an “amen” in social media.


Should You Eat Or Skip Breakfast?

Like so much else in a culture that perennially tests the lower limits of attention span, and like nearly everything we choose to ask about nutrition (e.g., is a calorie a calorie? Which is better, low-carb or low-fat? And so on…), the question we keep posing about breakfast is rather insipid and nearly useless. There are no valuable answers to vapid questions, and “should you eat breakfast?” is a pretty vapid question.


Can You Judge a Processed Food by Its Name?

No, you really cannot. Not any better than that proverbial book by its cover.


Humanity Faces Homelessness

This column is not about the quotidian variety of homelessness we’ve all encountered in every major city we’ve ever visited. It could be, and arguably even should be. 


Probiotic Pros and Cons

I will avoid any semblance of suspense or drama here: I am a proponent of probiotics. I take one daily. I even helped formulate one, uniquely positioned for use at night.