Dr. David Katz is an Internist and Preventive Medicine specialist, and a nationally recognized nutrition expert, with particular research interest in the prevention of chronic disease, especially cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Katz co-founded and directs the CDC-funded Yale Prevention Research Center (PRC) where he oversees diverse studies in disease prevention and health promotion.

The Yale Prevention Research Center (PRC) was created in 1998 through a collaboration of the Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Griffin Hospital. The PRC encompasses a state-of-the-art clinical research laboratory containing an extensive array of resources, with an annual operating budget of approximately $2.5 million (comprised of federal, state and private funding sources) and a cohesive staff of seventeen professionals, supplemented by numerous public heath interns, medical students and volunteers. The Center is directed by David L. Katz, MD. PRC offices are located within Griffin Hospital and at Griffin's Integrative Medicine Center. Services include a vascular ultrasound lab; a comprehensive clinical laboratory (under the direction of board certified pathologists meeting CAP and AABB and the Federal Bureau of the FDA requirements); a JCAHO-accredited pharmacy; a full-service in- and outpatient cardiology department; a radiology department with the most up-to-date imaging services; and the Integrative Medicine Center (IMC) at Griffin Hospital.

Under the direction of David Katz, MD, PRC is committed to research pertaining to the 1º, 2º, & 3º prevention of chronic disease that is responsive to the priorities of Connecticut residents.

The Center is dedicated to:

  • Participatory research methods;
  • A robust research agenda;
  • Community involvement in public health;
  • Eradicating disparities in health and health care in the communities served, and
  • The dissemination of effective interventions in support of the national objectives of Healthy People 2010.

Recent Research and Scholarly Publications

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Hartwig KA, Bobbitt-Cooke M, Zaharek MM, Nappi S, Wykoff RF, Katz DL.
The value of microgrants for community-based health promotion: two models for practice and policy.
J Public Health Manag Pract. 2006 Jan-Feb;12(1):90-6.
PMID: 16340520 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Katz DL, O'Connell M, Yeh MC, Nawaz H, Njike V, Anderson LM, Cory S, Dietz W; Task Force on Community Preventive Services.
Public health strategies for preventing and controlling overweight and obesity in school and worksite settings: a report on recommendations of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services.
MMWR Recomm Rep. 2005 Oct 7;54(RR-10):1-12. Review.
PMID: 16261131 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Williams AL, Selwyn PA, Liberti L, Molde S, Njike VY, McCorkle R, Zelterman D, Katz DL.
A randomized controlled trial of meditation and massage effects on quality of life in people with late-stage disease: a pilot study.
J Palliat Med. 2005 Oct;8(5):939-52.
PMID: 16238507 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Williams AL, Girard C, Jui D, Sabina A, Katz DL.
S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) as treatment for depression: a systematic review.
Clin Invest Med. 2005 Jun;28(3):132-9. Review.
PMID: 16021987 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Jacobson DM, Strohecker L, Compton MT, Katz DL.
Physical activity counseling in the adult primary care setting: position statement of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Am J Prev Med. 2005 Aug;29(2):158-62. No abstract available.
PMID: 16005814 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Williams AL, Cotter A, Sabina A, Girard C, Goodman J, Katz DL.
The role for vitamin B-6 as treatment for depression: a systematic review.
Fam Pract. 2005 Oct;22(5):532-7. Epub 2005 Jun 17. Review.
PMID: 15964874 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Sabina AB, Williams AL, Wall HK, Bansal S, Chupp G, Katz DL.
Yoga intervention for adults with mild-to-moderate asthma: a pilot study.
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2005 May;94(5):543-8.
PMID: 15945557 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Katz DL.
Competing dietary claims for weight loss: finding the forest through truculent trees.
Annu Rev Public Health. 2005;26:61-88. Review.
PMID: 15760281 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Katz DL, Evans MA, Nawaz H, Njike VY, Chan W, Comerford BP, Hoxley ML.
Egg consumption and endothelial function: a randomized controlled crossover trial.
Int J Cardiol. 2005 Mar 10;99(1):65-70.
PMID: 15721501 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Webb KE, Horton NJ, Katz DL.
Parental IQ and cognitive development of malnourished Indonesian children.
Eur J Clin Nutr. 2005 Apr;59(4):618-20.
PMID: 15688080 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]