Dr. Katz has focused his research on the evaluation and outcomes of musculoskeletal disorders including osteoarthritis, lumbar spinal stenosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and nonoperative and surgical approaches to these disorders. He has developed measures of functional status and symptom severity for carpal tunnel syndrome and lumbar spinal stenosis and has developed self-report measures of comorbidity. He has led studies documenting the influence of surgeon and hospital volume on outcomes of total joint replacement. Dr. Katz is the Principal Investigator of two multicenter NIH-funded randomized controlled trials– the MeTeOR Trial of surgical vs. rehabilitative approaches to meniscal tear in the setting of osteoarthritis and the TeMPO Trial of four nonoperative approaches to the population with meniscal tear and osteoarthritis.
Dr. Katz is Director of the Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is co-PI of a NIAMS funded T32 clinical research training program. He is Deputy Editor for Methodology of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and past President of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI). Dr. Katz received the Young Investigator Award and the Distinguished Clinical Investigator Award from the American College of Rheumatology and the A Clifford Barger Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Katz lives in Brookline, MA with his wife Susan Zeiger, PhD, a 20th Century American historian. They have two sons, Dan and Micah, and a much-loved Springer Spaniel, Dodie.