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Yisrael Katz, MD

Associate Physician, UCSD Hospital Medicine
Director of Clinical Operations, Calviri Inc.
Founder & CEO, Clinical Strategy LLC

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Academic Profile

Dr. Yisrael Katz is a board-certified physician with a longstanding interest and strong background in translational research as well as business development. Dr. Katz has over a decade of research experience in neuroscience and oncology with roles spanning from bench to bedside. He has excellent communication skills and substantial experience in scientific presentations at medical congresses. 

Dr. Katz is the Lead Medical Expert in designing transition from preclinical to first-in-human studies for a startup biotech company developing a diagnostic and therapeutic cancer vaccine platform. He is a nationally recognized expert in diagnostic reasoning and founder and CEO of two medical education companies teaching thousands of medical students and junior physicians across several US medical schools and residency programs.

Representative Publications

A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of ω-3 fatty acids in Tourette's disorder. Gabbay V, Babb JS, Klein RG, Panzer AM, Katz Y, Alonso CM, Petkova E, Wang J, Coffey BJ.  Pediatrics, 2012; 29(6):e1493-500.

The possible role of the kynurenine pathway in adolescent depression with melancholic features. Gabbay V, Klein RG, Katz Y, Mendoza S, Guttman LE, Alonso CM, Babb JS, Hirsch GS, Liebes L. Journal of Child Psycholology and Psychiatry, 2010; 51(8): 935-43.

The kynurenine pathway in adolescent depression: Preliminary findings from a proton MR spectroscopy study. Gabbay V, Liebes L, Katz Y, Liu S, Mendoza S, Babb JS, Alonso CM, Gonen O. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 2010; 34(1): 37-44.

A preliminary study of cytokines in suicidal and nonsuicidal adolescents with major depression. Gabbay V, Klein R, Guttman LE, Babb JS, Alonso CM, Nishawala M, Katz Y, Gaite MR, Gonzalez CJ. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 2009; 19(4): 423-430.

A cytokine study in children and adolescents with Tourette's disorder. Gabbay V, Coffey BJ, Guttman LE, Gottlieb L, Katz Y, Babb JS, Hamamoto M, Gonzalez CJ. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 2009; 33(6): 967-971.

A novel therapeutic for Friedreich's Ataxia. Katz Y, Cotticelli MG, Wilson RB. In Preparation.

Awards and Honors

Spirit Award: Nominated and Elected by Nursing Staff for Outstanding Communication and Patient Care, Georgetown University Hospital

Program Representative: Internal Medicine Jeopardy, American College of Physicians Meeting, Washington, DC

Elected Representative: VTCSOM Diversity Council, Roanoke, VA

Elected Representative: Roanoke Valley Academy of Medicine, VA

Founding President, Student-Run Clinic at the Bradley Free Clinic, Roanoke, VA

Elected Representative, VTCSOM Medical Curriculum Committee

I am proud to be a part of UC San Diego Health Hospital Medicine because it is a fantastic program in a beautiful place.