Clinical Climate Change 2022 Workshop Facilitator: Craig L. Katz, MD

Craig L. Katz, MD, Clinical Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Medical Education, and Health System Design & Global Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Craig Katz is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Education, and System Design and Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, where he has served in various clinical and administrative roles since joining the faculty in 2000. Dr. Katz is currently a Faculty Advisor in the Department of Medical Education and is involved in a range of educational activities involving medical and public health students. He is the Faculty Director for the Mental Health Clinic in Mount Sinai’s student-run, faculty facilitated clinic, the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP). He also serves as one of the faculty co-directors of the Mount Sinai Human Rights Program with a current focus on its remote evaluation network. He also directs/co-directs courses in global health in the Graduate Program in Public Health.

 Dr. Katz founded and directs Mount Sinai’s Program in Global Mental Health, an interest that grew out of his experience in organizing and providing psychiatric services to disaster affected communities since 1998 through an organization Dr. Katz co-founded and led, Disaster Psychiatry Outreach. Those efforts included organizing the psychiatric response to 9/11 in New York City, including starting and for many years directing the World Trade Center Mental Health Screening and Treatment Program for 9/11 responders. He is currently the special advisor to the Center for Stress, Resilience, and Personal Growth, Mount Sinai’s system-wide program for addressing healthcare worker mental health issues arising from COVID-19.

Dr. Katz has written and co-edited a number of books and papers in the fields of disaster psychiatry, human rights, medical education, and global psychiatry, including A Guide to Global Mental Health Practice: Seeing the Unseen (Routledge).

A native of Long Island, New York, Dr. Katz attended Harvard College and went on to Columbia University where he obtained his medical degree, completed his psychiatric residency training and served as chief resident in psychiatry. He subsequently completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at NYU.  Dr. Katz has a private practice in general and forensic psychiatry in Manhattan and is a former President of the New York County District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association as well as a Distinguished Fellow of the APA.  He is currently the Vice Chair of the Medical Society of New York’s Committee on Emergency Preparedness and also serves as the National PTSD Consultant to Advanced Recovery Systems and the  International Association of Firefighters Center of Behavioral Excellence. Dr. Katz is married to Linda, a pediatrician and a child psychiatrist, and is the proud father of eighteen-year-old Maya and fifteen-year-old Lev.