Faculty Profile

Steven J. Katz, M.D., MPH

Steven J. Katz, M.D., MPH

  • Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health
  • Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General Medicine
  • North Campus Research Complex, Bldg 16
  • 2800 Plymouth Rd.
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2800

  • MPH, , University of Washington, 1991
  • M.D., , University of California San Francisco, 1985
  • B.A., Biology and Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Barbara, 1979

I study how treatment decisions are made during clinical encounters between patients newly diagnosed with cancer and their clinicians. My research pinpoints the factors that drive patient treatment decisions. I also study the factors that influence clinician recommendations and how clinicians navigate the decision-making and communication process. My research has a strong population and health systems perspective. I also develop and evaluate interventions to improve decision- making and accelerate the pace and impact of research dissemination. Great science requires inspiration, creativity, gumption, perspicacity, and perseverance. High impact medical science requires a team effort. The Cancer Surveillance and Outcomes Research Team (www.cansort.org) centered at the University of Michigan generates pace-setting research in communication, decision-making, and quality of care for patients with cancer. The goal of this research is to improve the patient experience and maximize health outcomes of treatment and care support into survivorship.