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Steven J Katz, MD


Steven Katz is Professor of Medicine and Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan. He has received a number of project and program grants from NIH to lead research that addresses cancer treatment communication, decision-making, and quality of care. He directs the Health Behavior and Outcomes Program for the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Katz received a National Cancer Institute Established Investigator in Cancer Control, Behavioral and Population Sciences Research Award (2006-2012). He also serves on the JAMA Oncology Editorial Board. Dr. Katz received the Conn research award in the UM Department of Medicine and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research at the UM Medical School. He received his MPH in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Washington. He received his MD from the University of California, San Francisco and completed residency in internal medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Katz leads the Cancer Surveillance and Outcomes Research Team ( centered at the University of Michigan. CanSORT is an interdisciplinary research program focused on population and intervention studies of the quality of care and outcomes of cancer detection and treatment in diverse populations.


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 ( 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. For more information, please visit my personal website:

  • Medical School or Training
    • UCLA School of Medicine, 1985
  • Residency
    • UCLA - Graduate Division, Internal Medicine, CA, 1988
  • Fellowship
    • Internal Medicine, University of Washington School of Public Health, 1991
  • Board Certification
    • Internal Medicine