Mitchell Katz, MD, is a physician and public health leader who served California for many years before 2018, when he became president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public health care system in the nation. Throughout his career he has been dedicated to improving the public health system and enabling the expansion of integrated care.
From 2011 to 2017, he was director of the Los Angeles County Health Agency, where he created the ambulatory care network, empaneled more than 350,000 patients to primary care homes, and fostered important care innovations. Previously, Katz served as director and health officer of the San Francisco Department of Health for 13 years, where he funded needle exchange, created Healthy San Francisco, outlawed the sale of tobacco at pharmacies, and won ballot measures to rebuild Laguna Honda Hospital and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. He is a graduate of Yale College and holds an MD from Harvard Medical School. He completed an internal medicine residency at UCSF Medical School and was a Robert Wood Johnson clinical scholar. Katz is deputy editor of the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.