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Mark Howard Katz, M.D. - Living With HIV

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Being Deliberately

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Dr. Katz, a native new Yorker, graduated from Cornell University in 1971. He received his MD degree in 1975 from SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse. He completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals, Madison.

Since moving to L.A. in 1985, he has been affiliated with Kaiser Permanente West L.A. where he became involved in the care of patients with HIV. From 1992-2006 he was the Regional HIV Physician Coordinator for the Southern California Kaiser region. In his weekly HIV outpatient care clinic, held regularly since 1988, he notes that, “Some, and unfortunately only a few, of the patients I saw that very first month [August 1988] are still my patients today.” In addition to his HIV outpatient work, he is currently a hospitalist at the West LA Medical Center.

Mark has been an educator as well as physician activist--through work with organizations such as LA Shanti and Being Alive. 

In early 2007Mark was honored by The City of West Hollywood as one of the “Gay Heroes” in their widely publicized campaign. But his greatest professional reward, he says, is "continually having the opportunity to be involved in the care of people who face the challenge of HIV with such grace and determination." He is especially proud as well of having convened a 30th year AIDS commemoration at The ONE Archive on World AIDS Day 2011.

Mark is now actively involved in LGBT health issues; he is West LA’s Champion for Transgender Care.  He has lectured around the Region on LGBT Health Care Issues, and is also a member of Kaiser’s National Diversity Team for LGBT Care.

Mark also enjoys writing creative non-fiction, some of it published, and much of it about the HIV epidemic.  He and his husband Robert were married in 2008 are proud to have become the adoptive parents of Marcus Joseph Goodman-Katz (born in 2001).