Clinical Center News
October/November 2017

NIAMS investigator earns Distinguished Clinical Teaching Award

Left to right: Dr. Kannan Kasturi, Dr. James Katz, Dr. Robert
Dr. James Katz (center) received the 2017 Distinguished Clinical Teacher's (DCTA) Award from the NIH Clinical Fellows committee co-chair Dr. Kannan Kasturi (left) and Dr. Robert Lembo (right), acting director of the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education. The DCTA award is the highest honor bestowed on an NIH senior clinician, staff clinician, or tenure-track clinical investigator by the NIH Clinical Fellows. The award was presented Sep. 15 at Grand Rounds. According to the members of the Fellows committee, Dr. Katz has a special ability to foster critical thinking and scientific curiosity by raising key questions and connecting those questions to a practical context. Recipients of the award, given annually since 1985, are recognized for their excellence as a mentor and teacher and their contributions to clinical research.

The 2017 NIH Distinguished Clinical Teaching Award was presented to Dr. James Katz Sept. 20. He was recognized for his outstanding leadership and his commitment to training future clinical investigators at the NIH.

Katz is the Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship and Training Branch in the intramural research program where he oversees the agency's Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program. He also serves as the Director of the intramural NIAMS Community Research and Care Branch.

He has been recognized nationally with the Leonard Tow Gold Humanism Award, the American College of Rheumatology Clinician-Scholar Award, and the ACR REF/Abbott Clinical Preceptorship Award.

Katz also has delivered many regional and national invited lectures and has sat on a variety of clinical practice panels sponsored by professional societies. In addition, he has also published papers in myositis, osteoarthritis, and diagnostic imaging and pain management in rheumatology.

Each year, the award is decided by a vote of the clinical fellows and presented to an individual who exemplifies the ideals of a mentor, teacher, clinician and researcher.

Following the presentation of the award, a CC Grand Rounds Contemporary Clinical Medicine: Great Teachers Lecture was given by Dr. Constantine Stratakis, Scientific Director of the NICHD.