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Ralph V Katz, BS, DMD, MPG, PHD, FACE

Ralph V. Katz, BS, DMD, MPH, PhD, FACE

Epidemiology and Health Promotion
Room PAS Dental Center, 421 First Avenue
Phone: 212-998-9550
Fax: 212-995-4087


PhD, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota 1976
MPH, Dental Public Health, University of Minnesota 1971
DMD, Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine 1969
BS, Biology, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 1965

Honors / Credentials

  • US Public Health Traineeship: 1970–1974
  • The US Army Commendation Medal Meritorious Service: 1976
  • Edward H. Hatton Awards Competition Finalist: 1977
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota: 1979
  • Who's Who in Health Care: 1st & 2nd Editions
  • Dictionary of International Biography American Men and Women of Science: 16th & 17th Edition
  • Sigma Xi, The Research Society of North America: 1981
  • Research Fellow, Gerontological Society of America: 1982
  • Fellow, American College of Epidemiology (F.A.C.E.): 1982
  • NIH, NIDR Special Grants Review Committee: 1994–1998
  • Presidential Invitee to White House Ceremony for US Governmental Apology for the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: 1997
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers: 2004–2006 8th -10th Editions
  • Founding Member, International Academy of Oral Oncology: 2005
  • Birnberg Research Award, 50th recipient of annual Distinguished Researcher
  • Award from Columbia University School of Dental Medicine: 2007
  • Visiting Scholar, National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, Tuskegee University: 2011
  • NYU Distinguished Teacher Award, university-level: 2012

Research Interests / Professional Overview

  • Willingness of minorities to participate in biomedical research
  • Health disparities research
  • Epidemiologic studies of oral cancer
  • Oral health in Haiti: dental caries, oral cancer and noma
  • Defining oral neglect in institutionalized elderly


SOETUF Study (Spheres of Ethics Teaching Using Film) by NYU Abu Dhabi Faculty Research Fund 2015–2018

Representative Publications

Complete listing available on the NYU Health Sciences Library site.

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Katz, RV and Warren, RC (eds). The Search for the Legacy of the USPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. Lexington Books, a Division of Rowman & Littlefield, 2011.

Katz, RV. Oral Epidemiology of Older Adults, Chapter in Geriatric Dentistry, Editors: P. Holm Pederson and H. Loe, Munksgaard Press:

- 1st Edition (with L.H. Meskin) 1986.
- 2nd Edition (with A.L. Neely and D.E. Morse) 1996.

RESEARCH ARTICLES (selected of 131)

Katz RV, and Frey BJ. Oral Health Services: A Delphi Technique Estimation of Their Role in Adult In-Patient Rehabilitation Programs. Arch Phys Med and Rehab 57:183–88, April, 1976.

Katz RV and Tillman H. Oral Health Services for Adult Rehabilitation Patients: Three Illustrative Cases. Arch of Phys Med and Rehab 59:390–93, August, 1978.

Katz RV. Assessing Root Caries in Populations: The Evolution of the Root Caries Index. J of Pub Health Dent 40:6–16, Winter, 1980.

Katz RV, Hazen SP, Chilton NW and Mumma RD The Prevalence and Intraoral Distribution of Root Caries in An Adult Population, Caries Res 16:265–271, 1982.

udney JD, Katz RV and Brand JW. Interobserver Reliability of Methods for Paleopathological Diagnosis of Dental Caries, Amer J of Physical Anthropology, 2:243–248. 1983.

Katz RV. Changing the Curriculum: Mirror the Times, Not the Trends, J Dent Ed 50:470–473, 1986.

Pendrys DG and Katz RV. Risk of Enamel Fluorosis Associated with Fluoride Supplements, Infant Formula and Fluoride Supplement Use, Amer J of Epidemiol 130:1199–1208, 1989.

Chen J, Katz RV and Krutchkoff D. Intraoral Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Epidemiologic Patterns in Connecticut from 1935-1985, Cancer 66:1288–96, 1990.

Meskin LH, Dillenberg J, Heft M, Katz RV, and Martens L. Economic Impact of Dental Service Utilization by Older Adults, JADA 120:665–668, 1990.

Katz RV. The safety of dental amalgams: the classic problem of early questions and premature conclusions, Quintessence International 22:243–246, 1991.

Katz RV. The RCI Revisted after 15 Years: Used, Reinvented, Modified, Debated and Natural Logged, J Pub Health Dent 56:28–34, 1996

Wang, M.Q., Katz, RV, Howard, D., Harris, M, Bioethical Issues in Biostatistical Consulting: Development of a Survey Instrument, Psychological Reports 2007: 100:191–194. PMCID:PMC1906735

Claudio C, Katz RV, Green BL, Kressin NR, Wang, MQ, Russell SL. Cancer Screening Participation: Comparative Willingness of San Juan Puerto Ricans vs New York Puerto Ricans, J Nat'l Med Assoc 2007: 99(5) 542-9. PMCID: PMC2139896

Katz, RV, Kegeles, SS, Kressin, NR, Green, BL, Wang, MQ, Russell, SL, Claudio, C. The Tuskegee Legacy Project: Willingness of Minorities to Participate in Biomedical Research. J of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2006; 17:698-715.

Katz, RV, Green, BL, Kressin, NR, Claudio, C, Wang, MQ, Russell, SL, Claudio, C. Willingness of Minorities to Participate in Biomedical Studies: confirmatory findings from a follow-up study using the Tuskegee Legacy Project Questionnaire. J Natl Med Assoc 2007: 99(9): 1050–62.

Psoter WJ, Gebrian B. Prophete S, Reid BC, Katz RV. Effect of early childhood malnutrition on tooth eruption patterns in Haitian adolescents, Comm Dent Oral Epidemiol  2008; 36:179–189. [ published online at doi.10.1111/j.1600-0528.2007.00386x in Dec 2007]

Psoter WJ, Spielman AL, Gebrian B, St.Jean R, and Katz RV, Effect of childhood malnutrition on salivary flow and pH. Archives of Oral Biology 53(3):231–7, Mar 2008. [online at Science Direct AOB-1975 Dec 2007]

Psoter WJ, Katz RV, Gebrian B. Reliability of a sugar consumption questionnaire for rural Haiti. Puerto Rican Health Sciences Journal 27(1):69–74, Mar 2008.

Katz RV, Kegeles SS, Kressin NR, James SA, Green BL, Wang MQ, Russell SL, Claudio C. Awareness of the USPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee and the U.S. Presidential Apology: Influence on Minority Participation in Biomedical Research. Am J Pub Health 2008; 98:1137–1147.

Allen K, Norman R. and Katz RV. The Effect of Chewing Gum on Learning as Measured by Test Performance. Nutrition Bulletin 2008 33:102–107.

Katz RV, Green BL, Kressin NR, Kegeles SS, Wang, MQ, James SA, Russel SL, Claudio C., McCallum J, The Legacy of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: Its Impact on Willingness to Participate in Biomedical Research Studies J of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2008; 19:1169-1181.

Katz RV, Wang, MQ, Green BL, Kressin NR, Claudio C, Russell SL, Sommervil, C.. Participation in Biomedical Research Studies and Cancer Screenings: Perceptions of Risks to Minorities Compared to Whites. Cancer Control Oct 2008; 15(4):344-361.

Katz RV, Claudio C, Kressin NR, Green BL,Wang MQ, Russell SL. Willingness to Participate in Cancer Screenings: Blacks vs Whites vs Puerto Rican Hispanics. Cancer Control. Oct 2008; 15(4)334-343.

Katz RV, Green BL, PhD, Kressin NR, James SA, Claudio C, Wang MQ, Russell SL. Exploring the ‘Legacy' of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: a follow-up study from the Tuskegee Legacy Project. J Natl Med Assoc Feb 2009; 101(2):179-183.

Russell, SL, Katz RV, C, Kressin, NR, Green, BL, Wang, MQ, Claudio, C and Tzvetkova, K. Beliefs of Women's Risk as Research Subjects and Relationship to Knowledge of DES and Thalidomide:Differences by Sex and by Race/Ethnicity. J Women's Hlth Feb 2009; 16(2):235-243.

Katz RV, Smith BJ, Berkey D, Guset A, O'Connor MP. Oral Neglect in Institutionalized Elders: a new study seeks to establish a consensus definition to protect vulnerable elderly. Il Dentista Moderno Sept 2009; 43-70-74.

Katz RV, Jean-Charles G, Green BL , Kressin NR, Claudio C, Wang MQ, Russell SL. Outlaw J. Identifying the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: Implications of Results from Recall and Recognition Questions. BMC Public Health 2009, 9:468 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-9-468

Kressin NR, Manze, M., Russell SL, Katz, RV, Claudio, C., Green BL, Wang MQ, Self-Reported Willingness to Have Cancer Screening and the Effects of Sociodemographic Factors J Natl Med Assoc 2010; 102:219-227

Katz RV, Smith BJ, Berkey D, Guset A, and O'Connor MP. Defining Oral Neglect in Institutionalized Elders: a consensus definition for the protection of vulnerable elderly. JADA 2010; 141:334-440.

Psoter,WJ, Ge Y, Russell SL, Chen Z, Katz, RV, Jean-Charles G, Li Y. PCR detection of Streptococcus mutans and Aggregatibacter Actinomycetemcomitans in dental plaque from Haitian adolescents. Clin Oral Investigations 2011:15(4):461–469.

Katz RV. Larry Meskin: A Man-of-His-Time with Vision ‘Beyond-His-Time', DISCOVERY! article, J Dent Res 2011:90(2):154-156.

Russell SL, Katz, RV, Kressin NR, Claudio C, Green BL, Wang MQ, Lee R. "Belief in AIDS Origin Conspiracy Theory and Willingness to Participate in Biomedical Research Studies - Findings in Whites, Blacks and Hispanics in 7 Cities across Two Surveys" HIV Clinical Trials 2011:12(1):37–47..