Faculty Information

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

Epidemiology and Health Promotion
433 First Avenue, room 706 
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-998-9550
Fax: 212-995-4087
E-mail: ralph.katz@nyu.edu


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


  • 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
  • Honor & Merit Research Award from Universite d'Etat d Haiti
  • Faculte Odontologie, 1st International Dental Congress in Haiti, 2015 June
  • Who's Who in the World, Marquis 2017-18 22nd Edition
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree from Trinity College (CT) 2018


  • 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
  • Bioethical Issues in Biostatistical Consulting (BIBC
  • Epidemiological studies of Tongue-tied Infants  


  1. SOETUF Study (Spheres of Ethics Teaching Using Film) by NYU Abu Dhabi Faculty Research Fund 2015-2018
  2. Bioethical Issues in Biostatistical Consulting (BIBC) Phase II Grant from the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (DHHS), co-investigator, 2017-2019.


Complete listing available on the NYU Health Sciences Library site.

Search PubMed for articles.


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 132)

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..

Green BL, Li L, Gluzman R, Morris JF, Davis JL, Katz RV. Detailed Knowledge of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: Who Knows What? A Framework for Health Promotion Strategies. Health Educ & Behavior. 2011;38(6) 629-636.

Allen, KL, Katz RV. Comparative Use of Pod-Casts vs Written Lecture Transcripts as Learning Aids. J Dent Educ 2011;75(6):817-22

Chiu C, Katz RV. Identifying the 'Vulnerables' in Biomedical Research: the vox populis from the Tuskegee Legacy Project. J Public Health Dent. 2011;71:220-228.

Brar BS, Chhibber R, Srinivasa VMH, Dearing BA, McGowan R, Katz RV. Use of Ayurvedic Diagnostic Criteria in Ayurvedic Clinical trials: A Literature Review focused on Research Methods. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. January 2012;18(1): 20-28. Doi:10.1089/acm.2010.0671.

Bynum SA, Davis JL, Green BL, Katz, RV. Unwillingness to Participate in Colorectal Cancer Screening: Examining Fears, Attitudes, and Medical Mistrust in a Ethnically Diverse Sample of Adults 50 Years and Older. Am J Health Promotion. 2012:26(5): 295-300.

Davis JL, Buchanan KL, Katz RV, Green BL Gender differences in cancer screening beliefs, behaviors, and willingness to participate: Implications for health promotion. Am J Men's Health 2012; 6(3):207-13.

Das, K, Jahangiri L, Katz RV, First Choice Standard of Care for the Edentulous Mandible: A Delphi Survey of U.S. Academic Prosthodontists. JADA.

Katz, RV. Reaction paper to Dr. Peter Paris’ Keynote Paper on 'The Legacy of the USPHS Syphilis Study'. J Healthcare, Science and the Humanities 2012.

Gluzman R, Meeker H, Agarwal P, Patel S, Gluck G, Espinoza L, Ornstein K, Soriano T, Katz RV. Oral Health Status and Needs of Homebound Elderly in an Urban Home Based Primary Care Service. Spec Care in Dent J. 2013. 33(5):218-226.

Gluzman R, Frey BJ, McGowan R, Katz RV. Root Caries in Older Adults and the Vulnerable Elderly: A Literature Review of 1° and 2° Prevention Agents. 2013. Spec Care in Dent J. 33(3): 133-140.

Davis, JL, Green BL, Katz RV. Scary Beliefs of Tuskegee Syphilis Study: Impact on Research Participation. Amer Black Nursing Faculty J. July 2012; 23(3):59-622012.

Northridge ME., Manji N, Piamonte RT, More FG, Katz, RV. HPV, Oropharyngeal Cancer, and the Role of the Dentist: A Professional Ethical Approach (in press at JHCPU Supplement as of 2/10/12)

Davis JL, Bynum S, Katz RV, Buchanan KL, Green BL. Sociodemographic Differences in Fears and Mistrust Contributing to Unwillingness to Participate in Cancer Screenings. J of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2012;23:67-76.

Li L, Morse DE, Katz RV. What Constitutes a Proper Routine Oral Cancer Examination by a General Dentist?: a national consensus opinion of U.S. experts. Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Surgery and Oral Radiology. 2013 Nov11 6(5):e379-e386.

Reyes-Perez E, Borrell L, Katz RV, Gebrian B, Prophete SE, Psoter WP. Effect of early childhood protein-energy malnutrition on permanent dentition dental caries. J Pub Hlth Dent 2014;74:181-187.

Katz RV, "Navigating to Protect Vulnerable Research Subjects", a Reaction Paper to the Plenary Keynote Address "Local, National and Global Implications of the USPHS Syphilis Study" by Ndunge Kiiti, PhD. J Healthcare, Science and the Humanities 2014;4(1):89-93.

Katz RV, Shamia HA, Dearing BA, Kang PDS, Li L, Chang A. Mastering Skills in Assessing the Professional Literature (SAPL): an Analysis of Student Performance in an EBD Curriculum over a 7-year period. J Evid Base Dent Pract 2014;14:102-110.

Ornstein K, DeCherrie L, Gluzman R, Scott E, Kansal J, Shah T, Katz RV and Soriano T et al, Significant Unmet Oral Health Needs among the Homebound Elderly Regardless of Clinical Medical Diagnosis. J Amer Geriatric Soc. 2015;63(1):151-157.

Katz RV, Tillman HH, Bloch RM, Stojanovic M, Kaira A. Revisiting the Status of Oral Health Services in Adult PM&R Programs: a 40-year follow-up survey. Spec Care Dent 2015;35(5): 214-220.

BenNasir E, El Mistiri M, McGowan R, Katz RV. Oral Cancer in Libya and the Development of Regional Oral Cancer Tumor Registries: A Review. Saudi Dental Journal, 2015;27(4):171-179

Pliver-Solomon D, Carbonella XX, Bush AC, Katz RV. Psychosocial Impact of Anterior Dental Aesthetics on Periodontal Health, Dental Caries and Oral Hygiene Practices in Young Adults. General Dentistry Journal 2016; March/April:44-50.

Katz, RV, Congiusta A, Tien TC, Chetcuti MC, McGowan R, Lee J, Casagli DB, Hill KC, Dearing BA. Was the development of the Mistrust-in-Research field of study yet another 'legacy' of the USPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee? J Healthcare, Science and the Humanities. 2016;6(1):21-35

Khalaf, M, Katz RV. Assessment of readiness of dental faculty and students in Kuwait to implement a smoking cessation counseling curriculum. J of Int'l Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry. 2016 DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.181164 PMID: 27195224.

Psoter WJ, Nelson EM, Psoter KJ, Dearing BA, Katz RV, Catalanotto F. Delayed tooth emergence in children with HIV infection. Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology 2016;122(4):442-7

Katz RV. A Luminary sheds light on the 'Legacy' of the USPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee: tracking Arthur Caplan's comments over the past Quarter-of-a-Century. Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities. 2017;8(1):23-33.

Wang MQ, Yan AF, Katz RV. Identifying bioethical issues in biostatistical consulting: findings from a U.S. national pilot survey of biostatisticians. BMJ Open 2017;0:e018491. Doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018491.

Katz RV, Katz AE, Warren RC, Aqel H, Ilin D, McGowan R. Description of student expectations on the use of film vs. text to teach bioethics: The Spheres of Ethics Teaching Using Film (SOETUF) College Study. Divers Equal Health Care. 2018:15(5):222-225.

Katz RV, Prophete SE, Lafontant C, Gebrian B, Bourdeau LC, Joseph Jr E, Lafontant GJ, St Jean HL, Rundberg PE. Oral health knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) in rural Haiti: A 40-year follow-up study. J Pub Health Den 2018:78(3):192-196.DOI: 10.1111/jphd.12270.

Katz RV, Katz AE, Warren RC, Williams MT, Aqel H, Ilin D, McGowan R. Comparative use of Tuskegee Syphilis Study Film vs. Text Triggers to Teach Bioethics: The Spheres of Ethics Teaching Using Film (SOETUF) College Study. Divers Equal Health Care. 2018:15(5):199-206.

Wang MQ, Yan AF, Katz RV. Researcher requests for inappropriate analysis and reporting: A U.S. survey of consulting biostatisticians. Ann Internal Med. 2018:169(8):554-558.DOI: 10.7326/M18-1230.

Wang MQ, Fan AY, Katz RV. Bioethical issues in biostatistical consulting study: Additional findings and concerns. JDR Clinical & Translational Research. 2019.DOI: 10.1177/2380084419837294.

Batbold S, Ellis R, Katz RV, Warren RC. Review of the Captain America graphic novel 'TRUTH: Red, White and Black' focusing on parallels with the infamous USPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. J Natl Med Assoc. 2019:111(4):363-370.DOI: 10.1016/j.jnma.2019.01.004.

Casey SM, Katz RV, Huang S, Smith BJ. Geriatric health experts validate oral neglect timelines for the institutionalized elderly. J Applied Gerontology. 2019.DOI: 10.1177/0733464819880085.

Katz RV, Dearing BA, Ryan JM, Ryan LK, Zubi MK, Sokhal GK. Development of a tongue-tie case definition in newborns using a Delphi survey: The NYU-Tongue-Tie Case Definition. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2020:129(1):21-26.DOI: 10.1016/j.oooo.2019.01.012.