As founder of the GLiMMER Initiative, Dr. Katz also
serves as founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center and
as president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He received his BA
from Dartmouth College (1984; Magna Cum Laude); his MD from the Albert Einstein
College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of
Public Health (1993). Katz is Director and founder of the Integrative Medicine
Center at Griffin Hospital (2000) in Derby, CT, and founder and president of
the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation.
Known internationally for expertise in nutrition, weight management, and chronic disease prevention, as well as integrative
care and patient-centered care models, Katz is active in patient care, research, teaching, and public
health practice. He established and formerly directed one of the nation’s first
combined residency programs in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine, and
served as Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at the Yale School of
Medicine for eight years.
Dr. Katz is a prominent voice in health & medicine in the media. He has published scientific articles, textbook chapters, newspaper columns and 12 books to date. He has consulted on obesity control and chronic disease prevention and is a peer reviewer for numerous leading medical journals.
An explorer, New York Times
bestselling author and National Geographic Fellow, Dan founded Blue Zones®, a
company that puts the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being to
work in people’s lives. His books The
Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest
and Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue
Zones Way appeared on many best seller lists and both continue to be
featured in national and international media.
Buettner’s colossal research effort on happiness has found four locations around the world with the highest reported well-being. In the societies he visits, it’s no coincidence that the way people interact with each other, shed stress, nourish their bodies, and view their world yields more happiness and good years of life.
In 2009, Dan and his partner, AARP, applied principles of The Blue Zones
to Albert Lea, Minnesota and successfully raised well-being and lowered health
care costs by some 40%. He’s currently working with Healthways to implement the
program in there Beach Cities of Los Angeles; Fort Worth, Texas; Kauai, Hawaii;
and the entire state of Iowa. Their strategy focuses on optimizing the health
environment instead of individual behavior change. Writing in Newsweek, Harvard University’s Walter
Willet called the results “stunning.”
Dan also holds three world records in distance cycling and has won an Emmy Award for television production.