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Philip O. Katz, MD, FACG
Philip O. Katz, MD, FACG, Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology at Einstein Healthcare Network, was selected the 2013 Berk/Fise Clinical Achievement Award winner from the American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Katz earned this recognition for his outstanding contributions throughout his career in the field of gastroenterology for patient care, clinical science and education, technological innovation, and public and community service.
Dr. Katz is a recognized national authority on esophageal diseases. Board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, his areas of interest include all aspects of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), achalasia, and Barrett’s esophagus. He directs a state-of-the-art esophageal testing laboratory at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, where he conducts research related to GERD, a condition that is becoming more common with the population’s increasing obesity and advancing age. Dr. Katz specializes in the treatment of refractory GERD and extraesophageal GERD. The former is reflux disease that does not completely respond to acid reducing medications and the latter is reflux disease where the predominant symptoms are laryngitis, cough and other voice disturbances.
One of the newest treatments Dr. Katz offers patients is the LINX™ Reflux Management System, a band of titanium beads with magnetic cores which are implanted around the esophagus. The magnetic attraction between the beads helps the lower esophageal sphincter resist opening after a meal and prevents reflux from the stomach into the esophagus.
Dr. Katz is past President of the American College of Gastroenterology and is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College and Chairman of the Division of Gastroenterology at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. Dr. Katz is also Associate Program Director of the Department of Medicine at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia.