Dr. Kent D. Katz was born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, where he learned to ski, fish, hunt, and star gaze. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah, with a B.S. in Molecular Biology. He was in one of the earliest WWAMI classes and received an M.D. from the University of Washington. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He then completed a NIH sponsored research fellowship in cholesterol metabolism, before graduating from a Gastroenterology Fellowship with the University of California, Irvine. He was asked to remain with the University and joined the full time faculty, where he became an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine. His areas of research included Crohn’s disease, early detection and prevention of colon cancer, and endoscopic ultrasound. In 2000 Dr. Katz and his family left California and moved to Casper. While in Wyoming, the has continued his research efforts, and recently published an article in the American Journal of Gastroenterology on Celiac Disease in Wyoming.
Dr. Katz has given numerous scientific presentations to international meetings for the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He was also a main speaker at the 2004 annual meeting of the Celiac Sprue Association’s national conference. He is a member and Fellow of he American Gastroenterological Association, and a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Dr. Katz is married to Carolyn Katz , They are the very proud parents of two children, Ana and Adam, who are currently attending college. During Dr. Katz’s free time, he serves in his church. He still tries to find time to fish, ski, scuba dive, swim, cycle, star gaze, and travel to see family, national parks, and historic sites. One of the most amazing things he has seen is the 1994 annular solar eclipse in Indiana, and the 2017 total eclipse in Casper. He has visited all 50 states (but Wyoming is still his favorite), watched the Iditarod, kayaked the Nantahala, scuba dove Catalina and Maui, photographed the aura, bicycled the San Juan Islands, slept in a tent at minus ten, jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, and sailed the fjords of Norway. Kent views his greatest accomplishment is convincing the most amazing woman in the world to marry him, and stay married to him for three decades.