Dr. Ronald Katz grew up in Emerson, New Jersey where his father practiced as a general dentist for over 35 years. He graduated from Rutgers College in 1978 and received his dental degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University school of Dental Medicine in 1982. After dental school, Dr. Katz worked with his father in general practice while completing residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (OMP) at New York Hospital – Queens Division. After obtaining his certificate in OMP and becoming a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Dr. Katz was a pathology fellow at Temple University School of Dentistry and then an Oral Medicine/Junior Staff Fellow at the National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Bethesda, Maryland (1986-1989). He completed his Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology at the University of Michigan (1989-1994) and worked part-time in general dentistry at dental offices in Michigan.
Dr. Katz was recruited to New York University College of Dentistry in 1996 to be an Assistant Professor of Oral Pathology and served as faculty advisor to the student research group. In 1998 he was appointed the John Richter Assist. Professor of Oral Pathology at Columbia University School of Dental Medicine. He returned to New York University College of Dentistry in 2003 as Associate Professor of Oral Medicine and coordinated lectures and clinics for dental students in Oral Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Oral Medicine. He has published over 22 scientific articles in peer-reviewed medical and dental journals. He has presented his research findings at dental and medical schools in the United States and at national meetings of the American Association of Dental Research and the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research.
Dr. Katz has two daughters, Stephanie and Naomi. Since 2005, he has lived in Fayetteville, North Carolina with his wife, Donna and enjoys family visits, beach combing, travel and reading when away from the office.