December 20, 2018
Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.
Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.

NIAMS Director Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., died suddenly on December 20, 2018, at the age of 77.

He had directed the NIAMS since August 1995. A Senior Investigator in the Dermatology Branch of the National Cancer Institute until 2014, Dr. Katz was recognized as a leader in investigative dermatology and had trained a large number of outstanding immunodermatologists in the United States, Japan, Korea, and Europe.

He will be remembered as an outstanding scientist, administrator, and civil servant who was committed to excellence, transparency, integrity, and public trust.

Read NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins’ statement on Dr. Katz’s passing.

NIAMS has received moving expressions of condolences. We would like to collect these to share with the family and the community. If you would like to contribute a remembrance, please email your comments to* Please let us know if you prefer that we do not share your comments with the family and/or post them on the NIAMS website (your email address would not be publicly visible).

IN MEMORIAM: NIAMS Staff Reflects on Passing of Institute Director Steve Katz

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