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David I. Katz, MD

Hand & Upper Extremity

Dr. David Katz is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with a certificate of added qualification in hand surgery who specializes in the treatment of the hand, wrist and upper extremity. As a native of Richmond, Virginia, he attended the University of Virginia where he was an Echols Scholar.

After graduation, he lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a year as a ski instructor. He went on to attend medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas where he was awarded both the Southwestern Medical Foundation Scholarship as well as the Melba Williams Scholarship for academic achievement. Dr. Katz then moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he lived for 5 years as he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Emory University. During his last year of residency, he was honored to be chosen by his peers to serve as one of two Chief Residents.

Professional Qualifications (CLICK TO EXPAND)


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Active Fellow

American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Active Fellow

Georgia Orthopaedic Society

Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Society

Emory Orthopaedics – Robert P. Kelly Society


State of Georgia Composite Medical Board
Medical License #64047

State of Tennessee Division of Health Related Boards
Medical License #45622


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  • “The Treatment of Ulnar Impaction Syndrome – A Systematic Review of The Literature” David I. Katz, T. Christopher Bond, John G. Seiler, III. Podium presentation at the September 2007 annual meeting of the Hand Society in Seattle, Washington. Presented at April 2008 Robert P. Kelly Orthopaedic Society Meeting, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. *Poster presented at the June 2008 annual meeting of the Southern Orthopaedic Association in Hot Springs, Virginia. **Published. Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances, November 2010
  • “Surgical Hand Antisepsis for the Hand Surgeon” David I. Katz, Jeffry T. Watson *Published. Journal of Hand Surgery,  October 2011
  • “Extensor Tendon Repair: Rehabilitation Techniques and Outcomes” David I. Katz, Kyle Hammond, Harlan Starr, John G. Seiler *Poster presentation at the September 2009 Residents and Fellows Conference at the annual meeting of the Hand Society in San Francisco, California. **Published. Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances, November 2012

Throughout his training, Dr. Katz has been involved in research in the fields of orthopedics and hand surgery. His research has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of Hand Surgery. He has also written several review articles on topics ranging from wrist injuries to extensor tendon rehabilitation. This research has been presented at multiple national meetings.


Resident-Faculty Committee
Emory University Department of Orthopaedics
Elected by peers

Southwestern Medical Foundation Scholarship, UTSW
Scholarship awarded on academic achievement

Melba Williams Scholarship, UTSW
Scholarship awarded on academic achievement

Madison House Board of Directors, UVA
Largest student-run volunteer organization in USA
Student Co-Chair, elected by peers


Deciding to further specialize after orthopedic training, Dr. Katz was selected to attend a one year fellowship in hand, wrist and upper extremity surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. While at Vanderbilt, he trained with some of the leading hand surgeons in the field, learning techniques in the management of hand injuries, fractures, tendon and nerve reconstruction, wrist and elbow arthroscopy, carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel, hand arthritis, as well as small joint replacement. Additionally, he had the privilege of providing orthopedic hand care to athletes from the NFL, NHL, as well as college and high school ranks.

Dr. Katz specializes in both the operative and non-operative treatment of hand, wrist and upper extremity ailments. He believes that it is important to have a very open and honest connection with each patient, as this develops trust in the doctor-patient relationship. It is only through a team approach with patients, families, therapists and support staff that truly exceptional patient outcomes can be achieved. Patients enjoy his friendly demeanor and personalized approach to caring for each patient.


  • “Personal Finance for the Hand Surgeon” David I. Katz *Presented as Instructional Course Lecture at September 2015 American Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington.
  • “Scaphoid Fractures: Internal Fixation with a Mini Acutrak Screw” David I. Katz, Gary R. McGillivary, Podium presentation at the June 2009 annual meeting of the Eastern Orthopaedic Association in Nassau, Bahamas. Presented at April 2010 Robert P. Kelly Orthopaedic Society Meeting, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • “Controversies in Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Injuries.” David I. Katz *Podium presentation at the annual Vanderbilt Hand and Upper Extremity Cadaver Course in Nashville, TN., March 2011
  • “Prevention of Surgical Site Infections: Evidence-Based Orthopaedics” Bradley R. Register, David I. Katz. Presented at October 2009 Steadman Hawkins Clinic Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, Vail, Colorado.
  • “Delay in the Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures: a Retrospective Review of the Costs Involved and the Radiographic Outcomes” David I. Katz, Justin R. Knight, Steven Blackwood, Thomas J. Moore.Presented at April 2008 Robert P. Kelly Orthopaedic Society Meeting, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • “Sports Injuries of the Hand and Wrist” David I. Katz Presented at June 2012 Sports Medicine CME Conference, Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens, Georgia. Presented at March 2013 Georgia Sports Symposium, Athens, Georgia.
  • “Osteoporosis and the Orthopaedic Challenges of Aging” David I. Katz. Presented at February 2013 and 2014 OLLI at UGA, Athens, Georgia
  • “Hand Conditions and Workers Compensation” David I. Katz. Presented at October 2015 Workers Compensation Conference at Drew, Eckl, and Farnham, Atlanta, Georgia.

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