James A. Katowitz, MD

James A. Katowitz, MD, is an attending surgeon and director of Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    James A. Katowitz, MD, emeritus professor of ophthalmology and director of Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has been an attending surgeon at the Hospital for more than four decades. He has helped to develop the Division of Ophthalmology into one of the leading pediatric ophthalmology centers in the country. He also serves as director of The Edwin and Fannie Gray Hall Center for Human Appearance at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

    Dr. Katowitz is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to England for specialty training in cornea and oculoplastic surgery at The Queen Victoria Hospital in Sussex and at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital in London. He returned to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology.

    He has authored over 100 articles and chapters and edited several books on oculoplastic subjects, including the first major textbook on children’s oculoplastic disorders, “Pediatric Oculoplastic Surgery.”

    Dr. Katowitz was responsible for developing the Oculoplastic and Orbital Services at The Scheie Eye Institute and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He also began a joint fellowship program with both hospitals sponsored by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). He has since trained 21 ASOPRS fellows, many of whom have assumed academic leadership positions in the United States. Dr. Katowitz has also trained numerous international fellows who have returned to their home countries to manage oculoplastic disorders.

    Among numerous leadership positions, Dr. Katowitz has served as President of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He was the recipient of the Orkan Stasior Leadership Award from this society, as well as the Wendell Hughes Lectureship Award presented jointly with the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Katowitz is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the American College of Surgeons, and the Philadelphia College of Physicians.

    He has served on the boards of Haverford College, The Curtis Institute of Music, the Vox Amadeus Ensemble and The Philadelphia Chamber Chorus, where he has also frequently performed as a baritone soloist.

    Dr. Katowitz is married to Dr. Carol Rocamora. They have three sons, William, Jeffrey and David; two daughters-in-law, Nicole and MaryAnn; and five grandchildren, Joshua, Ethan, Julia, Gabriel and Leo.

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

    Internship

    Beth Israel Hospital

    Residency

    Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

    Fellowship

    Cornea and oculoplastic surgery - Queen Victoria Hospital, Sussex; Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
    Pediatric ophthalmology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    American Board of Ophthalmology

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Surgeon

  • Centers and Programs
  • Publications

    Papers

    Lane KA, Anninger WV, Katowitz JA. Expanding the phenotype of a neurofibromatosis type 1-like syndrome: a patient with SPRED1 mutation and orbital manifestations: retraction. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Mar-Apr;26(2):145. No abstract available.