James A. Katowitz, MD

James A. Katowitz, MD

James A. Katowitz, MD, is an Attending Surgeon and Director of Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Oculoplastic and orbital surgery
Locations: Main Campus
Phone: 215-590-2791


James A. Katowitz, MD, 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.

Dr. Katowitz is currently a professor of ophthalmology and director of Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He also serves as director of The Edwin and Fannie Gray Hall Center for Human Appearance at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

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.”

Among numerous leadership positions, Dr. Katowitz has served as President of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and the American College of Surgeons. He has served on the Boards of Haverford College, The Curtis Institute of Music, The Philadelphia Chamber Chorus, and Vox Amadeus Ensemble.

Education and Training

Medical School

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


Beth Israel Hospital


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


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

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services




Revere KE, Binenbaum G, Li J, Mills MD, Katowitz WR, Katowitz JA. Simultaneous versus sequential ptosis and strabismus surgery in children. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018;34(3):280-283.


Khatib L, Nazemzadeh M, Revere K, Katowitz WR, Katowitz JA. Use of the Masterka for complex nasolacrimal duct obstruction in children. J AAPOS. 2017;21(5):380-383.

Avery RA, Katowitz JA, Fisher MJ, Heidary G, Dombi E, Packer RJ, Widemann BC; OPPN Working Group. Orbital/periorbital plexiform neurofibromas in children with neurofibromatosis type 1: multidisciplinary recommendations for care. Ophthalmology. 2017;124(1):123-132.


Revere KE, Katowitz WR, Katowitz JA, Rorke-Adams L, Fisher MJ, Liu GT. Childhood optic nerve glioma: vision loss due to biopsy. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Apr 4.


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.