The James A. Katowitz Endowed Lectureship was established in 2013 as a tribute to Dr. Katowitz’s contributions to the field of ophthalmology and oculoplastic surgery during his 45-year career. Under his direction, the CHOP oculoplastic services gained expertise in caring for a broad range of conditions including congenital tearing, ptosis, craniofacial defects, orbital tumors, orbital trauma and many others. His expertise and comprehensive approach affords CHOP the reputation as one of the leading pediatric oculoplastic centers around the world.
On April 29, 2016, the second Katowitz endowed lectureship featured keynote speaker Dr. Timothy Sullivan, FRCOphth, from Brisbane, Australia. This full-day orbital tumor symposium provided a unique experience for ophthalmologists, oculoplastic surgeons, oncologists, pediatricians, optometrists and other pediatric healthcare providers.
As we continue to honor Dr. Katowitz’s career, we plan to continue to host these lectureships every third year. Dr. Katowitz is in the process of editing his seminal book, “Pediatric Oculoplastic Surgery,” which will be published this year.