Debra K. Katzman, MD, FRCP (C)

Dr. Debra Katzman is a Professor of Pediatrics, in the Department of Pediatrics and University of Toronto (UofT) and Senior Associate Scientist at the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). In addition, she is a Member of the Institute of Medicine at the UofT.

Dr. Katzman co-established the Eating Disorders Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1993 and was the Director of the Eating Disorders Program from 1993-2012.  She was the Head of the Division of Adolescent Medicine SickKids from 2004-2012.   Dr. Katzman is the Course Director for Health Science Research in the Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Toronto. 

Dr. Katzman is the Past- President of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) and the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED).  She was the Chair of AED’s Scientific Committee. She is a Fellow of the SAHM and AED. Dr.  Katzman is the Chair of Past President’s Council at SAHM and SAHM Board Member. She is a member of the DSM Review Committee for Body Systems Disorders (Feeding and Eating, Elimination, Sleep-Wake, Sexual Dysfunction, Gender Dysphoria).  Dr. Katzman is also the Immediate Past Chair of Specialty Committee for Adolescent Medicine and the Chair of the Examination Committee at the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada.

The focus of Dr. Katzman’s research program has been to study and understand the unique physiologic and developmental issues in children and adolescent with eating disorders. She has been particularly interested in the medical complications associated with pediatric eating disorders; in particular osteoporosis, brain structure and function, and amenorrhea. New research priorities include exploration and improvement in the current diagnostic classification system for early-onset eating disorders and the investigation of effective treatments for children and adolescents with eating disorders. 

Dr. Katzman has published over 150 articles, abstracts, book chapters, and editorials. Dr. Katzman co-edited a book for parents on eating disorders, “Help for Eating Disorder: A Parent’s Guide to Symptoms, Causes and Treatment”.  In addition, she is the senior associate editor for the adolescent medicine textbook, “Adolescent and Young Adult Health Care: A Practical Guide 6th edition”.  Dr. Katzman is on the editorial board of the Journal of Adolescent Health and the International Journal of Eating Disorders.  Dr. Katzman was the recipient of the 2012 McMaster University Alumni Award and the 2013 Academy for Eating Disorders’ Leadership Award for Clinical, Administrative or Educational Service.  She was elected as a member of the 2014 American Pediatric Society (APS).