New York Women in Film & Television mourns the loss of long-time NYWIFT Member, Dr. Sheila Moriber Katz, who passed away from complications of Parkinson’s disease on September 10th at her home in Gladwyne, PA.
Dr. Katz was a celebrated pathologist, former dean of Hahnemann University School of Medicine, innovative business owner, author, poet, lecturer, and mentor. An assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Hahnemann in 1976, Dr. Katz is cited as the first person to actually see the deadly bacteria that causes what came to be known as Legionnaires’ disease.
She was also executive director of a 1999 White House medical commission under President Bill Clinton and medical consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Institutes of Health. She was a member, trustee, and on the board of directors of many medical organizations and firms, and founded her own company, NewMedicine, in 2000.
Dr. Katz and her husband lived in Gladwyne and had son Jonathan and daughter Sara. She was a published poet and credited her husband with supporting her eclectic arts career outside the home. He died in 2014. Dr Katz is survived by her children, as well as six grandchildren, a brother, and other relatives.