February 15, 1923 - May 2, 2013
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Boris Catz, beloved physician, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on May 2, 2013. Dr. Catz was an endocrinologist and thyroid specialist and Clinical Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. He was a pioneer in the field of clinical endocrinology for more than 60 years and was widely recognized for his innovative treatments of myxedema coma and exophthalmos. Among his many accomplishments was his pioneering work with Samuel Perzik in the development of total thyroidectomy for the treatment of hyperthyroidism, cancer, multinodular goiter, and chronic thyroiditis not responsive to medical management. In addition, while collaborating with Franz Bauer, Dr. Catz was the first to recommend total thyroidectomy and treatment with radioactive iodine for exophthalmos and Graves' disease. He authored two editions of the book "Thyroid Case Studies" and contributed numerous articles on thyroidology to medical journals. In 1985, the Boris Catz Thyroid Lectureship was established in his honor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. It recognized Dr. Catz for his devotion to the care of patients, his role as an educator and model for training clinicians, and for his contributions as an original thinker, pioneer and leader in establishing novel therapies for diseases of the thyroid. The American Thyroid Association awarded him the Certificate of Distinguished Service in 2002. In addition to being Emeritus at Cedars-Sinai and the University of Southern California, he continued to maintain a private practice on a part-time basis until two weeks ago. He is predeceased by his wife, Rebecca Schecter. He is survived by his loving family: Judith, Dinah Titcher (Rob), Sarah, Robert,10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Services, Monday, May 6, 2013 at 2pm at Hillside Memorial Park Mortuary. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Boris Catz Thyroid Lectureship Fund, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 8700 Beverly Blvd., #2416, West Hollywood, CA 90048. (323) 866-2914
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 4 to May 5, 2013