Mark A. Katz, M.D.

Dr. Katz is a board certified
Orthopaedic Surgeon with fellowship training in
Hand, Wrist, Elbow, and Microvascular Surgery.

Medical Practice History:

Dr. Mark A. Katz, M.D. has been practicing as a specialist in Orthopaedic Hand, Wrist, Elbow, and Microvascular Surgery since 2001. Prior to joining Michael M. Heckman, M.D. in 2012, Dr. Katz was a partner in the Hand Center of San Antonio, founded by David P. Green, M.D., since 2004. While at the Hand Center, Dr. Katz was involved in the teaching and training of Hand Surgery Fellows, physicians who seek an additional year of specialty fellowship training in Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery. Before coming to San Antonio in 2004, Dr. Katz was in solo practice in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Princeton, New Jersey regions and served as a surgical consultant within the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Background & Formal Education:Back to the top

Born in Radford, Virginia, Dr. Katz moved around the South, including West Virginia and New Orleans, during his youth before his family settled in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region. Dr. Katz then pursued his undergraduate education in New England at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and excelled in varsity football as an Academic All-American linebacker. He received numerous football honors including scholar-athlete awards from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston as a Nils V. “Swede” Nelson recipient, the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, and the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. READ MORE.

Fellowship Training & Specialty Interests: Back to the top

Following his Orthopaedic Surgery residency, Dr. Katz continued his upper extremity training with a fellowship in Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina under the direction of James R. Urbaniak, M.D., Richard D. Goldner, M.D., James A. Nunley II, M.D., and L. Scott Levin, M.D.  Dr. Katz specializes in the treatment of various conditions of hand, wrist, and elbow including nerve compression syndromes, arthritis, tendon lacerations or ruptures, ligament injuries, nerve and artery lacerations, sports injuries, and fractures of the upper extremity in all ages of patients. Dr. Katz also offers endoscopic carpal tunnel release, performs total joint replacement arthroplasty for the hand, wrist, and elbow, and has particular interest in treating complex wrist and elbow fractures and fracture-dislocations. Considered an expert in the treatment of complex distal radius fractures of the wrist, Dr. Katz consults for orthopaedic device companies on the design and development of implant products used for fixation of distal radius fractures. He also participates in teaching Orthopaedic Surgeons at instructional workshops for techniques in fixation of distal radius fractures. READ MORE.

Board Certification & Society Membership:Back to the top

Dr. Katz received his board certification in Orthopeadic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2003 and obtained the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand (formerly Certificate of Added Qualification) in 2007. He is a fellow member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) and a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH).

Clinical Appointments:Back to the top

Dr. Katz has an academic appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopeadic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio. He has lectured yearly to the Fellows and Residents on topics including extensor tendon injuries, flexor tendon injuries, and distal radius fractures.  As a partner of Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio, Dr. Katz serves on the Governing Board and the Professional Standards Committee for the hospital.

Hobbies & Interests:Back to the top

Mark has enjoyed remaining very involved in sports including softball, baseball, and football together with his children and wife. He is actively playing baseball in the Men’s Senior Baseball League of San Antonio and enjoys coaching alongside his wife, a former fastpitch softball pitcher for the University of North Carolina Tarheels. Mark still enjoys weight training and has become passionate about snowboarding along with his kids. READ MORE.