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Adam Katz, MD

Adam Katz, MD, is a professor of surgery in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He completed a residency in plastic surgery, a research fellowship, and his general surgery residency training at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He earned his medical degree at the University of Michigan.

Prior to joining UF, he was an associate professor at the University of Virginia, where he directed the department of plastic surgery’s Laboratory of Applied Developmental Plasticity. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

At the UF College of Medicine, Adam Katz, MD, and his team are working in the laboratory to explore whether they can prompt the body to heal wounds faster and with less scarring. Their starting point is the patient’s own fat. The researchers extract “a particular cell fraction from a patient’s fat and then combine it with other biological components to create a novel wound healing therapy that essentially ‘recycles’ a patient’s own excess fat tissue into a sophisticated but personalized bioactive adhesive bandage,” Katz said.

Katz’s other project, aimed at making existing scars look and “feel” better, involves removing fat tissue from one part of a patient’s body using liposuction techniques, and injecting it under a scar at another site. Katz and his team are currently testing this potential procedure, called fat grafting, through a clinical trial funded by the U.S. Department of Defense under the first phase of the AFIRM program. The trial has sites at UF Health and at Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, Texas.