Donald G. Katz, 50, a dental surgeon renowned for his expertise in cosmetic dentistry, died Jan. 14. He was a resident of Richboro.
Katz, who grew up in Northeast Philadelphia, earned a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in dental surgery from Temple University. He received numerous student honors.
To help make his patients feel comfortable at his practice on Bustleton Avenue in the Northeast, Katz provided them with apples, coffee and soup when they arrived. He also equipped his chairs with massagers, televisions, DVD players and iPods.
His achievements span a range of academic and professional activities. From 1981 to 1988, he was a clinical instructor at the Temple University School of Dentistry. He gave lectures on cosmetic dentistry, and authored articles in dental journals.
As a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry PEAK program, Katz presented advanced cosmetic cases to a small group of cutting-edge dentists. He appeared on network television as an expert in cosmetic dentistry, and was interviewed by Newsweek, Philadelphia magazine and other national publications.
He was a member of several professional organizations, including the American and Pennsylvania dental associations, and the Eastern Dental Society, where he served as president.
Katz was honored with many awards in his field, including a mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry, an honor given to fewer than 1 percent of dentists, and was included in the 2004-2005 edition of The Best Dentists in America.
He was nominated as a Fellow to the International Team of Implantology in Basel, Switzerland in 2005.
He was a talented photographer, skier and tennis player. He earned a pilot's license in 1983.
Katz is survived by his wife, the former Alicia Boehm; parents Myron and Sandra Katz; son Andrew Katz; sister Debra Corwin; and a niece and nephew.