York Professor Joel Katz earns ‘World Expert’ title in postoperative pain research

York University Professor Joel Katz has been recognized as a ‘World Expert’ in postoperative pain research by Expertscape, an online database that works to objectively rank individuals and institutions by their expertise in more than 27,000 biomedical topics.

Joel Katz
Joel Katz

Katz, a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and Canada Research Chair in Health Psychology, focuses his research on risk and protective factors for chronic pain in children and adults. He has contributed to more than 280 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters, 150 invited addresses and presentations and more than 350 abstracts/conference proceedings. Katz has also held major national funding over his career.

At York University, Katz runs the Human Pain Mechanisms Lab. He is also the research director of the Pain Research Unit at the Toronto General Hospital.

His research contributions have been recognized with many awards, including the Canadian Psychological Association’s Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science, and the Canadian Pain Society Distinguished Career Award. He is also a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Earlier this year, Katz was recognized with a prestigious honour by the American Psychological Association (APA) for his contributions to pain research, and was named a Fellow of Division 53, the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) of the APA.

Expertscape’s algorithms placed Katz in the top 0.1 per cent of scholars writing about postoperative pain over the past 10 years. The experts listed by Expertscape are those who have demonstrated their expertise and knowledge of a field by writing articles that are published in the medical literature.

The experts are ranked according to the quality and quantity of their publications. Expertscape examines all medical publications that are indexed in the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database. It ranks the expertise of each author according to the number and type of articles that each expert has authored on the specific condition, disease, or treatment.