Ralph V. Katz, DMD, MPH, PhD, FACE (Professor and former and founding Chair, Department of Epidemiology & Health Promotion, NYU College of Dentistry), is an epidemiologist who has focused on the study of oral diseases and of health disparities over his 40-year academic career. He served as the Director of two NIH-funded oral health research centers focused on health disparities and minority health for the better part of two decades, between 1992-2009 and served as the Director of NIH-funded NYU Postdoctoral T32 Training Programs (first in Cariology, then in Oral Epidemiology) for over 30 years (1979-2012). In 1981 he initiated the first graduate program in geriatric dentistry in the U.S., and in 2001 began the first MS in Clinical Research Program in a U.S. dental school. Having served on the U.S. National Legacy Committee which initiated the formal request for a Presidential apology, he was an invitee to the White House by President Clinton for the May 1997 Presidential Apology for the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. He currently is a Visiting Scholar and a member on the External Board of Advisors at the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Healthcare at Tuskegee University. He has conducted collaborative research in Haiti for the past 30 years, working with the Haitian Health Foundation in Jeremie, Haiti and with the University of Haiti Dental School which included the 1st national oral health study in Haiti, a major inter-university collaborative project funded by PAHO.