by Jasmine Batchelor
May 29, 2019
Senior National Medical Director, Behavioral Health,
Debra Katz, MD is a Senior National Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Optum. Her areas of expertise include Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and mental health care for special populations. She has expertise in the area of providing health care to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Serious Mental Illness.
Prior to taking on her current role, Dr. Katz served as Regional Medical Director for Optum’s public sector behavioral health programs managed out of the Houston Care Advocacy Center. She joined OHBS (formerly UBH) in 2004. Before that she worked as the Medical Director for Child and Adolescent Services at the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority (MHMRA) of Harris County, TX.
Dr. Katz holds both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Medical Degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She also has specialty certifications in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from The Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Katz is a licensed physician in the state of Texas.