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Dr. Joshua Katz

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Rockville, MD
29 years experience

Locations

Office

Rockville, MD

Address

9715 Medical Center Drive , Suite 233, Rockville, MD
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About

Bio

Joshua A. Katz is the Director of Montgomery Colorectal Surgery LLC. Dr Katz is board certified in both general surgery and in colon and rectal surgery . Prior to founding this practice, Dr Katz was an assistant professor and attending surgeon at the George Washington University Medical Center from July 2002 to August 2006. A double major in chemistry and biology, Dr. Katz graduated from Yale University cum laude. He obtained his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and completed a residency in general surgery at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center. He also completed a Research Fellowship at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He then completed his clinical training with a Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida, and served an additional year as Clinical Associate for the Department of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Katz’s professional memberships include the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, the Medical Advisory Boards of the Crohns and Colitis Foundation. Dr. Katz serves on the Web site Committee for the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the Education Committee for the American College of Gastroenterology. In addition, he sits on the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse Coordination Panel. An expert in Colon and Rectal surgery, Dr. Katz’s scientific publications can be found in Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery, Archives of Surgery, American Journal of Physiology, American Journal of Health -System Pharmacy. He has authored patient information and education packets titled “Understanding Colorectal Cancer Screening,” “Surgery for Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” “Familial Adenomatous Polyposis,” “Colorectal Diseases,” “Fecal Incontinence,” “Ask the Doctor,” and “What’s Up Down There.” Dr. Katz is a frequent speaker upon surgery for inflammatory bowel diseases, colorectal cancer, functional bowel disease and anorectal diseases.

Specialties
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Colon and Rectal Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Anal Fistula: Anal fistula can cause pain, bleeding, discharge and infection. They should be evaluated and treated by a surgeon skilled and comfortable with anorec... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Fecal Incontinence: Know you are not alone, and this problem is quite common and quite treatable. You need to see a colorectal surgeon and be evaluated. Start by eating... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Constipation: Peritonitis is usually an emergency resulting from a rupture of the stomach or intestine. It often requires emergency surgery and can lead to scarrin... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
RECTOURETHRAL: This is one of the most feared, and thankfully rare complications of radiation therapy, external or with seeds. It can occur also in response to treat... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Loss of Appetite: Loss of appetite has many causes. Digestive system problems are but one. If this persists more than 1 week or if you experience weight loss, then yo... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Specific risks of fistula surgery include pain, bleeding, infection, urinary retention, incontinence, and recurrence. These risk must be weighed agai... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
External Hemorrhoids: External hemorrhoids can be treated medically or by surgical excision. Surgery can be done under general or local anesthesia and is painful. I recomm... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Laxatives: This is a loaded question. Start by defining exactly what you mean by constipation, and keeping a journal of what happens daily. Laxatives may or may... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Constipation: Constipation refers to inability to pass stool, having to strain to pass stool, or passing hard stools. It is a function of diet, water intake, medi... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Healthy Habits: Constipation should be treated intially by examining your daily habits. Most individuals will benefit from 1. Eating regular meals at the same time ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Constipation: Best initial therapy is fiber, (metamucil, konsyl, citrucel, benefiber), drinking more water (at least 1 liter per day) and exercise. If this does no... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Yes. Not all cancers arise in polyps, though many do.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
No but..: Hemorrhoids are not related to cancer and will not cause cancer. However, patients with colorectal cancer have symptoms frequently attributed to hemo... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Weight Loss: Unexplained weight loss of more than 5% of total body weight is not normal and should prompt a visit to your doctor. It can come from many sources, n... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Mind-Gut: There is a clear mind-gut connection. Many people experience abdominal symptoms at times of stress and anxiety. This may be in part due to a change ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Constipation: Change in bowel habits, either diarrhea or constipation can occur with pregnancy. Most critical to bowel function is eating regularly and following a ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids should be treated first with fiber, fluids, and miralax (polyethylene glycol). Most symptoms should respond to a healthy diet and regular... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Hemorrhoids: The question here is what actually bothers you? Underwear cannot cause internal hemorrhoids to prolapse, but it can irritate perianal skin. Accumula... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Abdominal Pain: This needs to be evaluated by a medical doctor or surgeon. You need to have a history, and physical, and then appropriate tests. Please seek medical... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Constipation: At minimum, you should see a doctor and have a colonoscopy. If this test is normal, then the question is what exactly are your symptoms, and what is ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Constipation: Women tend to have a wider pelvis and a shorter trunk than men. They also have a more complex hormonal cycle, and give birth. They also experience ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Colorectal Cancer: Otherwise healthy individuals should have a screening colonoscopy at age 50. Findings dictate subsequent followup. Individuals with a first degree r... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Fissure and Fistula: A fissure is a tear in the anal canal lining caused by straining, and hard stools. It is treated medically or surgically. A fistula is abnormal commu... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Anal Fistulas: Yes. Fistula are treated by evaluation under anesthesia, anoscopy, digital exam and proctoscopy. The first step is to determine the locations of th... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
IBD, IBS: These are three totally different conditions. Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune connective tissue disorder. Ibd (inflammatory b... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Diet and Hemorrhoids: Eating fresh fruit and vegetable is a good start. Of equal importance is the development of healthy eating habits- two liters of water per day, regula... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Not really: Laxative use should be directed by your doctor. Needing laxatives for more than two days should prompt a visit to your doctor.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
None: It is far better to see you doctor than to self medicate there are many different possilbilities and degrees of severity.
A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Colonoscopy: In most cases colonoscopy is better than barium enema. Ask your physician why this test is being ordered instead of a colonoscopy.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Hemorrhoid Surgery: How painful a surgery is depends on many factors. The first question is why are you having surgery? What symptoms do you have? What is the impact o... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Katz is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Katz is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Feb 4, 2012
thanks
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, NY
Graduated 1993MD
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