Dr. Kevin Katz of TSO Galveston received the second lifetime achievement award to be awarded at Vision Quest. The award honors Dr. Katz’s career in optometry and further demonstrates how his talents have advanced the optometry profession in a fundamental way. Scholars, professional peers and the general public have acknowledged his accomplishments and his work has genuinely demonstrated the art of patient care.
Dr. Kevin Katz has been in Galveston since 1980. He originally went to optometry school in South Africa where he was born. He came to the United States to go to graduate school in 1976. Katz did a Masters degree in Physiological Optics with an emphasis in Clinical Optometry at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.
During that time he did original research and taught in the student clinics in addition to didactic education. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston. After living in Houston and Seattle for brief time periods he settled on the Gulf Coast and purchased Texas State Optical in Galveston in 1980.
Dr. Katz is a past chairman of the board of Texas State Optical and past president of the Texas Optometric Association. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Harris County Optometric Society. He is an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. Dr. Katz is a diplomat of the American Board of Optometry and is board certified. In February 2012 he was honored as Texas Optometrist of the Year by the Texas Optometric Association.
Dr. Katz has been involved in the Galveston community being on the boards of the Downtown Revitalization Coalition as president, Temple B’nai Israel, Gulf Coast Society to Prevent Blindness, and advisory boards of the Galveston Historical Foundation and Strand Theater. He has been a member of the Galveston Rotary Club for over 30 years and has served on the board.