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philip katzSubmitted by Dr. MICHAEL ELEFF Dr. Philip Katz, who passed away on June 29, 2017, was a pillar of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba for 53 years, until ill health forced him to retire in 2016.

He graduated from the University of Manitoba Medical School in 1955, trained in psychiatry in London and New York, then returned to Winnipeg in 1963 as a child and adolescent psychiatrist.
Phil was a valued and sought-after teacher, supervisor and mentor for medical students and budding psychiatrists throughout his long career. Among his many professional contributions, he was extraordinarily active in treating troubled adolescents and youth, extending this work to Indigenous patients at a time when mainstream psychiatry did not regard these youth as amenable to “talk therapy.” His published papers in this area served to emphasize the responsibility of health care professionals to recognize that cultural differences require flexibility and creativity on the part of professionals.
Phil was also very active in a wide range of professional organizations, serving as the first (and to date, only) Canadian president of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry.
On a personal level, he and his wife Evelyn (Chavi, nee Cantor) built a home and family steeped in commitments to both the Jewish Community and the larger community. Their three children (Laurence, Jennifer and Aviva (Vivi) all have professional careers in health and education and work with marginalized and disadvantaged populations.
To honour Phil’s extraordinary professional accomplishments and to perpetuate his memory, the Max Rady College of Medicine, the Department of Psychiatry, the Katz family and Phil’s students, colleagues and friends, have joined forces to establish the Dr. Philip Katz Memorial Visiting Professorship. This will involve bringing respected academics to Winnipeg once a year to lecture on topics dear to Phil’s heart. This is especially fitting as Phil served as Director of Continuing Education in Psychiatry here from 1977 to 2009. Lecture topics will include Indigenous mental health, adolescent psychiatry and the central place of psychotherapy in psychiatric practice. The Department of Psychiatry will partner with Ongowiizmin, the Indigenous Institute for Health and Healing of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.
While the Department of Psychiatry, the University and the community have lost a true giant, we hope that this program will honour the memory of Dr. Philip Katz and extend his contributions to Manitoba and to the field of psychiatry. We plan to hold an inaugural event for this Visiting Professorship in the spring. The annual visits will be supported by an endowment being created for this purpose through the University of Manitoba. Anyone who would like to get further information on this initiative or to participate in honouring Phil Katz, may contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anyone who is interested in making a (tax-deductible) donation to the Endowment Fund in honour of Dr Philip Katz can contact Adrienne Domingo, Donor Relations, University of Manitoba, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 204-474-9195

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