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The Author: Rajani Katta, MD

Updated: Feb 6

Dr. Rajani Katta is a nationally recognized expert in dermatology and allergic contact dermatitis, she has extensively researched how diet can affect the skin and the body’s overall health. Her advice on skin care and diet has been published in many magazines and newspapers, including the Oprah Magazine, Prevention, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Men’s Health, and the Dr. Oz magazine. She has been interviewed as a dermatology expert on the ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox networks, as well as NPR and multiple radio stations.

Committed to furthering the understanding of skin disease, Dr. Katta has authored over 70 scientific articles and chapters in prestigious publications, including the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. She has also been honored to serve on the Review Panels for the Archives of Dermatology, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, and American Family Physician. She is an accomplished speaker, and has lectured frequently at national meetings of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Contact Dermatitis Society. She has also spoken at such institutions as the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Southern California.

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Dr. Katta served as Professor of Dermatology at the Baylor College of Medicine for over 17 years, during which time she oversaw the dermatology basic science education of over 2,500 medical students. She is an award-winning educator, and the author of 6 highly acclaimed books on medical student success. She continues to mentor and teach the next generation of physicians as a clinical faculty member at both the Baylor College of Medicine and the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Houston. For her dedication to excellence in patient care, teaching, and research, she has been the recipient of multiple awards, including the Sulzberger Institute for Dermatologic Education Grant and the Fulbright and Jaworski Faculty Excellence Award. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Phi Beta Kappa, and has been named to the Texas Super Doctors® list.

Dr. Katta’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Everything is hard before it’s easy, so be persistent.

Number 2: Learn from everyone around you: supervisors, colleagues, coworkers, subordinates, and patients all have something to teach you if you’re open to learning from them.

Number 3: Ask yourself often and at any point in your career, “what is it that I want to spend your time learning about?”

Number 4: Live an anti-inflammatory life by spending time with friends, or in nature, or really focusing on the foods you’re eating, or how you’re going to incorporate physical activity into your daily life.

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Notable quotes from Dr. Katta’s interview:

(on a mentor) And she was just a fabulous educator and clinician, and just the way she spoke to her patients, and really be patient education, the core of what she was doing. I was really drawn to that.
I think a lot of people, when they’re thinking about developing an academic niche, imagine the straight line, but your interests kind of wind a little bit. It’s really how do you translate the science to the dinner plate for your patient? That was the impetus to me studying culinary medicine, and I’m trying to really utilize that training in how I speak to my patients.
I love the idea of how can I take all of this science that I’ve been writing about in medical journals and translate that into really practical recommendations that people can use?
I loved being in academics and I especially loved working with the medical students. But after I had written a number of books, I realized I really wanted to focus even more on that aspect of my career with medical student education, but also with patient education and reaching the general public more. So that was really the impetus for me to make a change from full-time academics to a private practice…

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