Dr. Leon V. Katz, MD

Dr. Leon V. Katz, MD


Bariatric Surgery | Male | 46 years old

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Patient safety, clear communication and mutual respect provide the best outcomes in medicine.Read more

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As a doctor and a surgeon, it is my responsibility to help guide your through the challenging health related issues...Read more

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Thank you for taking the time to add a patient satisfaction evaluation.  If you feel you got great care please consider placing 5 starts.  If you feel your care was anything less then 5 stars then please call my office directly and let me know how I could do better.

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Patient Reviews (8)
in Myerstown, Pa |
Dr. Katz was very professional and took excellent care of me during the whole process. I became sick after my surgery due to the pain medication and he would not let me go home till everything was figured out. He takes the time to listen to the issues that arise and helps to problem solve with you. I'm almost at my year mark and 113 pounds later, I would recommend Dr. Katz and the Weight management center to anyone who needs assistance in their health journey.
Reading, PA |
Dr. Katz is super sweet. He has a sense of humor. Makes you feel comfortable. Willing to take his time with you to go over any questions or concerns. He will help you pick the surgery that is right for you. I had my gastric sleeve done 1/20/17. since surgery I lost 30 lbs. in 7 weeks. Not to shabby. I did lose 20lbs before surgery but that was not required by Katz. so I started at 320 and yesterday weighed in at 272. I am 35yr female. I have had no issues what so ever after surgery. thanks
Dr.Katz is an amazing Dr. Him and His team made this whole process pleasant. He is very passionate with what He does and takes time to listen to any concerns you may have. He checked on me daily while I was in recovery and called when I got home to make sure I was doing okay. I could not give him and less that 5 stars, I would rate more if that was an option.
Reinholds, PA |
Dr. Katz is an awesome doctor, very "real". He is very informative, caring and patient when you have a tons of questions! I'm forever grateful to him for giving me my life back !
in Reading, PA |
Dr Katz is an amazing doctor and surgeon ... he has an amazing bedside manner is personable and knowledgeable. Having surgery by dr. Katz was the best thing I ever did !!! He was very motivating and helped me overcome smoking and lose 75 lb in 5 months
in Pottstown, PA |
Dr. Katz was an all around excellent physician. Weight loss surgery is no an easy decision to make. He made me fell very comfortable, informed, and confident in all my decisions I made. He had excellent bedside manner that unfortunately is not seen often with todays medical professionals. I would fully recommend Dr. Katz to anyone considering weight loss surgery.
in Boyertown Pa |
I absolutely would recommend Dr Katz. He is very caring and knowledgeable. I had my sleeve surgery May 2016. No problems whatsoever just great results!! Ty! Joan T.
in Reading, PA |
Doctor Katz is the coolest surgeon and he made weightloss surgery a great experience for me. He is good at what he does!
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Dr. Katz says...

As a doctor and a surgeon, it is my responsibility to help guide your through the challenging health related issues that you may be facing.  I truly believe that this is a team approach and we will be helping each other to address the necessary problems.  I work very hard to communicate with you in a timely and straight forward manner.  In return I will ask of you to keep me informed about any pertinent changes in your health so that I can make the most timely decisions.

I am currently working at Reading Hospital in Pennsylvania where my partner and I have one of the largest experiences in utilization of the robotic technology for bariatric and intraabdominal surgery in the Northeast  

While working at Crozer Chester Medical Center, I helped introduce Robotic General and Bariatric Surgery and was appointed the director of Robotic Surgery.  This technology allows me to deliver a more precise form of surgical intervention.  While not all patients may be candidates for this minimally invasive approach, I will take the time to get to know you and your medical and surgical history so that I can tailor your treatment to your specific needs.

Working closely with my colleagues, my nurses and the hospital administrators, we were able to accomplish the lowest adverse events in United States in Bariatric Surgery according to Blue Health Intelligence, a subsidiary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield.  You can rest assured that all necessary actions will be taken to help reduce the risk of any complications that are known to occur with the respective surgical intervention.

Dr. Katz's Care Philosophy

Patient safety, clear communication and mutual respect provide the best outcomes in medicine.

Dr. Katz says...

I have special expertise in bariatric surgery.  Having performed more than 1500 bariatric surgeries in the past 14 years, I have developed the necessary expertise to provide safe care for the patient requiring bariatric surgery.  Majority of the procedures are being done in a minimally invasive manner using the DaVinci Robotic platform.

I also specialize in the treatment of hernias, specifically Hiatal Hernias and Groin Hernia and Incisional Hernias.  Utilizing the latest technology including the DaVinci robotic platform, I am able to provide a more precise approach to repairing these complex hernias.

I have been placing Peritoneal Dialysis Catheters for the last couple of years and am able to communicate directly with your nephrologist about maximizing your dialysis needs.

Dr. Katz says...

My partner and I have special interest in the use of robotic technology for all forms of intraabdominal surgeries and specifically bariatric surgery.  While no studies have shown the superiority of robotic surgery over traditional laparoscopic surgery, the robot allows me to offer more precise surgery and manipulation of my instruments.  It should be known that at times for patient safety, a surgeon may have to switch to laparoscopic or open surgery.

My expertise is focused around minimally invasive surgery and more specifically Robotic surgery.  I started a robotic program at my previous hospital and was named the Director of Robotic Surgery at Crozer Chester Medical Center.

I have worked closely with my kidney specialists and for the last few years I have been placing minimally invasive Peritoneal Dialysis Catheters in patients who choose this option over traditional hemodialysis.  

Dr. Katz says...

Thank you for taking the time to add a patient satisfaction evaluation.  If you feel you got great care please consider placing 5 starts.  If you feel your care was anything less then 5 stars then please call my office directly and let me know how I could do better.

Dr. Katz's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
  •  Board certified in General Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Pennsylvania not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Lowest Preventable Adverse Outcomes in United States per Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Health Intelligence, 02/01/2012
    • ASMBS Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery, 3/2012
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield Center of Distinction in Bariatric Surgery, 2010
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Board Certifications

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  • General Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Achalasia
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Obesity


  • Medical School
    New York University School of Medicine

    Graduated in 1996

  • Internship Hospital
    Beth Israel Med Center

    Completed in 1997

  • Residency Hospital
    Saint Barnabas Med Center

    Completed in 2002

  • Fellowship Hospital
    N Shore Lij Syosset Hospital

    Completed in 2003

  • Undergraduate School
    University of Rochester

    Graduated in 1992

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian

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  • Bariatric Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Sleeve Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Placement
  • Revision of Gastric Anastomosis or Restrictive Procedure
  • Robotic Heller Myotomy for the Treatment of Achalasia
  • Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • da Vinci® Robotic Surgery