• Meet Mike
  • Healing America
  • Civil Rights
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Climate Change
  • Workforce

Meet Mike

Mike Katz was born in Hartford, CT on January 16, 1962, the youngest of three children. Growing up in Madison, CT, his Dad owned a cleaning company and his Mom was the editor of the town newspaper. He graduated from Daniel Hand High School where he was a three time varsity football letterman and student council president. Mike then graduated from Bates College with a degree in economics and earned his Medical degree and MBA in international business from Georgetown University.  He completed his anesthesia residency at Maine Medical Center and his pediatric anesthesia fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School before joining the faculty/staff at duPont Hospital for Children.

He married his wife Trish in 1987 and they have three children Abigail, Emily and Sander. Mike has received numerous state and national leadership and service awards recognizing his work through state medical societies and the American Medical Association. He is a former Delaware State Senator where he chaired the Administrative Services/Elections Committee, and served on the Education, Energy, and Small Business Committees.

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A Life of Service

Dr. Mike KatzMike Katz has spent thousands of hours in the operating room managing the care of tens of thousands of patients over the course of his career as a surgeon and anesthesiologist. They come from all walks of life, from the tiniest infants to frail centenarians, wealthy to the very poor living under a bridge, and immigrants from CEOs to the woman mopping the floors. They may appear to be starkly different, but they share something more important—their humanity. And when they are facing surgery, they share the fear that they will not see their loved ones again, Mike has been there with a steady hand, explaining the risks and the procedures taken to manage those risks to the patient and their family. He never lost a patient in his 18 years in the operating room.

To Mike, the divisiveness in our country right now is like a cancer eating away at the body of our nation. And to address the critical issues we face, like access to healthcare and climate change, we must come together like the team that gathers in the operating room, guided by the values of honesty and integrity.

Mike is a physician, entrepreneur, family man and man of faith. Throughout his life Mike has always looked for ways to help other people—from helping his dad clean offices when he was eight years old to getting legislation passed to allow leftover food from cafeterias and organizations to be donated to the needy in the community instead of being thrown away.

Early Beginnings

Growing up in a working-class family in Connecticut, Mike saw medicine as the best way he could help others. After graduating from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1989 Mike moved into pediatric anesthesiology with a fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Boston Children’s Hospital, followed by clinical and teaching roles at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. Mike and his wife, Trish, started a family and settled into the community.

Mike Katz in the Operating Room

Anxieties run high with any prospect of surgery, but when it is a child the anxiety of the parents is through the roof. There was a one-year-old girl in the ICU who had a very large mass in her neck that was obstructing her airway. When she was brought into the operating room her throat was practically closed. There was one chance to insert the air tube that would save her life—and it had to be done while she was awake. Her parents were huddled in the waiting area, worried and fearful. When Mike approached and said, “We got it in,” they cried. He didn’t know them before that moment but years later he saw the little girl, who had been given a chance to live.

Making an Impact

After years in the operating room Mike Katz began tackling broader issues that affected patient care. Hospitals—especially operating rooms—can be terribly inefficient. He took on more management roles at DuPont, conducting a series of studies that focused on ways to improve patient care while optimizing hospital resources. In 2000 he received an M.B.A. from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. The healthcare industry was undergoing tremendous change at the time, with new technologies and medications offering opportunities to rethink how medical services were delivered.

The following year he took the advantage of these developments and founded an anesthesiology services company as a complement to the newly emerging outpatient surgery centers. Patients love coming to the centers. The waiting room is calmer, they can park outside, and each patient is attended to from the moment they walk in until they head home. Mike built and managed the business, growing it to provide perioperative care to more than 30,000 patients a year.

Public Service

In 2008 Mike won a seat in Delaware’s State Senate, where he worked to root out corruption and make government work for the best interests of the state’s citizens. In the face of stiff opposition, he pushed through his committee a bill to legalize LGBTQ civil unions making Delaware one of first states to pass a civil union bill. Bucking many in power he restructured the Delaware Health Information Network, a searchable database of patient medical records and history, whose administration was rampantly corrupt into a self-sustaining public-private partnership.

Beau and MikeWhen a Delaware pediatrician who had molested children as young as three months old was prosecuted the state legislature went into overdrive to toughen oversight of the state's medical practitioners, Mike provided valuable input as the only physician in the General Assembly and served as the liaison to the medical community. After passing a package of bills, Delaware was ranked first in the nation for comprehensive legal protections for patients, especially children.

Bill Signing

Mike negotiated an agreement between Delaware and Pennsylvania that solved a long-standing infrastructure problem, confronted entrenched politicians about conflicts of interest, and wrote the bills to protect the Brandywine National Scenic Byway and expand Delaware’s New Economy Jobs Program.

Near Tragedy

On December 28, 2010, while skiing in Maine with his family, the cable on the chairlift Mike was riding slipped off the track. He plunged to the ground. His daughters, who were in the chair behind him, also fell. He and his daughter Abigail were taken down the mountain in a sled. He thought he had a torn aorta. Lying on the ground he could only think of his family. On the phone with his wife he reported “not doing well,” and instructed her to get the girls to the hospital. He sustained injuries to his spine, a head injury, punctured lung, blood in his chest, and massive bruising all over his body. His daughter Abigail had multiple fractures to her spine; both she and her sister Emily had head injuries. It took three months of healing and rehabilitation before his daughters could return to school. Despite his own injuries Mike was back in the Senate by the third week in January.

Everything Michael Katz has done has been a fight. The fight for his life only made him more thankful for his family and aware that every day is a gift. Recognizing the importance of family, Mike and Trish have always made it the priority to have dinner together as a family.

How do you Heal America?

Start with the right people and the right policies.

America’s founders foresaw the formation of a more perfect union. In declaring “we the people”, they saw that working together as one nation, no matter your political view - was the path to achieving it.  
It’s true that as a nation, we face many profound problems, and they can’t be solved with tweets and campaign rallies.

Well conceived policies and their effective implementation are essential to bring our country back from the brink and repair the damage – domestic and international - done by the current administration.

Multi-partisan governing

Governments are made up of human beings from across the spectrum of political belief, so turning proposals into law requires solid working relationships with people you disagree with.

Mike believes nothing will get done until we correct a basic problem: we must talk to each other, not shout at each other. We must work with each other and respect our differences, not fight over them.

From the first day of his presidency, Mike Katz will lead America back to civility, inclusion and compassion, in government and beyond.

He will place a high priority on quickly establishing effective multi-partisan working relationships between the executive and legislative branches of government, including his own personal relationships with the leadership of all parties.

We deserve no less from our president.

100 days, five policy proposals

Working with Congressional leadership and a professionally staffed Executive branch, Mike will present a program to Congress within the first 100 days of his administration that addresses five core policy areas.

Delivering on the Promise of Civil Rights For All

Fifty-six years after Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the promise of civil rights for every American remains unfulfilled.

True civil rights are grounded in the principles of civility and respect, in compassion and empathy, principles that Mike fully embraces and will fight for as president.

Although significant progress has been made, recent years have provided clear and compelling evidence - including egregious breaches within the criminal justice system and through voter suppression - that we have a long way to go before genuine civil rights are commonplace.

100 days to move America forward on civil rights

Mike’s 100-day civil rights plan will provide a comprehensive blueprint to fully deliver on America’s promise of equality for all, focusing on reform of the criminal justice system, immigration and election laws, transforming America’s healthcare and education systems, and workforce modernization.

Transforming America’s Healthcare System

Universal healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Regardless of race, religion, socio-economic background or geographic location, every American has the right to live a healthy life.

As a physician, Mike sees the interrelationship between our failure to provide quality lifelong healthcare and many of America’s most entrenched problems. An unhealthy early childhood starts many of us down the path of lower income, poorer education and economic hurdles that those with better healthcare do not encounter. 

Improving the health system is essential if we are to continue to treat those who need care and ensure that high quality affordable care will be there for our children and grandchildren.

What’s wrong with modern medicine?

America’s health system is broken.

Today’s modern medicines, highly educated nurses and physicians, complex technologies and disparate hospital systems provide poorly coordinated, highly inefficient and expensive care.

The system is exceptionally good at caring for the very sick, injured and dying. But it’s poorly equipped to promote the healthy lifestyles that produce healthier people.

It financially rewards hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical and technology companies for maximizing their sales, instead of rewarding the delivery of quality care that costs less and keeps people healthy.

Critics focus on these symptoms but the real problem is that the system is built on a fundamentally flawed business structure. And so far, no one is addressing that.

How will Mike fix it? Integrated national health systems, population health management

As a pediatric anesthesiologist and citizen-legislator, Mike knows first-hand the promise of modern medicine: he has transformed countless lives through his own medical skills.

But he also sees the financial devastation that fulfilling that promise can cause.

And as a former Democratic State Senator, he knows how difficult it can be to find political common ground on an issue as contentious as healthcare reform.

It’s time for America’s healthcare system to be transformed into fully integrated national health systems that focus on population health management.

That would eliminate insurance company middlemen and let individuals and employers buy comprehensive coverage directly from the national health systems.

Integrated systems would make healthcare more efficient and eliminate duplication of services while providing high quality coordinated care.

Every community is different. Healthcare should be tailored to specific community needs and managed through national population health initiatives. Population health management can improve the health of an entire population by addressing the specific factors that influence its health. 

Consolidated and integrated health systems are best equipped to manage population health because they can deploy their advanced flagship hospital talent and resources to rural and remote communities.

100 days to start healing our healthcare system

Mike’s Universal American Healthcare 100-day plan will transform America’s health system to ensure that every person has access to high quality affordable healthcare.

Transforming America’s Education System

In Brown vs. the Board of Education, the Supreme Court stated "it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right that must be available to all on equal terms."

In the United States, the right to a good education begins at birth. But for millions, that right goes unfulfilled.

Education is closely related to health. In the first 24 months of life, the human brain develops faster than at any other time in life, but we do not provide sufficient education for infants and small children to encourage full brain development. That means they enter the education system already behind.

Exposing a child to an early education gives a child a step up the ladder. Kids who grow up in an affluent family have a great advantage because they have more early childhood education opportunities. But children whose parents cannot afford early education are handicapped from the start.

Early education in quality, well planned and well structured programs has a positive impact on a child’s long-term success and produces a strong return on the money invested.

Mike’s 100 day plan

Mike’s plan will refocus our educational system to dramatically increase early childhood education.

The American Education Starting at Birth plan will ensure that every child has a world-class age-appropriate education, regardless of zip code, beginning on the first day of life. Potential parents will be given prenatal education on how to have a healthy baby and on the skills they will need to be a supportive, nurturing and loving parent.

Arresting and Reversing Global Climate Change

The world’s climate is in a death spiral. The top five hottest years on record have been in the last ten years. Despite some politicians arguing otherwise, scientists around the world agree that our accelerating warming climate is due to human greenhouse gas emissions. 

Around the world, the weather has become more extreme, with more intense and frequent storms, heat waves, droughts, wild fires and flooding that are affecting natural habitats, animal populations, ocean warming, and sea level rise. They are beginning to threaten human life.

Mike's 100 day plan

Mike’s Clean Energy 100-day plan will provide a blueprint for the United States to transition to a 100% clean energy economy. The plan will generate robust job creation and economic opportunities. It will clearly position the United States as the world leader in clean energy technology and in services that will be exported throughout the world economy.

The Great American Workforce Revolution

The rapidly advancing technologies of robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence is changing the future of work in America. Automation has been a primary driver of America’s twentieth century upward economic mobility as machines and automation drove job creation and economic growth, and elevated living standards.

Today’s rapid convergence of new technologies places workers at high risk of job loss as they are required to retool their knowledge and skill sets in order to remain relevant in the new economy.

Rapid displacement of the workforce by new technologies can exacerbate America’s growing income inequality and social divisions. Partnerships between private industry and the federal government must commit to working together to provide workers support and educational resources to ensure that workers are able to transition to new economy jobs. Providing a stable transition for workers and communities will strengthen the U.S. economy and accelerate its leadership in the world economy.

Mike’s 100 day plan

The Great American Workforce Revolution 100 Day plan will provide a blue print for workers, employers and the federal government to advance America’s workforce security, opportunity and prosperity.

Work force skills training programs and support during career transitions will enable America’s workers to develop high value skills to meet the needs for a clean energy economy. Worker wages and living standards will elevate providing economic opportunity, security and equality.