Aviva Lynn Katz, M.D.
January 17, 2018

Funeral Information

January 21 2018 - 10:30 am
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, (Shadyside) Pittsburgh, PA 15232


KATZ, MD, AVIVA LYNN: On Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Beloved wife of Daniel Weiner. Beloved mother of Gabriel, Samuel, Channah and Shoshana. Sister of Adam (Dalit) Katz and Aaron (MaryAnn) Katz. Aviva was an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. She served as the Director of the Consortium Ethics Program (UPitt) and the Ethics Consultation Service (Children's Hospital). She was a Vice Chair of the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board. She is a past Chair of the Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protection. Aviva dedicated her life to the care of children, both her own and others. Services at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL, INC., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside, on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM. NO Visitation prior to services. Interment Tree of Life Memorial Park. Contribution may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 333 East Carson Street, #441 E., Pittsburgh, PA. 15219. www.schugar.com  


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I am so sorry for your loss. Aviva was such a caring, involved mother; I know she will be greatly missed. I've been thinking of your whole family during this difficult time and will continue to keep you all in my thoughts.

By Kirstin (Sheppard) Mastylak - January 25, 2018

As a professional colleague who served with Aviva on the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Bioethics, I wanted to express my condolences to her family. In talking with her, even in this professional setting, her love for you was very evident.

By Armand H. Matheny Antommaria - January 24, 2018

I only met Aviva once, last month, when she came to introduce herself to me a few months after my arrival in Pittsburgh and in a new role at UPMC. We had a deeply meaningful conversation- ranging from many topics, including ehthics, work, having same-aged children, and some of her medical journey as a patient. I was dismayed to hear the news of her passing. This is such a loss for your family, the medical community and patients. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion, and may you always feel her inside you.

By Dr. Jane Liebschutz - January 22, 2018

Aviva Katz was a heroine and a superstar and I cannot believe she's gone. Aviva was working on her MA in Bioethics at the same time I was pursuing mine, and she was a mentor and source of support to me. In the past few months I had the honor to work with her on a project for the Pitt Human Research Protection Office, and her wisdom and common sense was instructive and an inspiration. Only weeks out of hospital, she graciously offered to review and constructively critique a paper I'm working on. Her generosity, humanity, humor and compassion was a beacon and an inspiration. The world has lost a shining light. May her memory be a blessing. For me, it already is.

By Judith Navratil, MA CIP - January 22, 2018

Our prayers are with your family as we are heartbroken at your loss. We loved watching Aviva skate during the early morning sessions, and of course, love our friends, Channah & Shoshana. The RMU figure skating family will not be the same without Aviva's zest for life and love for skating.

By Shawna, Anna & Ellie Haynes - January 21, 2018

Even though Aviva, in being Daniel's wife, is family to we who are living here in Israel, we only merited to meet her briefly when she visited Gabe a few months ago. Since she was already in our prayers from the onset, her visibly good health was encouraging. We know now that it wasn't meant to be. While we share the sadness and loss we are also envious...envious of those did know her personally and who were touched by her and her life's work. Her life had purpose and fulfillment, and over time it's that which she brought into this world which will bring us consolation and comfort...and even bring us blessing in knowing that we were a part of her life. Aviva, the person, may no longer be with us, but the caring and giving that she was remains with us, and, as such, her caring and giving is not 'was' but 'is'. May her name and memory always be a blessing.

By The family in Israel - 5 Tevet 5778 - January 21, 2018

We are so saddened to hear of her passing and want to express our thoughts and prayers for your family. Please let us know if there is anything we can do or provide. Channah and Shoshana, please keep in touch , I would love to get together soon Sincerely, Ellie Fleischer

By Ellie Fleischer and family - January 21, 2018

I was so sorry and sad to learn of Aviva's passing. My heart breaks for her family, friends, and loved ones. I so enjoyed seeing Aviva at the ice rink and on the ice. She had such a presence and kindness. So many facets to her life- so much talent and compassion. Tremendous loss. My prayers and deepest condolences for the family and to everyone feeling this loss.

By Julie Schenk - January 21, 2018

My condolences to the entire family on your loss. I am so sorry and sad, and thinking of all of you. May your good memories help you at this difficult time and in the future.

By Toby Neufeld - January 20, 2018

I am so sorry to hear if Aviva’s passing. You and your family were a wonderful support for her May Hashem continue to give you strength as you continue to carry on May your loving memories of Aviva bring you some comfort during your difficult times Fondly Susan Friedman

By Daniel Weiner - January 20, 2018

Daniel , my heart aches for you and your family. I am Thinking of you guys and praying. My love to you all

By Danielle Goetz - January 20, 2018

No words truly Daniel. Aviva has left you a beautiful legacy.

By Diane Bisgeier Tate - January 19, 2018

I am a general surgeon and ethicist who trained under Aviva and worked along side her after my faculty appointment. I had not heard of her illness, and was sadened to learn of her relapse and death. I knew her to be a kind and caring colleague who shared may of my own values and passions. I will miss her personally, and the ethics and surgical communities of Pittsburgh are impoverished for her absence. I will pray for both Aviva and your family in this time of bereavement.

By Daniel Hall - January 19, 2018

Dr. Katz was one of the most compassionate pediatric scholars and practitioners I have had the opportunity to know. I wish we had more time to work together in promoting ethical practices in modern medicine. She will undoubtedly be missed. My prayers for the family.

By Rev. Dr. John Welch - January 19, 2018

I am so very sorry to hear of this loss of a wonderful mother, wife and compassionate physician. Our prayers are with the family.

By Dennis Stokes - January 19, 2018

Daniel and children, We are so very saddened to hear about your loss. We hope all the good memories will sustain you all through this horrible time. Aviva was such a vibrant person and she will be so missed by so many. Love to you all. Sandy and Sherman

By Sherman and Sandy - January 19, 2018

Dr. Weiner and family - my sincerest condolences to you at the loss of Dr. Katz. My heart goes out to you and your children - she was such a wonderful person, and I heard her speak often of them. She will be sorely missed here at Children's.

By Carolyn Biglow - January 19, 2018

My deepest sympathies are with your whole family. You are all wonderful people and I couldn't be prouder to play small role in your life. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to support you through this difficult time. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

By Michael Pastor - January 19, 2018

All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do, please tell the girls to let me know. Maribeth

By Maribeth Varganin Hayward - January 19, 2018

Dan, I am overwhelmed with sadness for you and your children. I am so very sorry for your loss. Andy Szabo

By Andy Szabo - January 19, 2018

My deepest and most heart-felt sympathies for your loss. Words cannot account for this sadness. The Weiner family will be in my families prayers. God bless.

By Mr. J. David Robertson - January 19, 2018

Daniel and family - The Kaplan family is overwhelmed with sadness over Aviva’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and always. The world was and is a better place because of Aviva. May her memory be for a blessing. Sending you love.

By Rich Kaplan - January 19, 2018

We are deeply saddened by the news of Aviva's passing. Our thoughts are with your family.

By Sluis-Cremer family - January 19, 2018

My heartfelt condolences for your family's loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

By Argy Darakos - January 19, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you peace as you go through these trying times.

By Sandra Venneri - January 19, 2018

Dear Weiner Family, I am so saddened to hear the news about your beloved wife and mother. My prayers are with all of you at this sad time. She was a truly remarkable woman, professionally and as a person. She will be missed by all.

By Mrs. Liz Boone - January 19, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

By Maribeth Varganin- Hayward (QVMS) - January 19, 2018

My deepest sympathies. Dr. Katz was an amazing person and will be greatly missed. She did so much good work!

By Erin Grabowski - January 18, 2018