Melissa Hoffman, MD, General Surgery, Asheville, NC, Mission Hospital


General Surgery Asheville, NC

Trauma Surgery & Surgical Critical Care, Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgical Clerkship Director

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  • Acute care surgeon (Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency General Surgery) and one of only 80 surgeons also board-certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

    Podcaster. Founder and host of The Surgical Palliative Care Podcast. Moderator of the EAST (Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma) Traumacast.

    Writer. Byline at General Surgery News. Section editor (Pain Management and Opioids) at Current Trauma Reports.

    Speaker. I speak locally and nationally about the integration of palliative medicine and end-of-life care into the care of surgical and trauma patients. I also speak extensively on Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) with a focus on the care of surgical patients with OUD.

    Educator. Director of the third-year surgical clerkship for University of North Carolina Asheville campus.
  • My Father Was Murdered by Terrorists: Recollections of a Trauma Surgeon

    When she was a teenager Melissa Red Hoffman's father was killed by terrorists. Dr Hoffman recalls her father's death and how that has influenced her career and

    Surgical Palliative Care: A Podcast with Red Hoffman

    The cross-over episode is an American tradition that is near and dear to my heart. My childhood is filled with special moments that brought some of my very favo

    The Sound of Silence-When There Are No Words

    In this narrative medicine essay, a surgeon and palliative care physician describes the isolating silence that she felt her after the slaying of her father in E

    ‎Traumacast: Palliative Care in Your ACS Practice on Apple Podcasts

    ‎Join guests Dr. Red Hoffman and Dr. Benoit Blondeau as they help dispel myths and drop knowledge about how to incorporate Palliative Care into your ACS practic

    ‎Death By Design: Melissa "Red" Hoffman on Apple Podcasts

    ‎Dr. Melissa Red Hoffman began her career as a naturopathic physician and a yoga teacher. She is now an acute care surgeon, board certified in general surgery,

    ‎Postcall Podcast: Dr. Red Hoffman, Neil deGrasse Tyson's tweet, and Postcall pi

    ‎Red Hoffman, MD, ND, talks palliative care, her touching essay in JAMA, and how she climbed the hill to med school. Dr. Hoffman is an acute care surgeon and co

    ‎Traumacast on Apple Podcasts

    ‎A series of audio interviews addressing upcoming research and its application to the injured patient, education efforts related to trauma, and novel methods in

    ‎The Surgical Palliative Care Podcast on Apple Podcasts

    ‎The Surgical Palliative Care Podcast features interviews with the founders and the leaders of the surgical palliative care community, a diverse group of surgeo

    Stories influence how I practice medicine. Here's how.

    My father was killed by an Islamic fundamentalist in Cairo, Egypt when he was just 47 years old. It was October 1993, exactly eight months following the first W

    The yoga of surgery

    Early on a random Tuesday morning, I walked into the burn unit and found my 87-year-old patient, Mr. Gray, in septic shock. While Mr. Gray's burn injury was sma

Education & Training

  • Mountain Area Health Ed CenterFELLOWSHIP
  • University of North Carolina Hospitals
    University of North Carolina HospitalsFELLOWSHIP
  • Maricopa Medical Center
    Maricopa Medical CenterRESIDENCY
  • Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
    Oregon Health & Science University School of MedicineMEDICAL_SCHOOL
  • National College of Natural MedicineOTHER_TRAINING
  • Florida Atlantic UniversityOTHER_TRAINING

Certifications & Licensure

  • NC State Medical License
    NC State Medical License 2016 - 2021
  • OR State Medical License
    OR State Medical License 2014 - Present
  • American Board of Surgery Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • American Board of Surgery Surgical Critical Care

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Chairman's Award for Excellence in Presentation Department of Surgery, Maricopa Medical Center, 2012-2013, 2016
  • Ambassador of Medical Ethics Department of Surgery, Maricopa Medical Center, 2014-2015
  • Pillar Award Maricopa Integrated Health System, 2011
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Publications & Presentations



  • Acquired asplenia following esophageal reconstruction.
    Hoffman MR, Dunst C, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Academic Excellence Day, Phoenix, AZ, 5/2014
  • Tension hemothorax following ultrasound guided chest tube placement.
    Hoffman MR, O'Neill PJ, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Academic Excellence Day, Phoenix, AZ, 5/2013


  • Dating as a woman surgeon. 
    Women in Surgery Career Symposium, Orlando, Florida
  • Surgical palliative care. 
    UNC Chapel Hill Department of Surgery, General and Acute Care Division Educational Conference. - 10/2016
  • Resident debate: in favor of antibiotics for the treatment of acute uncomplicated appendicitis. 
    American College of Surgeons, Arizona Chapter, Scottsdale, Arizona - 11/2015
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Authored Content

  • Taking Care of Our OwnOctober 2020
  • Surgical Palliative CareNovember 2018

Press Mentions

  • The Sound of Silence-When There Are No Words
    The Sound of Silence-When There Are No WordsMay 05, 2020


  • Speaker, Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), Substance Abuse Task Force 2017 - Present
  • Member, Eastern Association for Surgery of Trauma (EAST), Online Education Committee 2017 - Present
  • Resident and Associate Society Liaison, American College of Surgeons (ACS), Physician Competency and Health Board of Governor’s Workgroup 2017 - Present
  • Member, Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), Item Writing Committee 2017 - Present
  • Member, Communications Committee, American College of Surgeons, Resident and Associate Society 2016 - Present

Professional Memberships

  • Associate Member
  • Eastern Association for Surgery of Trauma (EAST)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
  • Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)

Hospital Affiliations