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 HospitalsFELLOWSHIP
Maricopa Medical CenterRESIDENCY
Oregon Health & Science University School of MedicineMEDICAL_SCHOOL
National College of Natural MedicineOTHER_TRAINING
Florida Atlantic UniversityOTHER_TRAINING
Certifications & Licensure
NC State Medical License2016 - 2021
OR State Medical License2014 - Present
American Board of SurgerySurgery
American Board of SurgeryHospice and Palliative Medicine
American Board of SurgerySurgical Critical Care
Awards, Honors, & Recognition
Chairman's Award for Excellence in PresentationDepartment of Surgery, Maricopa Medical Center, 2012-2013, 2016
Ambassador of Medical EthicsDepartment of Surgery, Maricopa Medical Center, 2014-2015
Pillar AwardMaricopa Integrated Health System, 2011
Surgical Intern of the YearDepartment of Surgery, Maricopa Medical Center, 2011
School of Medicine Research AwardOHSU School of Medicine, 2010
John M. Templeton Injury Prevention Paper AwardEastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2010
Robert Bacon Endowment for Medical EducationOHSU School of Medicine, 2007
Student Council Clinical Service AwardOHSU School of Medicine, 2007
Pride Foundation ScholarPride Foundation, Seattle, Washington, 2006-2007
Equity Foundation ScholarEquity Foundation, Portland, Oregon, 2006