Meet Founding Member Dr. Red Hoffman

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When she was 19 years old, Dr. Red's father was tragically killed in Cairo, Egypt. Her father's violent death, and the experiences which followed, inspired her to pursue a career in both trauma surgery and hospice and palliative medicine. She now utilizes both her integrative medicine training as well as her training in palliative medicine to provide whole-person care to her surgical patients and their families.

Red works as an acute care surgeon and an associate hospice medical director in Asheville, North Carolina.  As one of less than 100 surgeons in the United States who is board-certified in hospice and palliative medicine, she is a leader in the field of surgical palliative care.

She writes and speaks extensively on how to integrate palliative medicine into the care of all surgical and trauma patients. She has an active online presence, has a bi-monthly column in General Surgery News entitled The Surgical Pause and is the creator and host of The Surgical Palliative Care Podcast.

In her free time, Dr. Red enjoys writing, reading, taking long walks, eating gorgeous food and drinking yummy drinks, and spending time with her orange cat Sammy.