Ari Hoffman, MD

Associate Professor

Ari Hoffman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine (DHM) at UCSF. He joined the faculty in 2014 as a clinician-educator, and works on the inpatient services at Moffitt-Long Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center, an affiliate clinical site to UCSF Health. He serves as Value Improvement Director for DHM, Medical Director of Hospital Medicine at St. Mary's Medical Center, and Associate Director for Training at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.

Ari received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from UCSF. He spent a year at the NIH with the Clinical Research Training Program working in the Bioethics Department on comparative effectiveness research as a tool for reducing waste in healthcare spending before returning to San Francisco to finish medical school. He also interned at the Center for Medical Technology Policy in Baltimore, focused on stakeholder engagement in formal value assessment. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF. Before joining the faculty, he spent a year as adjunct clinical faculty at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara, Uganda, through the Global Health Service Partnership, a public-private venture between Seed Global Health and the Peace Corps.

Ari's professional passions include the pursuit of the highest value healthcare for everyone, clinical education, and implementation of healthcare policy.
2019 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
2019 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Residency, 2013 - Internal Medicine, UCSF
MD, 2010 - School of Medicine, UCSF
Clinical Research Training Program, 2009 - Bioethics, National Institutes of Health
BS, 2003 - , Stanford University
Honors and Awards
  • Jeffrey Weingarten Award, UCSF Internal Medicine Residency, 2013
  • Quality & Safety Innovation Challenge, UCSF, 2012
  • Gold Headed Cane Society inductee, UCSF, 2010
  • Innovative Teaching Award, UCSF Essential Core, 2010
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2009
  1. Pletcher MJ, Flaherman V, Najafi N, Patel S, Rushakoff RJ, Hoffman A, Robinson A, Cucina RJ, McCulloch CE, Gonzales R, Auerbach A. Randomized Controlled Trials of Electronic Health Record Interventions: Design, Conduct, and Reporting Considerations. Annals of internal medicine. 2020. PMID: 32479183

  2. Cho HJ, Feldman LS, Keller S, Hoffman A, Pahwa AK, Krouss M. Choosing Wisely in the COVID-19 Era: Preventing Harm to Healthcare Workers. Journal of hospital medicine. 2020. PMID: 32490804

  3. Gylys R, Rosenwohl-Mack S, Pierluissi E, Hoffman A. Assessing contributions of value-added medical student roles. Medical teacher. 2020. PMID: 32375522

  4. Leep Hunderfund AN, Starr SR, Dyrbye LN, Baxley EG, Gonzalo JD, Miller BM, George P, Morgan HK, Allen BL, Hoffman A, Fancher TL, Mandrekar J, Reed DA. Imprinting on Clinical Rotations: Multisite Survey of High- and Low-Value Medical Student Behaviors and Relationship with Healthcare Intensity. Journal of general internal medicine. 2019. PMID: 30756307

  5. Leep Hunderfund AN, Starr SR, Dyrbye LN, Gonzalo JD, George P, Miller BM, Morgan HK, Hoffman A, Baxley EG, Allen BL, Fancher TL, Mandrekar J, Skochelak SE, Reed DA. Value-Added Activities in Medical Education: A Multisite Survey of First- and Second-Year Medical Students' Perceptions and Factors Influencing Their Potential Engagement. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2018. PMID: 29794526

  6. Bennet CS, Abeya FC, Hoffman A, Rwebembera J, Picard MH, Wood MJ, Okello S. Performance and Interpretation Training of Transthoracic Echocardiography in Resource-Limited Settings. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2017. PMID: 28982509

  7. Arian Hatefi, Ari Hoffman. Individualism Is Not The Prescription For Health Care 2017. PMID:

  8. Hoffman A, Hatefi A, Wachter R. Hospitalists, value and the future. Future hospital journal. 2016. PMID: 31098182

  9. Hoffman AB, Bindman AB. Varying Charges and Questionable Costs. Journal of general internal medicine. 2015. PMID: 26129781

  10. Hoffman A, Emanuel EJ. Reengineering US health care. JAMA. 2013. PMID: 23423408

  11. Callaway DW, Peabody CR, Hoffman A, Cote E, Moulton S, Baez AA, Nathanson L. Disaster mobile health technology: lessons from Haiti. 2012. PMID: 22588429

  12. Hoffman A, Montgomery R, Aubry W, Tunis SR. How best to engage patients, doctors, and other stakeholders in designing comparative effectiveness studies. Health affairs (Project Hope). 2010. PMID: 20921483

  13. Hoffman A, Pearson SD. 'Marginal medicine': targeting comparative effectiveness research to reduce waste. Health affairs (Project Hope). 2009. PMID: 19556249

  14. Hoffman A, Utley B, Ciccarone D. Improving medical student communication skills through improvisational theatre. 2008. PMID: 18412916

  15. Akiyama J, Hoffman A, Brown C, Allen L, Edmondson J, Poulain F, Hawgood S. Tissue distribution of surfactant proteins A and D in the mouse. 2002. PMID: 12070278