Keck School Faculty

Michael Hochman

Michael Hochman

Associate Professor Of Clinical Medicine

Keck School of Medicine: Faculty Teaching Incentive Award, 2010

Cambridge Hospital: Resident Teacher of the Year, 2009

Harvard Medical School: Medical Student Teaching Award for Residents, 2008-2009

Harvard Medical School: Honors Graduate, 2006

Worcester District Medical Society: Scholarship, 2004

Princeton University: Sigma Xi Book Prize in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2001

: Phi Beta Kappa, 2001

Barriers to Primary Care After the Affordable Care Act: A Qualitative Study of Los Angeles Safety-Net Patients' Experiences Health Equity. 2019; 3(1):423-430. . View in PubMed

Endpoint selection and relative (versus absolute) risk reporting in published medication trials J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Nov; 26(11):1246-52. . View in PubMed

Characteristics of published comparative effectiveness studies of medications JAMA. 2010 Mar 10; 303(10):951-8. . View in PubMed

News media coverage of medication research: reporting pharmaceutical company funding and use of generic medication names JAMA. 2008 Oct 01; 300(13):1544-50. . View in PubMed

I believe the role of a physician is to understand a patient’s health goals, educate him or her on treatment options and guide him or her to the best decision. Ultimately, clinical decisions should be made in partnership between the patient and doctor.

I am a strong proponent of evidence based medicine, i.e. looking to the research to inform decision-making. In fact, I recently authored the book 50 Studies Every Doctor Should Know. I also recognize that there is not always a right or wrong answer in medicine. Instead, the doctor and patient must consider the pros and cons of different strategies and decide on the best course. Sometimes, this involves non-traditional therapies while other times more traditional treatments are most appropriate.
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