Jerome R. Hoffman, M.D., M.A., professor emeritus of medicine and emergency medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine delivered the annual McNabney Lecture at the UMKC School of Medicine on May 22.
Hoffman spoke on what he calls a modern epidemic of over-diagnosis in medicine.
The lectureship honors Kendall McNabney, M.D., who founded the Department of Emergency Medicine at Truman Medical Center and the UMKC School of Medicine in 1973. McNabney was the first and longest serving chair of emergency medicine at the School and served as the head of trauma services for many years.
Hoffman served as director of the UCLA emergency medicine residency program and the school’s doctoring program and taught for more than 30 years in the UCLA School of Medicine and the Robert Woods Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.
He was a consultant toxicologist for the Los Angeles Regional Poison Control Center for more than a decade and served as a reviewer, editorial board member and editor for a number of medical journals throughout his career.
Much of his research has focused on health services and clinical decision making, as well as medical education.