Dr. Paul Hofmann,
president of the Hofmann Healthcare Group, Moraga, California, has worked in the health care field for over 45 years. For the past 25 years, he has devoted a majority of his time to assisting hospitals and health systems with accelerating their performance improvement efforts and writing, speaking, and consulting on ethical issues in health care. He also serves as an advisor to health care companies and as an expert witness.
In addition to various other appointments, he has held positions as: Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Alta Bates Corporation, a diversified nonprofit health care system in northern California; Executive Director of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia; and Director of Stanford University Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto, California. Following his residency in hospital administration, he began his career at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Hofmann is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a past member of its Leadership Advisory Committee, and for 19 years he coordinated the annual two-day ethics seminar for the College. He is co-editor of Managing Ethically: An Executive's Guide, published in 2001 by Health Administration Press. A second edition, Managing Healthcare Ethically: An Executive's Guide, was published in 2010. A third edition, Managing Healthcare Ethically (consisting of three volumes) was published in 2021. He is also co-editor of Management Mistakes in Healthcare: Identification, Correction and Prevention, published in 2005 by Cambridge University Press.
Dr. Hofmann serves on the American Hospital Association Quest for Quality Prize Committee, the Joint Commission's International Standards Advisory Panel, and the board of the Education Development Center. He is also a co-founder of the Alliance for Global Clinical Training and on its board. He is a past board member of MedShare International and a current member of its Western Region Council. Dr. Hofmann is a co-founder of Operation Access, past board chairman, and a current member of its Advisory Council. In 2009, he received the American Hospital Association's Award of Honor for his “central role in shaping the field's understanding of health care ethics.” In 2012, he was one of eight national recipients of the Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award.
An author or co-author of over 200 publications, many read in more than 50 countries according to Research Gate, Dr. Hofmann has held faculty appointments at Harvard, UCLA, Stanford, Emory, and the University of California. His Bachelor of Science, Master of Public Health (Hospital Administration), and Doctor of Public Health (Health Policy and Administration) degrees are from the University of California, Berkeley.