David N. Hoffman

Adjunct Professor of Law

Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University


B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo

J.D., State of University of New York at Buffalo




David N. Hoffman is a health care lawyer and clinical ethicist. He is the former General Counsel and Vice President for Ethics & Compliance at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.


Prior to joining Wyckoff he was a partner in the New York City law firm of Hoffman & Arshack P.C. where he provided counsel to hospitals, medical centers and individual practitioners in the New York City area, in medical litigation, bio-ethical decision-making and regulatory matters. He has served on and advised hospital ethics committees and institutional review boards.  Hoffman has written on a variety of healthcare subjects including use of emerging medical imaging technology and equal protection rights of physicians in civil litigation. 


 He also currently teaches in the areas of law, medicine and ethics as a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University/ Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and as a Clinical Instructor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was a member of the faculty of the Montifiore Medical Center/N.Y.U. Pilot Certificate Program on Human Research Subject Protection.


 He is a panel Attorney for the Surrogate Decision-making Committee of the New York State Department of Health, Commission on Quality of Care. Hoffman served as the Chair of the Committee on Bio-ethical Issues of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY), and as a member of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York State Bar Association, where he was the principal author of the committees opinion on internet based attorney client matching servoces. He previously served as the legislative liaison for the Special Committee on Medical Malpractice at ABCNY, where he authored the Association’s policy statement on the National Practitioner Databank. He also chaired the ABCNY Sub-Committee on human transplant organ procurement. 


Hoffman completed the pilot post-graduate program in Bio-Ethics and the Medical Humanities at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Albert Einstein School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. Hoffman is a frequent lecturer on the interactions between law, medicine and ethics.

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