Mark Hoffman — M.S., M.D., J.D., LL.M., M.Bioeth., M.B.A.. Esq.

Mark Hoffman

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Dr. Mark A. Hoffman, M.S., M.D., J.D., LL.M., M.Bioeth., M.B.A., a partner at Ross Feller Casey, has had a distinguished career in law, medicine, and military service.

He has a wealth of experience as an accomplished litigator in the courtroom, a skilled pediatric, general, and transplant surgeon in the operating room, and a decorated Army officer. During the Gulf War, he served as a top surgeon at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center.

At Ross Feller Casey, Dr. Hoffman handles medical malpractice, medical device, and pharmaceutical product litigation. His extensive scientific training and medical and surgical expertise are highly valued and facilitate the litigation of the most complex medical and product liability cases.

Dr. Hoffman has vast trial experience in both state and federal courts and, as lead or co-counsel, has achieved an impressive list of seven- and eight-figure settlements and verdicts in a wide range of medical malpractice, birth injury, civil rights, and other personal injury cases.

His work on those and other cases has led to the recovery of more than $150 million for his clients.

They include, among many others:

  • $25 million in a wrongful death case involving the failure to diagnose a postoperative arrhythmia (complete heart block) in a coronary artery bypass graft patient
  • $20 million in a wrongful death case involving a postoperative chest infection (mediastinitis) in a heart-valve replacement patient
  • $20 million in a case involving the failure to timely deliver a baby with fetal distress leading to cerebral palsy
  • $19 million in a living-donor transplantation case involving the failure to diagnose an intestinal perforation leading to sepsis and a subsequent leg amputation
  • $13 million in a case involving the failure to manage neonatal shock following neonatal hemorrhage leading to brain and kidney injury
  • $10 million in an aortic valve repair case that led to catastrophic heart damage necessitating a heart transplant
  • $10 million in a motorcycle injury case
  • $9 million in “on-table” liver transplant deaths
  • $7 million in a blood donation case leading to a hypotensive syncopal event, neck trauma, and quadriplegia 
  • $7 million in a case involving the failure to diagnose a brain blood clot leading to intracranial hemorrhage

Dr. Hoffman received his undergraduate degree with honors from Amherst College, his M.D. degree from Columbia University’s Vegalos College of Physicians & Surgeons, and his J.D. and Master of Bioethics degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Carey Law School and Perelman School of Medicine, respectively. Dr. Hoffman also received an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he continues to serve on the Adjunct Faculty. Dr. Hoffman recently earned an M.B.A. from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, with a particular interest in innovative business models, value-stream mapping, statistics and economics, and valuation.

Dr. Hoffman trained in general surgery at Harvard University’s Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, in pediatric surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Boston and the University of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, and in solid organ transplantation surgery at Cambridge University in England under the transplant pioneer, Sir Roy Calne. While at Cambridge University, he completed research under Dr. David White in the field of transplant immunology and xenotransplantation.

Before attending law school, Dr. Hoffman was an academic liver and kidney transplant surgeon and general pediatric and trauma surgeon at Tufts University and the Kiwanis Trauma Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a member of the Medical Corps in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1988 to 2002. From 1990 to 1991, Dr. Hoffman served as the Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and as a Consultant Surgeon at the National Naval Medicine Center in Bethesda, Maryland, during Operations Desert Shield and Storm. Dr. Hoffman’s last military assignment was at the rank of Colonel (O-6) as a Military Academy Liaison Officer (MALO) to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and a distinguished unit commendation for his service to the country.

He also served on the military academy interview committee and was responsible for interviews of West Point admission candidates from metropolitan Philadelphia area high schools. He also spoke at several area high schools and college fairs about military service and the service academies.

From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Hoffman served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and as an attending surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is internationally recognized for his research and clinical work in pediatric trauma, hepatobiliary and liver transplant surgery, upper gastrointestinal surgery, and the surgical management of complex congenital malformations. He has authored or co-authored over 50 articles and book chapters on various medical topics, including ethical issues in medical care delivery.

Dr. Hoffman was appointed by federal judges to national Plaintiffs Steering Committees in cases involving testosterone replacement therapy drugs (before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois), and the anticoagulant drug Xarelto (before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana). As a member of those committees, Dr. Hoffman played integral leadership roles in shaping the plaintiff’s cases and the trials.

Dr. Hoffman is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Pediatric Surgical Association, and the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons.  He is a member of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts bars.