children's class of 2017
Martin Hoffman, MD
most likely to act with heart
Dr. Martin Hoffman is Medical Director, Developmental Pediatrics & Rehabilitative Services at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.
Dr. Hoffman first stepped foot in the hallways of the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo as a third-year medical student more than 40 years ago. It was there he would fall in love with the excitement of pediatrics, and it is also there where he would return in 1997 after a stint in private practice to dedicate his life to studying and treating children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Hoffman's unending optimism and dedication to children earned him the title "Most Likely to Act with Heart."
Questions & Answers with Martin Hoffman, MD
Why did you choose to become a pediatrician?
I chose pediatrics because it was fun – it not only had the intellectual stimulation I needed, but working with kids keeps everyday exciting. I love interacting and helping families get over hurdles and cope with difficult situations - both medically and psychologically.
What has changed most in the field of pediatrics throughout your career?
In my opinion, the most dramatic difference in pediatrics has been the development of artificial surfactant – a medicine given to premature babies to help them breathe. Before surfactant, premature babies had a much lower chance of survival, but now I see babies as young as 23 weeks grow into healthy, happy children.
What makes Buffalo different?
This community supports us so well. From the annual telethon to getting support from foundations like The Children's Guild, if you say it is for the Children's Hospital – usually, it works.
What's your favorite part of your job?
Every once in a while, someone will come up to me outside of the hospital and say, "Hi, Dr. Hoffman. I was your patient," and it is a really nice young adult man who has a job and is doing really well and is excited to see me. That makes me feel really great – now that's having a good job.
What makes you proud?
The fact that I can say I've helped families all over Western New York by helping their kids.
What makes the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo so special?
When you walk into a free-standing Children's Hospital you just feel the difference in the positivity and vibrancy radiating in the hallways.
What are you looking forward to most about the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital and Outpatient Center?
Having everything in the same building will make it much easier for everyone – from the staff to the patients. Also, the connections between hospitals are so convenient and help to speed up the intercommunication between departments.