Robert Hoffman
Chief Academic and Clinical Affairs Officer Yo San University
Dean of DAOM Program

Robert D. Hoffman, DAOM, L.Ac. is a researcher, clinician, producer, and musician. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer at Yo San University in Los Angeles, where he also serves on both the master’s and doctoral faculties. In these roles, Dr. Hoffman is responsible for curriculum development, online education development, faculty recruitment, assessment of accreditation standards, dissertation advisement, marketing, and branding.

In addition to his work at the university, Dr. Hoffman is actively involved in the Chinese medicine community. He serves on the board of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM), which is responsible for the creation of standards and accreditation for all Chinese medicine schools in the United States.

He is also a member of the California Acupuncture Board and the American Society of Acupuncturists.

Dr. Hoffman has written numerous articles on Daoism and Chinese medicine, and serves as editor and peer reviewer for several integrative medicine journals. He received his master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University, and completed his doctoral degree (DAOM) at Five Branches University in San Jose.

Robert Hoffman is dean of
Yo San University Doctoral Degree Program

And director of
Yo San University Community Clinic


Dr. Hoffman is currently a PhD candidate at Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University in Hangzhou, China. Dr. Hoffman travels to China several times a year for additional study and clinical rotations at the Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University Hospital and other area out-patient clinics. His current research is in the use of mushrooms as adjuvant therapy in cancer treatment, and the role of Chinese herbs in T cell regulation. In addition to his formal education, Dr. Hoffman has also been studying Daoism in the Quanzhen Longmen tradition with Josh Paynter and Jack Schaefer of Parting Clouds under the auspices of abbotess Zhang Ming Xin at Jian Fu Gong, on Qingcheng Shan in Sichuan, China.

Prior to his career in research and Chinese medicine, Dr. Hoffman spent over 30 years in the music industry as a producer, songwriter and recording engineer working with artists such as Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson, and Quincy Jones. His music and productions have been featured in numerous commercials for clients like Mercedes and Pepsi, and in video game titles such as Def Jam Vendetta and Turok. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Skidmore College in the music department for recording and production arts classes, and still produces and writes music as time allows.

Dr. Hoffman has also been a producer of a number of health and wellness related podcasts. He is also an active researcher and has published articles on Chinese medicine in various academic journals.

Dr. Hoffman’s professional background and experience in different field give him a unique perspective on healthcare and education. His dedication to quality education and patient care has been a driving force in his professional and academic career.

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Peer Reviewed Publications, Dr. Robert Hoffman

Hoffman Robert D, Jian-Li Gao, Chen Fei Fei.
Cancer Terminology in Chinese Medicine Texts.
Journal of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine.           In Review, 2022

Wen-Qin Guo, Kai He, Na-Na Tao, Yu-Yuan Ying, Robert David Hoffman, Jiaman Shen, Xi Liu, Mei-Qiu Yan, Gui Yuan Lv and Jian-Li Gao.
Thymosin beta 15 alters the spatial development of thymic epithelial cells. 
Frontiers in Immunology                        2022

He Kai, Hoffman Robert D, Liu Xi, Shi Rong-Zhen, Lu Gui-Yuan, Gao Jian-Li.
G-CSF/GM-CSF Induced Hematopoietic Dysregulation in the Progression of Solid Tumors and Its Prognostic Role in Tumor Metastasis.
FEBS Open Bio              2022

Hoffman Robert D, Li Chang-Yu, He Kai, Wu Xiao-Xing, He Bai-Cheng, He Tong-Chuan, Gao Jianli.
Chinese Herbal Medicine and Its Regulatory Effects on Tumor Related T Cells.
Frontiers in Pharmacology, Pharmacology of Anti-Cancer Drugs                                   2020

Shen Jiaman; Ma Li; He Kai; Guo Wenqin; Ding Chuan; Hoffman Robert D; He Bingqian; Zheng Hongbin; Gao Jianli;
Identification and Functional Study of Immortalized Mouse Thymic Epithelial Cells,
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications                   2020

Dan Hong Wei, Jiu Ling Deng, Rong Zhen Shi, Li Ma, Jia Man Shen, Robert HoffmanYing Hong Hu, Hui Wan, Jian Li Gao.
Epimedin C protects H2O2-induced peroxidation injury by enhancing the function of endothelial progenitor HUVEC populations.
Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin                         2019


Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

Deepening Perspectives on Chinese Medicine (book review)
Journal of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine                                              January 2022

“The Tao of Wellness, Eating for Longevity”
The Empty Vessel                January 2021

The Importance of Advanced Study in Traditional Chinese Medicine (editorial)
Journal of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine.                                            2020

“On the Shoulders of Giants”       Fall 2018
The Empty Vessel

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