Benjamin Hoffman MD FAAP
Car Seat Safety
One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. Proper use of car safety seats helps keep children safe. But with so many different car safety seats on the market, it’s no wonder many parents find this overwhelming. Dr. Ben Hoffman, a pediatrician and certified car seat technician, comes on to give valuable advice on the proper use and installation of car seats.
Dr. Benjamin Hoffman is a semi-native of New Mexico. After studying anthropology at the University of California Berkeley, he obtained his MD from Harvard Medical School. He completed residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital in Seattle, WA, and spent an additional year as chief resident there. He returned to the state to work with the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Reservation and spent 4 years there before joining the faculty at the University of New Mexico. He is an associate professor of pediatrics, director of the pediatric residency program, and assistant dean of graduate medical education. Ben has been very involved in child passenger safety in New Mexico at both the community and the legislative levels. He is a NHTSA certified CPS technician instructor, the only physician so certified in the country. He serves a vice- chair for Safer New Mexico Now, and on the executive committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Violence, Injury and Poison Prevention. He is married to Jane Kim-Hoffman, also a pediatrician, and together they have 3 hilarious kids.
Melanie Cole, M.S.