Michael Hocker

Vice Chair

Michael Hocker

Vice Chair


Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Emergency Medicine

Other Duties

J Harold Harrison MD Dist Univ Chair in Emer Med, Emergency Medicine


Appointment Date: 2016

Dr. Hocker joined the MCG faculty in June 2016 and was named the Harrison Distinguished University Chair in Emergency Medicine. In addition, as Vice Chair he oversees the clinical and business operations for the Emergency Department program. He has a leadership role in Graduate Medical Education and the Office of Leadership development where focuses on programs in leadership and professional development.

Dr. Hocker formerly served as the Chief of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center from 2007-2016, where he shepherded the Division through significant growth in all academic missions.

After graduating, magna cum laude from Fort Lewis College in 1989 Dr. Hocker attended Medical School at the University of Colorado and graduated with honors in 1993. Dr. Hocker began his residency training at UC Davis East Bay's surgical program and completed his surgical internship in 1994. Dr. Hocker welcomed his fleet assignment after completing his Naval Flight training in Pensacola Florida where he gained his helicopter Solo flight certificate. As a Naval Flight Surgeon, he was stationed with a Marine Helicopter Squadron in
Kaneohe, Hawaii, flew CH-53 helicopters and in 1995 was awarded the 151 Marine Aircraft Wing Flight Surgeon
of the year award. In 1997, Dr. Hocker returned to residency at the University of Massachusetts where he completed his emergency medicine residency in 2000. He was recognized and awarded the outstanding resident award for all three years of his training and was designated Chief Resident in his final year. Dr. Hocker received his M.H.S., in Clinical Leadership, from Duke University in 2007.

While at Duke, Dr. Hocker received multiple local and national awards including the FLC Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Service award. He received the Duke Strength Hope and Caring, Service Champion, ED Outstanding Faculty and the Divisional Leadership and Service awards. He also received the Secretary of Defense Employee Support Freedom Award, and was part of the leadership team at Duke that received the Baldridge National Quality award and the American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize.

Dr. Hocker is a Fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) and member of Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and Association of Academic Chairs in Emergency Medicine and has served on multiple state and national committees. He is the former President of the NC ACEP state chapter and also served as the NC CAC liaison and past Secretary/Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors. He has served as a Young Physician Delegate to the AMA, is a past President of Horry County Medical Society in SC. He has served locally on Durham County Medical Management and Durham Crisis Collaborative committees. At Duke University Medical Center, he participated in the Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Pay for Performance, ED Patient Flow, Operations, Revenue Enhancement, Just Culture and EDIS Steering Committees . He also served on the

Department of Surgery Promotion and Tenure, ED-GME, Resident Selection, Patient Placement and Admission and JACHO Advisory Committees.

Dr. Hocker was the Champion for a hospital improvement initiative involving Six Sigma/LEAN business methodologies while at Duke and will be working on similar initiatives at MCG. Dr. Hocker has been a hospital Champion of HQI and PQRI measures. He was instrumental in the planning and development of the state of the art and renovated ED that opened in April 2007 and the implementation of two electronic medical records. Dr. Hocker is an advocate for improving Emergency Department throughput, overcrowding and networking with Duke affiliated and referring hospitals and to improve patient care in central North Carolina. Dr. Hocker has been instrumental in the continued development and success of student, resident and fellowship education programs in Emergency Medicine and developed the Emergency Medicine Research Institute that provides 24/7 enrollment and over 12 active clinical trials. In addition, Dr. Hocker led the development of the Emergency Medicine simulation program at Duke that works closely with the Surgical Education and Activities Lab (SEAL) to train, educate and credential students, residents and faculty. He also was involved as an affiliated faculty in the Duke Global Health Institute and formed a section of global health and fellowship with a mission to provide education, clinical care and research development to underserved areas across the globe. This team currently collaborates with hospitals in Africa, Haiti, Singapore and China. He co-developed and taught a Masters level class on Global Injury and Prevention.

Dr. Hocker has also worked to develop programs in professionalism and executive leadership and mentoring. His scholarly work has resulted in numerous peer reviewed publications.

Specialty Focus: Medical Education, Trauma and Critical Care, Procedural Skills, Simulation, Hospital Administration, Information Systems in Health Care Delivery, ED Overcrowding, Coding/Billing and Reimbursement and International Health.

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  • MD, Medicine University of Colorado HealthS, 1993

  • BS, Chemistry, General Fort Lewis College, 1989


  • PHY GA Composite Medical Brd, 2016

Awards & Honors

  • President's Award, Our AU Heroes 2020

  • J. Harold Harrison, MD, Distinguised Chair in Emergency Medicine 2016

  • Teaching Excellence Program Award Augusta University, 2016

  • Divisional Leadership and Service Duke Emergency Medicine, 2015

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine AAEM, 2014

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • REMD 5000

    Emergency Medicine
  • EMED 5001

    Emergency Medicine Clkship


Selected Recent Publications

  • A Prospective Registry Evaluating the Epidemiology and Clinical Care of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients Presenting to a Regional Referral Hospital in Moshi, Tanzania: challenges and the way forward., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Who explicitly requests the ordering of computed tomography for emergency department patients? A multicenter prospective study., 2016
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Correction: Road Traffic Injury Prevention Initiatives: A Systematic Review and Metasummary of Effectiveness in Low and Middle Income Countries., 2016
  • Road Traffic Injury Prevention Initiatives: A Systematic Review and Metasummary of Effectiveness in Low and Middle Income Countries., 2016
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Noninvasive ventilation in severe acute asthma., 2014
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Department Service

  • Co-Chair Joint Educational Competency Committee 2020 - Present

  • Member Office Academic Affairs Senior Leadership Committee 2020 - Present

  • Member, Covid Planning/Leadership Committee 2020 - Present

  • Academic Executive Committee (AEC) 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • Member, Chair Search. Department of Surgery, MCG 2020 - Present

  • Chairperson, GME Policy Subcommittee 2020 - Present

  • Chairperson, GME Town Hall 2020 - Present

  • Chairperson, Graduate Medical Education Committee 2020 - Present

  • MCG Deans Executive Leadership Committee 2020 - Present

Professional Service

  • VA Affiliation Partnership Committee 2020 - Present

  • VA Affiliation Partnership Counsil 2020 - Present

  • VA Graduate Resident Education Subcommittee 2020 - Present

  • Chief of Hospital Medicine Chair Search 2018 - Present

    Role: Chairperson
  • University Senate Faculty Development Committee (USFDC) 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Public Service

  • Triangle Aphasia Project 2014 - 2015

    Role: Other
  • Duke Teddy Bear Ball, Duke Childrens Hospital 2009 - 2015

    Role: Other
  • Habitat for Humanity 2009 - 2015

    Role: Other
  • Croasdaile Country Club 2007 - 2015

    Role: Committee Member
  • Angels Among Us, Duke Brain Tumor Center 2005 - 2015

    Role: Other