Charles Hoge is a nationally-known expert on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder , mild Traumatic Brain Injury, and other physiological reactions to war, as well as treatment strategies for war-related conditions. Dr. Hoge’s expertise spans psychiatry, trauma, public health, health policy, and infectious diseases. His articles in The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of the American Medical Association are the most frequently cited medical articles regarding the impact of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
From 2002 through 2009, Dr. Hoge directed the top U.S. research program at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research on the psychological and neurological consequences of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He served as an attending psychiatrist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, providing treatment to warriors and family members. He deployed to Iraq in 2004 and traveled throughout the country to improve combat stress care in the field. Now retired from military service, he continues working with service members, veterans, and family members and also as a passionate advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health care.
An engaging presenter, Charles Hoge is frequently called upon to provide expert testimony about war-related mental health issues and traumatic brain injury. Over the years, he has testified before the U.S. Senate (Armed Services Committee) and the House of Representatives (Veteran Affairs Committee, Health Subcommittee).
Hundreds of interviews on camera, radio, and in print have established Dr. Hoge as the go-to person for thought-provoking insights about combat survival skills in the war zone and home-front alike. Major news organizations such as NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, Reuters, AP News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, and USA Today rely on his clear, direct, and helpful input. On air appearances have included: the Diane Rehm Show, the Paula Zahn Show, the Dr. Oz Show, and Talk of the Nation.
“There’s combat, then there’s the rest of your life. We need survival skills for each battle zone. This is the guide to surviving the war back here. We all need it. A hell of a book. The lucky get it.”
— Max Cleland, former U.S. Senator from Georgia, former Administrator of theVeterans Administration, decorated wounded combat veteran of the Vietnam War
“True to his word, Charles Hoge 'cuts to the chase,' gets rid of as much jargon as possible, and provides warriors with a comprehensive, accessible and sophisticated no-nonsense survival manual regarding post-deployment transition and readjustment.”
— Matthew J. Friedman MD, PhD, Executive Director, National Center for PTSD, US Department of Veterans Affairs; Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School
"Dr. Hoge possesses the rare gift of being able to translate the science from published research into the language of the warrior…should be required reading for mental health professionals… it will help them strike the right chord with those they serve, even if they have not walked in their boots."
─ James Peake, MD, Former Secretary of Veteran Affairs (2007-2009), 40th Surgeon General of the US Army, decorated combat veteran