About J. Howard DeHoff
Philosophy of careI like to gab with my patients. Good medicine takes time. Each individual is extraordinarily complex. You have a spirit, a personality, societal pressures - all these different factors play a role in a person's health. I try to account for all of it. I think there's an extraordinary untapped potential in the therapeutic value of the patient-physician relationship. I look to release the power of that relationship. In casual conversation, you can learn a lot about someone and share something about yourself. A better relationship means better care for the patient. I'm interested in preventive care – diet, sleep, alcohol, smoking and cancer prevention. For a person to change his or her personal way of life is one of the most difficult things. I ask my patients if they're ready, and then I go as far as I can with them and give them the resources they need.
Why I entered medicineI was a professional musician – a guitarist. But I soon discovered I was not so musical! I was only able to go so far. Medicine is a DeHoff family tradition. There are medical diplomas in my family going back to the Civil War: my father, my grandfather and my great-great-grandfather - this goes way back! It's a very important role to play in people's lives. It's more mainstream and more stable than my music career. It also has more opportunities to help people.
Community involvementI sometimes perform jazz guitar in the Lehigh Valley.
Personal interestsI like a simple life and enjoying the moments of every day. My wife sells old and rare books. We enjoy hunting for books together at book stores and yard sales. Over the years, I have been assembling a comprehensive collection of books on medical history. I also enjoy collecting vinyl records, mostly American jazz records, and playing jazz guitar.
Undergraduate Berklee College of Music BMus 1976
Undergraduate Towson State University Pre Medical Program 1985
Medical Training Eastern Virginia Medical School MD - Doctor of Medicine 1991
Residency 1992Internal Medicine, Highland Hospital, Rochester, NY
Residency 1993Internal Medicine, Highland Hospital, Rochester, NY
Residency 1994Internal Medicine, Highland Hospital, Rochester, NY