Charles W. Hoge, MD, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)


Charles Hoge is a nationally-known expert on PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), mTBI (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 about 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 (including deployment to Afghanistan as a civilian in 2011), and continues to be 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, Veterans Affairs 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, Talk of the Nation, and On Point.

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"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

"I have been reviewing the evaluations from the audience members from your presentation at the Distinguished Lecture Series and every single one is full of nothing but accolades. You presented a wealth of information in a very approachable and understandable manner, and it was clear how engaged the crowd was. I will tell you what a rarity this combination is and how refreshing it is to be a part of a presentation like yours."

Antonia Novella, MD, 14th Surgeon General of the United States (1990-1993)