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Shoshana J. Herzig, MD, MPH

Research Concentrations

• Pharmacoepidemiology
• Medication Utilization
• Physician Decision Making 

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Professional Biography

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Dr. Shoshana Herzig is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of Hospital Medicine Research in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care Sections of Hospital Medicine and Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). She joined the faculty in 2010 after completing residency and chief residency at BIDMC, a general medicine fellowship through Harvard Medical School, and a Master’s in Public Health Degree at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Her research interests are focused on patterns of medication utilization in the inpatient setting and associated outcomes, with the goal of informing physician decision-making in this realm. Her present work, funded by a K23 Award from the National Institute on Aging, aims to improve the care of hospitalized older adults through safer prescribing of sedating medications. She serves as the BIDMC site principal investigator for the Hospital Medicine Research and Reengineering Network (HOMERUN) – a nationwide research organization focused on measuring and improving the outcomes of hospitalized patients – and as Senior Deputy Editor for the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

In addition to her research activities, Dr. Herzig remains clinically active as an academic hospitalist at BIDMC where she cares for patients and teaches residents and Harvard Medical students on the general medicine wards.

Current Research Support

K23 AG042459, NIH/NIA, 2013-2018
Improving Use of Sedating Medications in Hospitalized Older Adults. 
Role: PI

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

1. Herzig SJ, Howell MD, Ngo LH, Marcantonio ER. Acid-suppressive medication use and the risk for hospital-acquired pneumonia. JAMA 2009;301(20):2120-2128.

2. Herzig SJ, Vaughn BP, Howell MD, Ngo LH, Marcantonio ER. Acid-suppressive medication use and the risk for nosocomial gastrointestinal tract bleeding. Arch Intern Med 2011;171(11):991-997. PMCID: PMC3142477.

3. Herzig SJ, Rothberg MB, Rothberg MB, Feinbloom DB, Howell MH, Ho KL, Ngo LH, Marcantonio ER. Risk factors for nosocomial gastrointestinal bleeding and use of acid-suppressive medication in non-critically ill patients. J Gen Intern Med 2013; May 28(5):683-690. doi: 10.1007/s11606-012-2296-x. PMCID: PMC3631055.

4. Rothberg MR, Herzig SJ, Pekow PS, Avrunin J, Lagu T, Lindenauer PK. Association between sedating medications and delirium in older inpatients. J Am Geriatr Soc 2013 Jun;61(6):923-930. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12253.

5. Herzig SJ, Rothberg MB, Cheung M, Ngo LH, Marcantonio ER. Opioid utilization and opioid-related adverse events in non-surgical patients in U.S. hospitals. J Hosp Med 2014 Feb;9(2):73-81. doi:1002/jhm.2012. Epub 2013 Nov 13. PMCID: PMC3976956

6. Breu AC, Allen-Dicker J, Mueller S, Palamara K, Hinami K, Herzig SJ. Hospitalist and primary care physician perspectives on medication management of chronic conditions for hospitalized patients. J Hosp Med. 2014 May;9(5):303-9. doi: 10.1002/jhm.2137. Epub 2014 Feb 24. PMCID: PMC4017338

7. Herzig SJ, Doughty C, Lahoti S, Marchina S, Sanan N, Feng W, Kumar S. Acid-suppressive medication use in acute stroke and hospital-acquired pneumonia. Ann Neurol. 2014 Nov;76(5):712-8. doi: 10.1002/ana.24262. Epub 2014 Sep 17. PubMed PMID: 25164323; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4214881.

8. Herzig SJ, Guess JR, Feinbloom DB, Adra M, Afonso KA, Howell MD, Marcantonio ER. Improving appropriateness of acid-suppressive medication use via computerized clinical decision support. J Hosp Med. 2015 Jan;10(1):41-5. doi: 10.1002/jhm.2260. PubMed PMID: 25603790; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4302762.

9. Ronan MV, Herzig SJ. Hospitalizations Related To Opioid Abuse/Dependence And Associated Serious Infections Increased Sharply, 2002-12. Health Aff (Millwood). 2016 May 1;35(5):832-7. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1424. PubMed PMID: 27140989.

10. Herzig SJ, Rothberg MB, Guess JR, Stevens JP, Marshall J, Gurwitz JH, Marcantonio ER. Antipsychotic Use in Hospitalized Adults: Rates, Indications, and Predictors. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Feb;64(2):299-305. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13943. PubMed PMID: 26889839; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4762184.