herzigResearch Concentrations

  • Pharmacoepidemiology 
  • Medication Utilization 
  • Physician Decision Making

Contact Information

Email: sherzig@bidmc.harvard.edu 

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 and an RO1 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 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

R01 HS026215, AHRQ, 2018-2023
Characterizing Opioid-Related Adverse Events in Older Adults After Hospital Discharge
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, 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Herzig SJ, Calcaterra SL, Mosher HJ, Ronan MV, Van Groningen N, Shek L, Loffredo A, Keller M, Jena AB, Nuckols TK. Safe Opioid Prescribing for Acute Non-Cancer Pain in Hospitalized Adults: A Systematic Review of Existing Guidelines. J Hosp Med. 2018 Apr;13(4):256-262. doi: 10.12788/jhm.2979. PMID: 29624188.
  8. Herzig SJ, Mosher HJ, Calcaterra SL, Jena AB, Nuckols TK. Improving the Safety of Opioid Use for Acute Non-Cancer Pain in Hospitalized Adults: A Consensus Statement from the Society of Hospital Medicine. J Hosp Med. 2018 Apr;13(4):263-271. doi: 10.12788/jhm.2980. PMID: 29624189.
  9. Herzig SJ, Schnipper JL, Doctoroff L, Kim CS, Flanders SA, Robinson EJ, Ruhnke GW, Thomas L, Kripalani S, Lindenauer PK, Williams MV, Metlay JP, Auerbach AD. Physician perspectives on factors contributing to readmissions and potential prevention strategies: a multicenter survey. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Nov;31(11):1287-1293. doi: 10.1007/s11606-016-3764-5. Epub 2016 Jun 9. PMID: 27282857; PMCID: PMC5071281
  10. Graham KL, Auerbach AD, Schnipper JL, Flanders SA, Kim CS, Robinson EJ, Ruhnke GW, Thomas LR, Kripalani S, Vasilevskis EE, Fletcher GS, Sehgal NJ, Lindenauer PK, Williams MV, Metlay JP, Davis RB, Yang J, Marcantonio ER, Herzig SJ. Preventability of Early Versus Late Hospital Readmissions in a National Cohort of General Medicine Patients. Ann Intern Med. 2018 Jun 5;168(11):766-774. doi: 10.7326/M17-1724. Epub 2018 May 1. PMID: 29710243.