Dr. Davidoff received his MD degree from Columbia University in 1959, and took his residency training in internal medicine and endocrinology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He served on the faculty at Harvard and the University of Connecticut Medical Schools prior to becoming Senior Vice President for Education at the American College of Physicians, then Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine in 1995. After retiring from the Annals, Dr. Davidoff became Executive Editor for the Boston-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Dr. Davidoff has been the principal investigator of research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Fund for Medical Education, the Commonwealth Fund, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the American College of Physicians-American Society for Internal Medicine Foundation.
He has served on the Non-Prescription Drug Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration, and is a member of the editorial boards of Quality and Safety in Healthcare and the Journal of General Internal Medicine. His publications include more than 130 original papers and book chapters on lipid metabolism, diabetes, and molecular pharmacology, as well as medical education, medical decision-making, publication, research ethics, and quality improvement. He has also written numerous editorials and commentary on clinical medicine, medical editing, and the environment of medical practice. Dr. Davidoff is the author of a book of essays, Who Has Seen a Blood Sugar? Reflections on Medical Education.