Born in Kittery, ME, Dr. Schocken graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Chemistry (1970) and M.D. (1974). After medical internship and
residency training at Duke, Dr. Schocken became a Clinical Associate in the Metabolism Section, Clinical Physiology Branch of the National Institute on Aging. He returned to Duke in 1977 to resume medical residency and complete his Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases (1981). Dr. Schocken then joined the faculty of the University of South Florida College of Medicine.
At the time he returned to Duke in 2008, Dr. Schocken was past Director, Division of Cardiology and past Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Training Program at U.S.F. He was Director of Cardiovascular Services, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and also Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, U.S.F. as well as Courtesy Professor in the Department of Gerontology of the College of Arts and Letters at U.S.F. He had been medical director of cardiac rehabilitation programs at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa and at Tampa General Hospital. At Tampa General Dr. Schocken also Chaired the Section of Cardiology for 25 years. At Duke, Dr. Schocken now serves as medical Director of the Duke Heart Center Clinic at Southpoint.
Author or co-author of over 100 published manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters and a textbook, Dr. Schocken has had long interest in preventive cardiology, heart failure, aging and the heart as well as cancer and heart disease. He is a past President of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology. He has been recognized by the American Heart Association as recipient of its National Chairman’s Award for 2002 and as National Science Advocate of the Year for 2007.
A member of DUCCS since the late 1980’s, Dr. Schocken was President of DUCCS from1997-1999. He currently serves as a faculty liaison between Duke intramural faculty and the DUCCS organization and board of directors.