Dr. Susanne Martin Herz is Associate Professor and Associate Clinical Director in the Division of Developmental Medicine, Department Pediatrics, and Affiliate Faculty in the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences and the UCSF Program in Bioethics.
Dr. Martin Herz' scholarly work focuses primarily on the prevention of neonatal brain injury and developmental delay/disability and the epidemiology of developmental disability in low-resourced settings. She has more than 15 years’ experience working with early childhood development (ECD) programs in Zimbabwe and continues scholarly work and consultation in this area and in global neurodevelopmental assessment. She has a strong background in quality improvement and systems work, including on projects to reduce disparities in access to neurodevelopmental diagnostics and services. Dr. Martin Herz is Co-Investigator on a study of the impact of improved neonatal resuscitation on newborn survival, fresh stillbirth and rates of adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes in urban Harare, Zimbabwe and was Co-Primary Investigator on the recently completed Health and Neurodevelopment follow-up study, nested within Preterm Birth Initiative Kenya in rural Migori County Kenya.
Dr. Martin Herz has been a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on neurodevelopmental strategy and programs since September 2016 and was a technical advisor on an American Academy of Pediatrics/USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) project “Strengthening Services in the Context of the Zika Epidemic in the English-speaking Caribbean” in 2018-2019. She is a member of the World Health Organization's Nurturing Care Framework Implementation Working Group and the American Academy of Pediatrics' Global Early Childhood Development Project Advisory Committee (GECD-PAC).
Dr. Martin Herz serves as the Division’s Associate Director of Clinical Services for the 4 clinical sites in which Division providers are active. She is currently PI on a Mount Zion Health Fund grant to improve access to Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics services and education within primary care and has spearheaded development of 4 novel programs of clinical care to reduce disparities in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics access. Her clinical effort is currently at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she is active in the assessment and management of young children with developmental delay, concern for autism spectrum disorder or behavior concerns.
Dr. Martin Herz completed medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency in Pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital and UCSF. She completed a fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital, a PhD in Psychology at the University of Washington and a Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Bioethics at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics in 2011. She joined the faculty at UCSF in 2014.