Dr. Susanne Martin Herz is Assistant Professor and Associate Clinical Director in the Division of Developmental Medicine, Department Pediatrics, and Affiliate Faculty in the UCSF Program in Bioethics.
Her scholarly work focusses 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-Primary Investigator on the Health and Neurodevelopment follow-up study, nested within Preterm Birth Initiative Kenya in rural Migori County Kenya, and 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. She 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.
Dr. Martin Herz serves as the Division’s Associate Director of Clinical Services for the 4 sites in which Division providers are clinical 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.