Susanne Martin Herz, MD, PhD

Dr. Susanne Martin Herz is Associate Professor and Associate Clinical Director in the Division of Developmental Medicine, Department Pediatrics at University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and Affiliate Faculty in the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences and the UCSF Program in Bioethics.

Dr. Martin Herz' focus primarily on the prevention/amelioration of neonatal brain injury and developmental disability, neurodevelopmental assessment across contexts, and the epidemiology of developmental disabilities in LMIC. She is currently Principal Investigator on two studies in Zimbabwe, one evaluating neurodevelopmental assessment tools for earlier detection of disability/disability risk in infants with perinatal asphyxia with the goal to improve access to early intervention and the other a qualitative study of caregiver experience of raising a child with disability in this context. She is also Co-Investigator on a study of improved neonatal resuscitation impact on newborn survival, fresh stillbirth and rates of cerebral palsy and adverse neurodevelopmental outcome in urban Harare, Zimbabwe and a participant in the Zimbabwe Children's Rehabilitation Units cerebral palsy and developmental disability register program. She is also Co-Principal Investigator on a study of the long-term health and neurodevelopment of infants born preterm or low birth weight in rural western Kenya, (nested within the recently completed Preterm Birth Initiative East Africa cohort). She has more than 20 years’ experience with early childhood development (ECD)/education (ECE) programs in Zimbabwe.

Dr. Martin Herz was a consultant on neurodevelopmental strategy and programs to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2016 to 2020 and a technical advisor on a American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) project 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 has extensive experience in health systems strengthening and quality improvement, including projects to reduce disparities in access to neurodevelopmental diagnostics and services. This includes her role as a technical advisor on the AAP/USAID ASSIST project “Strengthening Services in the Context of the Zika Epidemic in the English-speaking Caribbean.” In addition, she has significant clinical program development experience and lead creation of four novel models of clinical care that improved access and reduced wait time for evaluation and services. She was Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on five cycles of funding related to clinical program quality improvement and has participated in four Kaizen Process Improvement/Value Stream efforts. Dr. Martin Herz has been a member of county-wide systems change committees and an interagency coordinating council. She currently serves on the Models of Care subcommittee of the Practice Issues Committee for the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Dr. Martin Herz is the Division’s Associate Director of Clinical Services for the 4 clinical sites at which Division providers are active. 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.
12/2011 - Fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Seattle Children's Hospital
06/2011 - Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Bioethics, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Hospital
06/2011 - Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disability (LEND) Long-term Trainee, University of Washington
PhD, 06/2011 - Psychology (Child Clinical area), University of Washington
06/2007 - Residency in Pediatrics (R3), University of California San Francisco
MD, 05/2003 - Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
- Residency in Pediatrics (R1/R2), Seattle Children's Hospital/University of Washington
BS, - Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
  1. Factors Associated with Trajectories of Externalizing Behavior in Preschoolers.
  2. Impact of posttraumatic stress disorder and depressive symptoms on quality of life in adolescents after general traumatic injury.
  3. Adherence to Child Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment Guidelines in Medical Homes-Results from a National Survey.
  4. Developmental Concerns in Children Coming to the United States as Refugees.
  5. Parent mediated intervention programmes for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders in South Asia: A systematic review.
  6. Early Child Development Assessments and Their Associations with Long-Term Academic and Economic Outcomes: A Systematic Review.
  7. Colocated Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in Primary Care: Improved Outcome Across Settings.
  8. Improving Access to Developmental Evaluations Through Novel Models of Care: A Pilot Study.
  9. Ethical challenges in research with orphans and vulnerable children: a qualitative study of researcher experiences.
  10. Health-related quality of life in children and adolescents following traumatic injury: a review.
  11. Predictors of parental posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in the year after adolescent traumatic injury.
  12. Correlates of reinjury risk in sibling groups: a prospective observational study.
  13. Perceived risks and benefits of HIV testing, and predictors of acceptance of HIV counselling and testing among pregnant women in Zimbabwe.
  14. Comparative study of anxiety, depression, somatization, functional disability, and illness attribution in adolescents with chronic fatigue or migraine.
  15. Pediatric pain control practices of North American Burn Centers.
  16. Sleep disturbance after burn injury.
  17. Psychological principles of burn wound pain in children. II: Treatment applications.
  18. Psychological principles of burn wound pain in children. I: theoretical framework.
  19. Recurrent headache in adolescents: nonreferred versus clinic population.
  20. Comparison of pain control medication in three age groups of elderly patients.