Susanne Martin Herz, MD, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Pediatrics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address550 16th Street, #2413
San Francisco CA 94158
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    University of Washington, Seattle, WAPhD06/2011Psychology (Child Clinical area)
    Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CAMD05/2003Medicine
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PABSPsychology
    Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA12/2011Fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
    Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA06/2011Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Bioethics
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA06/2011Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disability (LEND) Long-term Trainee
    University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA06/2007Residency in Pediatrics (R3)
    Seattle Children's Hospital/University of Washington, Seattle, WAResidency in Pediatrics (R1/R2)

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    Dr. Susanne Martin Herz is Associate Professor and Transbay Medical 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' scholarly focus is on the prevention/amelioration of neonatal brain injury and developmental disability, neurodevelopmental assessment across contexts, and the epidemiology of developmental disabilities in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). She is currently Principal Investigator on three 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, one investigating early biomarkers of developmental needs, and the third 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. Dr. Martin Herz 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) and Co-Investigator on neurodevelopmental follow-up of infants who received nutrition intervention in the first months of life in Kampala, Uganda. She has more than 20 years’ experience with early childhood development (ECD)/education (ECE) programs in Zimbabwe. Domestically, Dr. Martin Herz is Principal Investigator leading the only North American site of the 12-country, 16-site Global Scales for Early Development Norms & Standards study. She is also a Co-Investigator on an NIH funded national study investigating health and developmental outcomes of children exposed to SARS-CoV-2 in utero.

    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 was a member of the World Health Organization's Nurturing Care Framework Implementation Working Group 2019-2023. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) Global Early Childhood Development Project Advisory Committee (GECD-PAC), an AAP Content/Technical Resource Advisor to the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Developmental Screening Project, and an AAP Representative to the Early Childhood Development Curriculum Committee, Eastern, Central and Southern Africa College of Pediatrics and Child Health (ECSAPACH). She recently joined the World Health Organizations Technical Consultative Group on the Follow-up Care of the Small and Sick Newborn.

    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 currently the Transbay Medical Director for the 3 clinical sites at which Division providers are active. She served as the Division's Associate Director of Clinical Services until 2020. Her clinical effort is currently in both the Intensive Care Nursery Follow-up Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco and its satellites, and 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.
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    1. Growth and neurodevelopmental outcomes of preterm and low birth weight infants in rural Kenya: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 2023 08 31; 13(8):e064678. Martin-Herz SP, Otieno P, Laanoi GM, Moshi V, Olieng'o Okoth G, Santos N, Walker D. PMID: 37652593; PMCID: PMC10476111.
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    2. Researching COVID to enhance recovery (RECOVER) pregnancy study: Rationale, objectives and design. medRxiv. 2023 04 24. Metz TD, Clifton RG, Gallagher R, Gross RS, Horwitz LI, Jacoby VL, Martin-Herz SP, Peralta-Carcelen M, Reeder HT, Beamon CJ, Bind MA, Chan J, Chang AA, Chibnik LB, Costantine MM, Fitzgerald ML, Foulkes AS, Gibson KS, Güthe N, Habli M, Hackney DN, Hoffman MK, Hoffman MC, Hughes BL, Katz SD, Laleau V, Mallett G, Mendez-Figueroa H, Monzon V, Palatnik A, Palomares KTS, Parry S, Peralta-Carcelen M, Pettker CM, Plunkett BA, Poppas A, Reddy UM, Rouse DJ, Saade GR, Sandoval GJ, Schlater SM, Sciurba FC, Simhan HN, Skupski DW, Sowles A, Thaweethai T, Thomas GL, Thorp JM, Tita AT, Weiner SJ, Weigand S, Yee LM, Flaherman VJ. PMID: 37162923; PMCID: PMC10168506.
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    3. Cognitive Development. Pediatr Rev. 2023 Feb 01; 44(2):58-67. Crotty JE, Martin-Herz SP, Scharf RJ. PMID: 36720678.
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    4. Expanding Developmental and Behavioral Health Capacity in Pediatric Primary Care. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2023 09; 62(8):919-925. Jeung J, Talgo J, Sparks A, Martin-Herz SP. PMID: 36609195; PMCID: PMC10411027.
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    5. Adaptation of Essential Care for Every Baby educational program to improve infant outcomes in the context of Zika. BMC Pediatr. 2022 11 21; 22(1):669. McNelis K, Prasanphanich N, Martin-Herz SP, Carter T, Merchant HF, Patterson J, Hager S, Chitashvili T, Jarvis SB, Kamath-Rayne BD. PMID: 36404307; PMCID: PMC9677636.
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    6. Factors Associated With Trajectories of Externalizing Behavior in Preschoolers. Acad Pediatr. 2022 Sep-Oct; 22(7):1212-1220. Martin-Herz SP, Haggerty KP, Neilands TB, Sterling M, Christakis DA. PMID: 34963654.
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    7. Impact of posttraumatic stress disorder and depressive symptoms on quality of life in adolescents after general traumatic injury. J Trauma Stress. 2022 04; 35(2):386-397. Martin-Herz SP, McMahon RJ, Malzyner S, Chiang N, Zatzick DF. PMID: 34861072.
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    8. Adherence to Child Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment Guidelines in Medical Homes-Results from a National Survey. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2021 12 01; 42(9):695-703. AlRasheed RM, Martin-Herz SP, Glidden DV, Okumura MJ. PMID: 34034294.
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    9. Developmental Concerns in Children Coming to the United States as Refugees. Pediatrics. 2021 06; 147(6). Scharf RJ, Zheng C, Briscoe Abath C, Martin-Herz SP. PMID: 34011635.
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    10. Parent mediated intervention programmes for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders in South Asia: A systematic review. PLoS One. 2021; 16(3):e0247432. Koly KN, Martin-Herz SP, Islam MS, Sharmin N, Blencowe H, Naheed A. PMID: 33705420; PMCID: PMC7951928.
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    11. Early Child Development Assessments and Their Associations with Long-Term Academic and Economic Outcomes: A Systematic Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 02 05; 18(4). Isquith-Dicker LN, Kwist A, Black D, Hawes SE, Slyker J, Bergquist S, Martin-Herz SP. PMID: 33562795; PMCID: PMC7915620.
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    12. Colocated Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in Primary Care: Improved Outcome Across Settings. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2020 Jun/Jul; 41(5):340-348. Martin-Herz SP, Buysse CA, DeBattista A, Feldman HM. PMID: 32108124.
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    13. Improving Access to Developmental Evaluations Through Novel Models of Care: A Pilot Study. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019 08; 58(9):1027-1030. Punatar R, Martin-Herz SP. PMID: 31165639.
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    14. Ethical challenges in research with orphans and vulnerable children: a qualitative study of researcher experiences. Int Health. 2016 05; 8(3):187-96. Kelley MC, Brazg T, Wilfond BS, Lengua LJ, Rivin BE, Martin-Herz SP, Diekema DS. PMID: 27178675.
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    15. Health-related quality of life in children and adolescents following traumatic injury: a review. Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev. 2012 Sep; 15(3):192-214. Martin-Herz SP, Zatzick DF, McMahon RJ. PMID: 22527775; PMCID: PMC5502475.
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    16. Predictors of parental posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in the year after adolescent traumatic injury. Acad Pediatr. 2012 May-Jun; 12(3):198-204. Martin-Herz SP, Rivara FP, Wang J, Russo J, Zatzick DF. PMID: 22475821.
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    17. Correlates of reinjury risk in sibling groups: a prospective observational study. Pediatrics. 2010 Mar; 125(3):483-90. Johnston BD, Martin-Herz SP. PMID: 20123764.
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    18. Perceived risks and benefits of HIV testing, and predictors of acceptance of HIV counselling and testing among pregnant women in Zimbabwe. Int J STD AIDS. 2006 Dec; 17(12):835-41. Martin-Herz SP, Shetty AK, Bassett MT, Ley C, Mhazo M, Moyo S, Herz AM, Katzenstein D. PMID: 17212862.
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    19. Comparative study of anxiety, depression, somatization, functional disability, and illness attribution in adolescents with chronic fatigue or migraine. Pediatrics. 2003 Apr; 111(4 Pt 1):e376-81. Smith MS, Martin-Herz SP, Womack WM, Marsigan JL. PMID: 12671155.
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    20. Pediatric pain control practices of North American Burn Centers. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2003 Jan-Feb; 24(1):26-36. Martin-Herz SP, Patterson DR, Honari S, Gibbons J, Gibran N, Heimbach DM. PMID: 12543988.
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    21. Sleep disturbance after burn injury. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2002 Jan-Feb; 23(1):32-8. Boeve SA, Aaron LA, Martin-Herz SP, Peterson A, Cain V, Heimbach DM, Patterson DR. PMID: 11803310.
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    22. Psychological principles of burn wound pain in children. II: Treatment applications. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2000 Sep-Oct; 21(5):458-72; discussion 457. Martin-Herz SP, Thurber CA, Patterson DR. PMID: 11020055.
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    23. Psychological principles of burn wound pain in children. I: theoretical framework. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2000 Jul-Aug; 21(4):376-87; discussion 375. Thurber CA, Martin-Herz SP, Patterson DR. PMID: 10935822.
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    24. Recurrent headache in adolescents: nonreferred versus clinic population. Headache. 1999 Oct; 39(9):616-24. Smith MS, Martin-Herz SP, Womack WM, McMahon RJ. PMID: 11279957.
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    25. Comparison of pain control medication in three age groups of elderly patients. J Burn Care Rehabil. 1997 Nov-Dec; 18(6):500-4. Honari S, Patterson DR, Gibbons J, Martin-Herz SP, Mann R, Gibran NS, Heimbach DM. PMID: 9404983.
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