Meet Dr. Hedaya

Dr HedayaROBERT J. HEDAYA, MD, ABPN, DLFAPA, IFMCP, is a caring compassionate doctor who is devoted to restoring each of his patients to health.  He gets to know each patient thoroughly – psychologically and medically.  Dr. Hedaya has been at the cutting edge of medical practice, psychiatry and psychopharmacology since 1979.  He has decades of clinical training and experience, is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a Distinguished Fellow of American Psychiatric Association, and is certified as proficient in psychopharmacology by The American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.  Dr. Hedaya acquired specialized training in psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Clinician and Professor

Dr. Hedaya is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center, where has been awarded the “Teacher of the Year” while teaching courses on Affective Disorders, Cognitive Therapy and PNIE (Psycho-neuro-immuno-endocrinolgy).

Dr. Hedaya teaches Functional Medicine both locally and nationally. He teaches physicians regularly at the Institute for Functional Medicine, The Walsh Research Institute, Georgetown University School of Medicine, as well as local physicians. He teaches about Mood disorders, PTSD, Precision Medicine, Genetics, Methylation, Functional Gastroenterology, Endocrinology and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Infectious Medicine and Toxicology, as applied to Neuropsychiatric disorders.

Dr. Hedaya is a faculty member and master clinician at the Institute for Functional Medicine.  

Visionary Thinker and Author

With the publication of his first book, Understanding Biological Psychiatry, he pioneered the use of Functional Medicine in the psychiatric field. In it,  he explains how the brain works and how brain function relates to physical symptoms and cognitive and emotional well-being.

His second book, The Anti-depressant Survival Program, Dr. Hedaya  notes that there is a dark side to these “wonder drugs” — punishing side effects such as weight gain, lethargy, and sexual dysfunction that afflict up to 80 percent of the people who take them. Until now, side effect sufferers have had nowhere to turn for help.  All too often their doctors dismiss side effects as “necessary evils” and urge patients to “learn to live with them.” Beginning with a Five-Day Jump Start that motivates and shows quick results, Dr. Hedaya takes you step by step through his lifestyle program for restoring lost vitality, sex drive, and desired weight. Then he offers results-oriented advice about how to work with your doctor to supplement vital hormones, vitamins, and micronutrients that are often depleted by antidepressants. There are also special sections written expressly for your doctor.

In Depression: Advancing the Treatment Paradigm, written for professionals, Dr. Hedaya details the nature of depression as a complex, multifactorial condition that is co-morbid with many chronic diseases, demanding a new approach that identifies and addresses the common underlying metabolic dysregulations. He  bridges the gap between current and best practice by presenting a comprehensive, systems-oriented approach to solving the problem of depression.

Dr. Hedaya never stops learning. He wants his patients to benefit from the latest research and approaches. He presents his own research at professional conferences.  In addition to his private practice, he teaches fellow physicians, medical students, and other healthcare clinicians.

Because he is known in his profession as a thinking man’s doctor who’s learned in the latest medical technologies and methodologies, Dr. Hedaya has treated many fellow physicians in his practice.

Medical Approach

Dr. Robert Hedaya evaluates each patient focusing on the detailed evaluation and bi-directional interactions between and among a their:

  • hormonal system
  • immune system
  • gastrointestinal system
  • nutrition
  • environment
  • inflammation
  • infection
  • genetics
  • detoxification
  • cell signaling
  • life circumstance
  • age
  • gender

Recent Professional Presentations

Walsh Research Institute, Evanston, IL

Mastering Brain Chemistry: Physician Education Workshop

The Walsh Research Institute Medical Practitioner Education Program offers unique opportunities for physicians and medical practitioners to learn advanced, drug-free, nutrient-based approaches for their patients challenged by autism spectrum disorders, behavior disorders, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, clinical depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and neurodegenerative disorders.

The sessions include an update on new advances in brain science, the impact of nutrient imbalances on brain levels of key neurotransmitters, the ability of specific nutrients to regulate gene expression of proteins and normalize neurotransmission, and research related to enhancement of the body’s protection against environmental toxins.

Institute for Functional Medicine, San Antonio, TX

Stress, Pain, and Addiction: Transformative Treatments and Innovative Solutions

This year, IFM’s 2019 Annual International Conference provides the tools to definitively impact patient care. Functional Medicine leverages comprehensive assessments and personalized multifactorial treatment strategies to untangle these often interconnected issues, making it uniquely positioned to transform how we address stress, pain, and addiction in clinical practice. Join IFM in San Antonio, TX, to engage with cutting-edge research and clinical insights regarding stress, pain, and addiction and help improve outcomes for the majority of your patients.

Dr. Hedaya will present: A Functional Approach to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Institute for Functional Medicine, Denver, CO

Illuminating the Energy Spectrum: Evidence and Emerging Clinical Solutions for Managing Pain, Fatigue, and Cognitive Dysfunction

Dr. Hedaya will present: A Functional Approach to Depression clinical considerations and case-based applications


Dr. Hedaya has been featured as an expert consultant numerous times, including television appearances on the Today Show, Fox, CBS Evening News, 20/20, MSNBC, and CNN.  He blogs for Psychology Today.