About Dr. Robert J. Hedaya


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Robert J. Hedaya, M.D., A.B.P.N., D.F.A.P.A., a pioneer in Functional Medicine, which offers proven, data-driven results in the treatment of medical mysteries. It is a comprehensive to health. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Hedaya, a visionary in the field of psychiatry, teaches fellow physicians, medical students, and other healthcare clinicians. He is a Clinical Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine.  Dr. Hedaya is the author of three books, hundreds of articles, and has been called upon by the media for his medical expertise.

My passion is solving people’s medical mysteries so they can get proper treatment and live the life they know they were meant to live. The greatest professional joy and privilege I can have is to help my patients regain a sense of vibrant wellness and hear them say, “I feel better than I have in years”. Feeling better physically and mentally improves all aspects of one’s life – both personally and professionally.

Medical Approach

Dr. Hedaya evaluates medical mysteries by focusing on the detailed evaluation and bi-directional interactions between and among a person’s hormonal system, immune system, gastrointestinal system, nutrition, environment, inflammation, infection, genetics, detoxification, cell signaling, life circumstance, age and gender.

Education and Training

Dr. Hedaya has decades of clinical training and experience. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Distinguished Fellow of American Psychiatric Association. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. He is certified as proficient in psychopharmacology by The American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. Dr. Hedaya has been recognized as a Master Clinician in functional medicine by the Institute for Functional Medicine.

Dr. Hedaya  acquired specialized training in psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center and at the National Institute of Mental Health. He continued on to acquire advanced training in functional medicine and orthomolecular psychiatry.

Teacher and Author

Georgetown University - Dr. HedayaSince 1983, Dr. Hedaya has managed an active private clinical practice while also teaching at the Georgetown University School of Medicine where he is a clinical professor of psychiatry. He has been a consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health and was selected to teach the first psychoendocrinology course at the Georgetown University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Hedaya presents and teaches at medical and professional conferences nationwide. He  also conducts no-cost monthly workshops by phone for both medical and mental health professionals and lay people nationwide. 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 is an expert on Dr. Oz’s Sharecare website and writes a blog for Psychology Today.

Dr. Hedaya is recipient of the Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association and has been voted Outstanding Teacher of the Year multiple times by the Georgetown University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. He is author of Understanding Biological Psychiatry (Norton, 1996), The Antidepressant Survival Program: How to Beat the Side Effects and Enhance the Benefits of Your Medication (Crown-Harmony, 2000), and Depression: Advancing the Treatment Paradigm (2008, the Institute for Functional Medicine). A full publication and research list follows.

Professional Status

Current Professional Status

  • Founder, The National Center for Whole Psychiatry
  • Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University, Department of Psychiatry
  • Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • The Endocrine Society, Active Member
  • Washington Psychiatric Society
  • Suburban Maryland Psychiatric Society

Society Affiliations

Previous Society Affiliations:

  • American Group Psychotherapy Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American Pain Society
  • Maryland Chirurgical Society
  • Metropolitan Washington Society for Adolescent Psychiatry
  • The Mid-Atlantic Environmental Medicine Network


Certification and Licensure

  • Fellow American Psychiatric Association
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry, 1995 - 2005
  • The American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • Licensed in the State of Maryland
  • Licensed in the District of Columbia
  • Licensed in the State of New York


Honors and Awards:

  • Phi Beta Kappa: S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, 1974
  • B.A., Cum Laude: S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, 1974
  • Pediatrics Honors Award: S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo School of Medicine, 1976
  • Physicians Recognition Award: American Medical Association, 1983-1996
  • Outstanding Teacher Award: Georgetown University Department of Psychiatry, 1993
  • Clinician of the Month: Functional Medicine Update: February, 1997
  • Community Service Award: Washington Psychiatric Society, 1997
  • Outstanding Teacher Award: Georgetown University Department of Psychiatry, 1997
  • Clinician of the Month: Audio Interview for Functional Medicine Update, March 1997
  • Outstanding Teacher Award: Georgetown University Department of Psychiatry, 1999
  • Historical Society’s Who’s Who Recipient: International Who’s Who of Professionals, 2002
  • Institute for Functional Medicine, Master Clinician, May, 2009


Scholarship, Publications and Research:

  • Pharmacokinetic Factors in the Clinical Use of L-Tryptophan. Hedaya, R.J., J. of Clinical Psychopharmacology, Vol. 4, No. 6, December 1984.
  • The Womanizer: Hedaya, R.J., Journal of Human Sexuality, Vol. 9, No 1, 1985.
  • Carcinoid Carcinomatous Meningitis: Nagourney, R.A., Hedaya, R.J.; Annals of Internal Medicine, Volume 102, pp.779-782, 1985.
  • Utility of Thyrotropin Releasing Hormone in Clinical Practice: A Retrospective Analysis of Thirty Cases: Hedaya, R.J; Manuscript In Preparation.
  • Understanding Biological Psychiatry Hedaya, R.J., 1996, Norton Publishing Company (311 pages), Professional Book Division.
  • Bullies, Bullets and the Happy Genes Theory
    Letter to the Editor New York Times
    July 19, 1996
  • Seasonal Depression in Patients with Dissociative Disorders: Clark, H.C., Hedaya, R.J., Rosenthal, N.E. In: Journal Of Nervous and Mental Disease: 184;7;433-437. July, 1996.
  • The Antidepressant Survival Program: How to Beat the Side Effects and Enhance the Benefits of Your Medication Hedaya, R.J., 2000, Crown Publishers (292 pages).
  • Book Chapter: Stress, Spirituality, Poverty and Community
    Texbook of Functional Medicine, Institute for Functional Medicine
    Gig Harbor, Washington (2006).
  • Depression: Advancing the Treatment Paradigm, Hedaya, R.J., Institute for Functional Medicine, Gig Harbor, Washington (May 2008).

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