Robert J. Hedaya, M.D., A.B.P.N., D.F.A.P.A., 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.  He takes an extensive personal history, employs leading-edge testing, analyzes all the data to create a personalized health restoration treatment plan.

Dr. Robert Hedaya is a pioneer and teacher of Functional Medicine, which offers proven, data-driven results in the treatment of medical mysteries. It is a comprehensive holistic systemic approach to health.

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.

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


Additional treatment modalities used:

Laser: Dr. Hedaya is pioneering a revolutionary technique, by using qEEG guided laser treatment for various neuropsychiatric disorders, using an algorithm directed protocol. Laser light activates the mitochondria in the brain making more ATP (energy molecule that is needed for all bodily functions) within minutes. Providing energy directly, allows the brain circuits to normalize their function, and communication patterns in a rapid manner.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT): The Center for Whole Psychiatry & Brain Recovery is now using HBOT for traumatic brain injury and cognitive impairment. HBOT has been approved for 14 medical conditions and the evidence indicates that HBOT quickly (first session) reduces inflammation, increases blood, oxygen and nutrient flow and thus, tissue healing. Over time it increases production of stem cells throughout the body. Stem cells help tissues repair. HBOT is useful in vascular depression (onset late in life), cognitive impairment at most stages, Lyme disease as an adjunctive treatment, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia. It has been reported to be useful in autism.

Quantitative Electroencephalography Testing: Electroencephalography (EEG) is the measurement of electrical patterns at the surface of the scalp which reflect cortical activity, and are commonly referred to as “brainwaves”.  Quantitative EEG (qEEG) is the analysis of the digitized EEG, and in lay terms this sometimes is also called “Brain Mapping”. The qEEG is an extension of the analysis of the visual EEG interpretation which may assist and even augment our understanding of the EEG and brain function.

A Doctor’s Doctor

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

Physicians’ Teacher

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.

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.

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.

Since 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.


Upcoming 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.

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 follow.