Herman Hedriana has been appointed division director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) at UC Davis Health. Hedriana was previously assistant professor in residence and director of perinatal research at UC Davis Health from 1994 to 1998. In addition, he worked in a busy Sacramento Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) practice for close to 20 years while remaining an active member of the volunteer clinical faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) at UC Davis Health.
As the new division director, Hedriana will focus on premature birth risk assessment, including preterm labor evaluation and effective use of antenatal corticosteroids, as well as prenatal diagnosis/screening, perinatal safety initiatives, prenatal diagnosis (including first trimester screening and amniocentesis), fetal ultrasound and management of labor. Hedriana has authored peer-reviewed publications in these areas of interest and is an active volunteer for March of Dimes, working on prematurity prevention, health care disparities and health care policies involving different California communities.
“I have come full circle after joining UC Davis as a junior faculty straight out of fellowship training and leaving and coming back full-time. Despite being in private practice and industry for 20 years, the passion for teaching and research never left me,” Hedriana said. “Although research in the private sector was fulfilling, I missed the academic environment and the interaction with the residents and medical students. Although first and foremost, patient care takes precedence over my research and academic fulfillment. I look forward in expanding our perinatal services, keeping in mind the need in areas outside of Sacramento. In so doing, I hope to continue championing perinatal safety and knocking down disparity barriers to access perinatal medicine.”
Hedriana received his bachelor’s degree from the Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation Institute of Medicine in Manila, Philippines in 1983. Hedriana completed his residency training in OB/GYN at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University at Harlem Hospital Center. His fellowship training in MFM took place at the University of California, San Diego. Hedriana is board certified in both OB/GYN and MFM and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Pacific Coast Obstetrical and Gynecological Society.