Fredrick Hecht, MD

Dr. Hecht is the Osher Foundation Endowed Chair in Research in Integrative Medicine and a Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. He is also Research Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Hecht received his MD from SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, and completed Internal Medicine residency at Montefiore Medical Center/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine Residency Program in Social Medicine. He received training in clinical research methods during a fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology at UCSF.

Following fellowship, Dr. Hecht developed a multidisciplinary research program investigating early (primary) HIV infection. This work has built one of the largest and most productive cohort studies of early HIV infection in the world, the Options Project, with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This research has investigated the clinical, epidemiological, immunologic, virologic, and behavioral aspects of primary (initial) HIV infection. He has served as co-director of the UCSF Center for AIDS Research Behavioral and Epidemiology core, a board member of the HIV Medicine Association, and an Associate Editor of AIDS Clinical Care.

At the UCSF Osher Center, Dr. Hecht has built a research program that focuses on diet, lifestyle, and mind-body interventions. His research includes approaches to improve adherence to diet in diabetes and obesity, as well as comparing diet approaches in diabetes. He is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed articles, and has been the principal investigator of 13 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or Centers for Disease Control. He directs the UCSF Training in Research in Integrative Medicine fellowship program, funded by NIH. He is very active in training the next generation of researchers, including serving as a key mentor for 8 successful NIH K-grant junior career development awardees.

Dr. Hecht has practiced yoga and meditation for more than 30 years, which helped form his interest in rigorous research on the biological effects of these practices. He is also an avid distance runner and cyclist.