Dr. Raquel G. Hernandez is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In addition to leading the pediatric residency program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Dr. Hernandez delivers patient care at the 259-bed hospital and participates in clinical research.
Her clinical interests include general pediatric and adolescent medicine, as well as childhood nutrition and obesity.
At Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, Dr. Hernandez is the director of the Office of Medical Education. In this role, she has been instrumental in developing all aspects of the medical residency program and in inaugurating the program’s first class of physician leaders. Dr. Hernandez also developed and implemented the framework for the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Clinic to be a leading practice in clinical care, research and education.
Her work involves assessing the needs of residents to enhance the care of patients with limited English proficiency. She also is an ongoing contributor to the Johns Hopkins Internet Physician Education Assessment Curriculum, an electronic pediatrics-focused training program used in more than 30 pediatric residency programs across the U.S.
Dr. Hernandez completed her medical school training, pediatric residency and fellowship in academic general pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During her fellowship she also earned a master of public health degree with an emphasis on nutrition from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Her research currently focuses on prevention and management of childhood obesity. She has identified factors that enhance obesity prevention and treatment efforts in within the pediatric primary care setting, with a focus on the role of parental perceptions of child weight, parental participation and modifiable factors in obesity prevention.