Department Chair since 2009, Dr Hegstad embraces the trust our trainees place in us and the obligation and joy for faculty members to “pay forward” their own opportunities. He has overseen renewal and growth of the faculty, more than doubling the faculty employment at the University.
A graduate of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Dr. Hegstad did his Internal Medicine Residency training at Loma Linda University and served as Chief Medical Resident at its Riverside General Hospital (now Riverside University Medical Center) affiliate. For nearly a decade, he served as Chair of its Department of Medicine.
He has served as Governor of the Southern California Region II Chapter of the American College of Physicians and President of the American College of Physicians California Chapters. For more than a decade, he was a member of the College Health and Public Policy Committee. He served as Public Relations spokesman for the College, doing radio and television appearances. In 2011, he was awarded Mastership in the American College of Physicians.
He has had a long-standing engagement in education. He has served as the Department of Medicine Student Education Director and has been recipient of the University’s “Teacher of the Year Award.”
He and his wife Alane live in Loma Linda. In off hours, you will find Dr. Hegstad riding his mountain bike, trapping gophers, or doing home-improvement projects.