Meet Dr. John Hernried, our compassionate, experienced medical director.

john-hernriedThe CEO, medical director and thought leader of The Hernried Center for Medical Weight Loss, Dr. Hernried has personally helped over 2,000 people lose weight and live healthier lives in the Sacramento area and beyond. As someone who has struggled with his own weight, Dr. Hernried feels great empathy for those he treats, who have often tried to lose weight numerous times and yet remain unsuccessful — sometimes even after bariatric surgery. To help fight the growing obesity epidemic and give people the healthier, thinner lives they desire, Dr. Hernried has dedicated his practice to offering a scientific, effective and permanent weight loss solution.


Dr. Hernried, in his own words…

“Both of my parents were physicians, and witnessing the personal satisfaction they felt when taking care of patients was the primary motivator for me to pursue medicine. After working as a primary care physician for a few years, I began to see the truth about obesity: it wasn’t a sign of a lack of willpower, as I had been trained, but rather a disease of abnormal energy storage. I knew that if I could help people lose weight, then I’d be able to effectively treat their other related conditions. I now get to take people off their medication rather than prescribe them more, which I find quite rewarding.

“Patient interaction is undoubtedly my favorite aspect of my work. I find that the best way to help a patient is to simply talk, connect and understand their struggle. And I have trained each member of the medical staff with that philosophy in mind. Also, as a former primary care physician myself, I know how overwhelming that job can be, so I enjoy collaborating with primary care physicians to help their patients live happier, healthier lives.

“Here at The Hernried Center, what you put into our program is what you get out of it, and nothing excites us more than helping a patient who is enthusiastic about changing their life. All of our doctors and behavioral health educators are specially trained right here at The Hernried Center. I’m extremely proud of their clinical effectiveness and compassion for our patients, and it’s amazing to see our strong team atmosphere make such a positive impact.”


Board-Certified: Internal Medicine

Diplomate: American Board of Obesity Medicine

Fellow: American College of Physicians

Residency: Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Davis, CA

MD: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, Lubbock, TX

BA: English, Zoology, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Member: The Obesity Society, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, American College of Physicians


Professional leadership positions:

  • CEO/Medical Director, The Hernried Center for Medical Weight Loss, 2013-present
  • Medical Director, Sutter Weight Management Institute, 2010-2014
  • Director, Sutter Davis Weight Management Center, 1997-1999
  • Associate Program Director, Sutter Family Practice Residency Program, 1996-1999
  • Medical Director, Sutter West Medical Group, 1994-1996



  • The Gold-Headed Cane Award, Texas Tech School of Medicine, awarded to the individual who best exemplifies the attributes of an outstanding practitioner
  • Sacramento Magazine “Top 200 Doctors”
  • Davis Enterprise “Top Doctors”
  • Solano Magazine Top Doctors in Weight Management


For more information on Dr. Hernried, call 800-815-4881. You can also request a free phone consultation by using our easy online form.