Title: 1) Professor of Medicine 2) Department Chair
Company: 1) University of Colorado 2) National Jewish Health
Location: Denver, Colorado, United States
Richard J. Martin, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado and Department Chair at National Jewish Health, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pulmonary critical care, respiratory health, research and education.
Dr. Martin aspired to be a doctor for as long as he could remember and originally thought he would follow in the footsteps of his father, who was an internationally-renowned psychiatrist. At the encouragement of one of his professors to forge his own path in medicine, Dr. Martin chose to become a general practitioner, and during an internship fell in love with the pulmonary health subspecialty. Since then, he has gone on to help patients in this respect as well as prepare future medical professionals for their journeys into the medical field. He currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Medicine at National Jewish Center and as a professor of pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine at the University of Colorado. Furthermore, he is involved with a joint venture between National Jewish Health and Mount Sinai, where he helped develop the Mount Sinai National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute and serves on its board of directors.
Dr. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan in 1967 and continued at the institute to receive an MD in 1971. Following his graduation, Dr. Martin’s path through the medical profession was a bit unconventional. While working in his internship, he was drafted for the Vietnam War, and decided to forgo a residency. However, the war began to deescalate and he was no longer needed. Instead of finding a residency, he worked at the Indian Health Service at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center for two years. This experience was transformative as he treated many conditions that physicians did not commonly encounter. After this turning point in his career, he completed a residency at Tulane University and completed a fellowship at the University of Oklahoma with Bob Rogers, who was a very prominent pulmonologist. Dr. Martin was recruited early on to work for National Jewish Health by Reuben Cherinack, considered by many to be a grandfather of pulmonary physiology, and he was a fantastic mentor to Dr. Martin, and he helped him transition into academics.
A respected voice in the field, Dr. Martin has written extensively in the field and served on several editorial boards, including for publications at Lung Cancer Frontiers and the American Journal of Respiratory Medicine (now Treatments in Respiratory Medicine. He has contributed chapters to “Current Review of Asthma,” “The Merck Manual,” “Asthma Critical Debates,” and “Imaging of Diffuse Lung Disease.” Dr. Martin published “Combination Therapy for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,” “Nocturnal Asthma: Mechanisms and Interventions” and “Cardiorespiratory Disorders During Sleep.”
Throughout his career, Dr. Martin has secured numerous grants, including from the Cohen Family Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, Alair2 Trial, GlaxoSmithKline, the Frisons Corporation, the American Lung Association, and Merck, Sharpe & Dohme. In addition, Dr. Martin’s work has been recognized with multiple accolades, such as being honored among America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and American Men & Women of Science. Woodward/White, Inc. has recognized him as a Top Doctor since 1996, and in 2015, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from National Jewish Health.
Looking toward the future, Dr. Martin endeavors to continue teaching and mentoring younger professionals as well as looking forward to retirement.
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