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Dr. Marcus L. Martin

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Dr. Marcus L. MartinMarcus L. Martin

Dr. Marcus L. Martin is Professor and past chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia.  He held the chair position from July 1996 to December 2006.  Dr. Martin’s Emergency Medicine responsibilities included the adult and pediatric emergency departments, chest pain unit, express care, Pegasus air ambulance, the Blue Ridge Poison Center, paramedic training program, emergency medicine residency program and several emergency medicine fellowship programs. During his tenure at UVa. Dr. Martin served as Assistant Dean, School of Medicine, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Equity and Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity.  On July 25, 2009, Dr. Martin was appointed Interim Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity and on April 1, 2011 Dr. Martin was appointed Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity.

A native of Covington, Virginia, he earned bachelor’s degrees in pulp and paper technology (1970) and chemical engineering (1971) from North Carolina State University and was employed  as a production chemical engineer at WESTVACO in Covington, Virginia.  A member of the charter class of Eastern Virginia Medical School and the first African American graduate, he earned his medical degree in 1976.


Dr. Martin was commissioned by the US Public Health Service and later served as general medical officer at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico.  He completed emergency medicine residency training at the University of Cincinnati in 1981 and held a series of staff and administrative/teaching posts at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.  He is a founding member of the Board of Visitors of North Carolina State University. Dr. Martin was the first African American to play varsity football at NC State.  

Dr. Martin served as the clinical director of the summer program for underrepresented pre-med students, the Summer Medical Dental Education Program, formerly MAAP.  He was the first African-American to head a clinical department at U.Va. He co-chaired the Health System Diversity Council in 2000 and was an inaugural member of the UVa. Women’s Leadership Council.   

With a team of UVa., health care providers, Martin traveled to Louisiana in September 2005 and February 2006 to serve the disadvantaged populations – black and white – through medical relief efforts subsequent to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  

Dr. Martin established EMCERT (Emergency Medicine Center for Education, Research and Technology) and the Life Saving Techniques course for medical students at UVa. using computerized human patient simulation.  Dr. Martin has published widely in journals and has contributed textbook and book chapters in his area of medical expertise.  He was recently selected as one of “the top 100 most influential black graduates of NC State University”.  In April 2007 Dr. Martin was appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to serve on the Secure Commonwealth Panel and as Vice Chair of the Virginia Tech Incident Review Panel.

He was a Board Member for 12 years and past-president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine(SAEM).  He is past president of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors.  He received the 1994 Emergency Medicine Residents’ Joseph F. Waeckerle Founders Award.  He is the recipient of the 2008 SAEM Diversity Interest Group Leadership Award named the Marcus L. Martin Leadership Award in his honor.  Dr. Martin is also the recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award 2008 for the state of Virginia presented by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. 

Dr. Martin and his wife, Donna, have four adult children (three graduates of U.Va).