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Thomas R. Martin, M.D.

Thomas R. Martin, MD is Director of the Primary and Specialty Medicine Service Line at VA Puget Sound Health Care System and Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA,. Dr. Martin joined the faculty in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington in 1980 and with the exception of sabbatical years as a visiting scientist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, and later at the Geneva Biomedical Research Institute and University of Geneva in Switzerland, he has spent his career at VA Puget Sound and the University of Washington. Dr. Martin received his M.D. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1973 and completed his residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, where he also served as a Chief Medical Resident. After his Chief Residency, he accepted a one year position at the Shiraz University Hospital in Iran as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine, following up on an experience he had in college, when he spent a summer in Iran studying the delivery of health care in Iranian villages.

Dr. Martin has had a career in clinical care, teaching and research in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. His current research interests include the investigation of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate inflammatory responses and epithelial injury in the lungs. In addition, studies supported by the Seattle Specialized Center of Clinical Research (SCCOR) in Acute Lung Injury investigate host factors that control innate immunity in normal and critically ill humans, and the interactions between innate immunity and lung injury due to mechanical ventilation. His research program has produced more than 200 publications, and has been funded continuously by the VA Research Service and the NIH Lung Division for over two decades. He has served on numerous editorial boards, and national review committees, including current service as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Martin also serves on the Pulmonary Disease Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and is a member of the ABIM Board of Directors.

Dr. Martin’s interests in clinical care, teaching and research led him to join the American Thoracic Society at the beginning of his career, and he has had many different roles in the society, including serving as the Chair of the Assembly on Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation, and as a member of the ATS Executive Committee from 1999-2004. As the ATS President in 2002-3 he oversaw the beginning of the ATS Research Program, and developed close relationships with the ATS Public Advisory Roundtable for supporting advocacy and research. These interactions with the ATS Public Advisory Roundtable enabled him to see first hand the remarkable energy and dedication that patients and patient advocacy groups bring to the American Thoracic Society.