J.D. Martin Visiting Professorship

Dr. J. D. Martin

John D. Martin, MD, was associated with Emory University for more than 70 years. A graduate of Emory College and Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Martin joined the faculty as an assistant in surgery in 1930 and served as Professor and Joseph B. Whitehead Chairman of the Department of Surgery from 1957-1971. During his tenure as chair, Dr. Martin successfully integrated the separate residency programs at Grady Memorial Hospital, Piedmont Hospital, Emory University Hospital and the Atlanta VA Medical Center, streamlining and creating an even more effective curriculum. Dr. Martin was president of the Southern Surgeon's Club, the Southeastern Surgical Congress, and the Southern Surgical Association.

The J.D. Martin Visiting Professorship and Lectureship was inaugurated in 1977 and takes place annually in the spring. In 1979, Dr. Martin coauthored the book History of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. An active participant in the department during his years as emeritus professor, Dr. Martin passed away in 1991.

J.D. Martin Visiting Professorship Speakers 1992 – To Date





Lynt B. Johnson, MD, MBA

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital:
– Robert J. Coffey Professor of Surgery
– Chair, Department of Surgery
– Director, Hepatobiliary Surgery

Advanced Techniques in Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer: Is More Better?


Spence M. Taylor, MD

– Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Diversity, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
– Vice President of Physician Engagement, Chief Academic Officer, President: GHS Clinical University, Greenville, SC

Conscious Leadership: Lessons Learned While Building a Medical School


Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD

– Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine



B. Mark Evers, MD

– Professor of Surgery
– Mark McDowell Cancer Foundation Chair in the Lucille P. Markey Cancer Center
– Director, Markey Cancer Center
– Physician-In-Chief, Oncology Service
– University of Kentucky College of Medicine

A Tribute to the "Greatest Generation" and Challenges to Training the Next Generation


Gary L. Dunnington, MD

– Chairman, Department of Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine
– Jay L. Grosfeld Professor of Surgery

Evaluating and Improving Resident Performance


John D. Birkmeyer, MD

– George D. Zuidema Professor of Surgery
– Director, Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, University of Michigan

Strategies for Improving the Qualities of Surgical Care


Haile T. Debas, MD

– University of California, San Francisco: Senior Global Health Advisor; Founding Executive Director, Global Health Sciences; Director, UC Global Health Institute; Maurice Galante Distinguished Professor of Surgery; Dean Emeritus, School of Medicine; Vice Chancellor Emeritus, Medical Affairs; Chancellor Emeritus

Surgery in a Globalized 21st Century


Charles J. Yeo, MD

– Samuel D. Gross Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University

The New Faces of Pancreatic Cancer Surgery


Bruce L. Hall, MD, PhD, MBA

– Associate Professor of Surgery, Section of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

Evaluating Surgical Quality in the ACS-NSQIP: Where are We Now and Where are We Going?


Robert Udelsman, MD, MSB, MBA, MA

– William H. Carmalt Professor of Surgery and Oncology
– Chairman, Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine
– Surgeon-in-Chief, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy


John G. Hunter, MD

– Mackenzie Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, Oregon Health and Science University

Minimally Invasive Surgery: The Future in Perspective


Timothy Fabian, MD

– Wilson Alumni Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

H. Harlan Stone and Ernest Amory Codman: Academic Surgeons Ahead of Their Time


Danny O. Jacobs, MD, MPH

– Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center

Nutritional and Metabolic Support of Surgical Patients – An Update


Julie A. William Freischlag, MD

– Stewart Halsted Professor, Chair of the Department of Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms –
How Things Have Changed Over 50 Years


Kirby I. Bland, MD

– Fay Fletcher Kerner Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Historical Evolution and Outcomes for Treatment of Rectal Carcinoma


J. Patrick O'Leary, MD

– Chairman, Department of Surgery, LSU School of Medicine

Looking Back Into the Future from the Perspective of a Surgical Educator


John M. Daly, MD

– Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College, Cornell University
– Surgeon-in-Chief, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Current Management of Patients with Hepatic Malignancies


Alden H. Harken, MD

– Professor of Surgery and Chairman, Department of Surgery, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Anyone Can Do Cardiac Arrhythmias


Sir Peter J. Morris

– University of Oxford

Renal Transplantation: Problems and Prospects


Judah Folkman, MD

– Harvard Medical School

New Directions in Angiogenesis Research


R. Scott Jones, MD

– University of Virginia Medical Center

Evaluation of the Jaundiced Patient


LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., MD

– Howard University
– President, American College of Surgeons

Ethics in Surgical Practice


Alexander J. Walt, MD, ChB

– Wayne State University

Carcinoma in Situ of the Breast: A Dilemma of the 90s


H. Harland Stone, MD

– Good Samaritan

Selective Management of Acute Pancreatitis


David C. Sabiston, Jr., MD

– Duke University

Surgery of the Coronary Circulation: 1993


Joseph E. Murray, MD

– Harvard Medical School

The Role of the Surgeon-Scientist in Medical Progress


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