Dr. Martin served for ten years as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University from 1997 to 2007. At Harvard, in 1999, he helped establish, the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, an innovative collaboration which brings together seven Harvard-affiliated institutions intent on reducing the burden of cancer. He also led the formation of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center, a virtual center of researchers working together on understanding the prevention, causes, and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Following academic appointments at McGill University, Dr. Martin was appointed chief of the neurology service at the Massachusetts General Hospital, serving from 1978-1989. From 1989-1993, Dr. Martin was Dean of the School of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco. In 1993, he was appointed Chancellor of UCSF, serving four years until his return to Harvard University in 1997.
Dr. Martin was born in Alberta, Canada. He received his premedical and medical education at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. He completed training in neurology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and received his Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of Rochester in 1971.
Dr. Martin is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary member and past president of the American Neurological Association.
Dr. Martin is author of over 300 scientific publications and several books. The most recent is “Alfalfa to Ivy: Memoir of a Harvard Medical School Dean” published in 2011.
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