Ben Martin

Ben Martin, MD

Assistant Director, Programs in Health Humanities
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine Section Hospital Medicine

Ben Martin received his A.B. with Honors in English and American Literature from Middlebury College and was awarded the Donald E. Axinn Prize for his creative thesis. He subsequently attended Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia, receiving an Arthur P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. He now serves as an academic hospitalist and is an active contributor to undergraduate and graduate medical education in the School of Medicine.

Research Interests: Representations of health disparities in art and literature; patient perceptions of illness; intersection of health humanities with clinical reasoning and high-value care; ethics of animal research; narrative medicine

Selected Recent Publications

Martin B, Plews-Ogan M, Parsons AS. Ethical pause as a framework for high-value care of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Clinical Ethics. April 2021. doi:10.1177/14777509211011434

Martin, Benjamin. “The Imposition of Meaning.” Literary Hub. 8 April 2021,

Zanartu CP, Camacho FJ, Nevadunski NS, Martin B, Kornblum N, Chuy J, and Perez‐Soler R. Speaking the same language: a feasibility trial for a novel visual communication tool for oncologist‐patient treatment discussions. Psychooncology. 2017;26(7):1050-1052. doi:10.1002/pon.4246

Stefan MS, Priya A, Martin B, Pekow PS, Rothberg MB, Goldberg RJ, DiNino E, Lindenauer PK. How well do patients and providers agree on the severity of dyspnea? J Hosp Med. 2016;11(10):701-707. doi:10.1002/jhm.2600

DiNino E, Stefan MS, Priya A, Martin B, Pekow PS, Lindenauer PK. The Trajectory of Dyspnea in Hospitalized Patients. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016;51(4):682-689.e1. doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.11.005