Marcus Martin, MD – University VP & Chief Officer for Diversity


Marcus Martin, MD

Dr. Martin has served in a variety of roles in support of diversity and equity at the University of Virginia, including as assistant dean in the School of Medicine, and as assistant and associate vice president in the UVA Office of Diversity. In 2011, Dr. Martin was appointed Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity at UVA.

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, where he was the first African American varsity football player. After working as a production chemical engineer at WESTVACO in Covington, he enrolled in Eastern Virginia Medical School as a member of its charter class, and was its first African American graduate, earning his MD in 1976.

Dr. Martin was commissioned by the U.S. Public Health Service and later served as general medical officer at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati in 1981, and held a series of staff and administrative/teaching posts at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Martin has served as the clinical director for the Summer Medical Dental Education Program (formerly MAAP) at UVA, a summer program for underrepresented pre-med students. He was the first African American to head a clinical department at UVA; co-chaired the UVA 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 provide medical relief services to disadvantaged populations, black and white, subsequent to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  

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

Dr. Martin served for 12 years as a board member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine(SAEM), and is a past president of both SAEM and the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors. In 1994, he received the Joseph F. Waeckerle Founder’s Award from the national Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association. He is a 2008 recipient of the SAEM Diversity Interest Group Leadership Award, named the Marcus L. Martin Leadership Award in his honor. He also received, in 2008, a “Citizen of the Year” award for the state of Virginia from Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Dr. Martin and his wife, Donna, have four adult children — three of them graduates of UVA.