DHR Health Bariatric and Metabolic Institute; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
Dr. Michael Martinez is a native of the Rio Grande Valley and a product of the Edinburg school system. After completing undergraduate studies at Princeton University with a degree in psychology and a focus on neuroscience, he went on to receive his medical degree from Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Martinez completed general surgery residency training at Scott and White Hospital in central Texas. He then pursued further specialty training in the area of advanced minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the University of South Florida at Tampa General Hospital.
Dr. Martinez is board certified by the American College of Surgeons. He is a fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.
Dr. Martinez is a full-time advance laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon whose practice is fully affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. He is also part of the surgical faculty for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley surgical residency program.
He has published research on topics of bariatric and laparoscopic surgery and has special interest in the topic of “super” obesity (BMI >50) and associated comorbid conditions.
Dr. Michael Martinez received the Young Physician of the Year Award by the National Hispanic Medical Association in 2018. The recognition is due to him keeping patients as the focus of his practice and helping the Hispanic community.
“I am very proud to be recognized by this organization for being a young, Hispanic physician and working with a predominantly Hispanic population. But mostly I am honored and humbled because I know all the sacrifices that it signifies. Personally I know the sacrifices of my family and parents to provide me the opportunity for the education it took to get where I am today. Professionally I know the many sacrifices of the physicians of the Valley, Hispanic physicians across the country and my many mentors that paved way for me to be able to accomplish my goals. But most of all I am happy that the idea of caring for Hispanic patients is now something to be celebrated. Hispanics are diverse in life experiences, in cultures, and in pathology. We as Hispanics deserve world class health care and physicians committed to addressing the special needs of our patient population as much as any other patient population.”
||Advanced Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgeon; DHR Health Bariatric and Metabolic Institute; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine