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Dr. Ian B. K. Martin appointed Chair of Emergency Medicine

Milwaukee, June 11, 2018 – Nationally recognized leader in academic and clinical medicine Ian B. K. Martin, MD, MBA, has been appointed professor and system chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and professor of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), effective September 10, 2018, pending approval by the MCW Board of Trustees. Dr. Martin also will become emergency physician-in-chief of the Froedtert and MCW health network.

B. K. Martin, MD, MBADr. Martin mostly recently served as professor and chair of emergency medicine at the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia. He also served as professor in the Department of Medicine there and as physician-in-chief of WVU Medicine emergency medicine practices.

Dr. Martin earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University, MD from Medical College of Pennsylvania–Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia and MBA from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Kenan–Flagler Business School. He trained in emergency medicine and general internal medicine and eventually served as chief resident at the University of Maryland Medical Center/R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

From 2005 to 2009, at Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Martin was assistant professor of surgery (emergency medicine) and instructor of medicine and served as the founding program director of the innovative Duke International Emergency Medicine Fellowship/Global Health Residency Program.

Dr. Martin joined UNC School of Medicine in 2009 as assistant professor of emergency medicine and medicine and as a distinguished Simmons Scholar. He moved up the ranks there—earning promotion to associate professor of emergency medicine and appointment to adjunct associate professor of social medicine in 2015 and promotion to associate professor of medicine in 2016. At UNC, Dr. Martin held a number of leadership positions, including founding chief, division of global health and emergency care; founding director, Emergency Medicine Global Health and Leadership Program; associate director, Office of International Activities; associate director, Simmons Scholar Career Development Program; and associate director, emergency medicine residency program. In June 2016, Dr. Martin joined the WVU School of Medicine as professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and professor in the Department of Medicine.

An expert in global health and emergency care, Dr. Martin has devoted his academic career to improving the delivery of emergency care globally–with emphasis on East Africa–through program development, investigative research and direct clinical care. He has made numerous humanitarian trips to the Republic of Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania. Dr. Martin’s research interests include elucidation of optimal models for emergency department-based HIV and hepatitis C testing, host-response to acute infections and acute care disease burden epidemiology in the developing world. He has garnered grant support for his research from federal and state agencies, industry, and academic institutions. His research and other global health-related initiatives have culminated in numerous publications in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and many invited presentations at prestigious national and international meetings.

Board-certified in emergency medicine and general internal medicine, Dr. Martin is recognized as a national leader in academic medicine and was recently elected president-elect of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)–the premier national association representing the interests of researchers and educators in emergency medicine. Before his election to the position, he completed a one-year term as the Society’s secretary-treasurer, and previous to that, three years as an at-large member on the Society’s board of directors. He is also a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of the American Medical Association, the African Federation for Emergency Medicine, the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa and the Urgent Care Association of America, among many others. In recognition of his national leadership, Dr. Martin was recently awarded the Marcus L. Martin, MD Leadership Award–the highest honor given by SAEM’s Academy of Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Martin will be relocating from West Virginia with his wife, Erica M. Arrington, MD, who will be joining MCW as associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine (child and adolescent psychiatry).

Stepping down after 21 years as chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at MCW, Stephen W. Hargarten, MD, MPH will remain a professor, continuing his academic activities and leadership roles as associate dean for global health and director of the MCW Comprehensive Injury Center.

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