Fernando Martinez

Fernando Martinez

Company: Weill Cornell Medicine

Job title: Chief Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine


Dr. Martinez attended the University of Florida in Gainesville for both his bachelor’s and medical degrees. He went on to complete post-doctoral training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and a clinical and research fellowship at the Boston University Pulmonary Center before moving to the University of Michigan, where he spent the next 23 years of his career.

During that time, he worked in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center and the University of Michigan Health System, most recently as a professor and associate chief for clinical research. He received a Master’s of Science degree in biostatistics and clinical study design from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. In 2014, he moved to New York to join Weill Cornell Medicine as a professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and the executive vice chairman of the Weill Department of Medicine before taking on this new role.

Dr. Martinez is involved in multiple National Institute of Health consortia, as well as National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and Department of Defense efforts to bring pulmonary findings from the lab to patients. He has been awarded active and ongoing NIH and DoD grants to design and test tools to identify patients at an increased risk of developing COPD; testing new therapeutic approaches in COPD and pulmonary fibrosis; and identifying biological pathways of fibrosis and emphysema. At Weill Cornell Medicine, he leads a multicenter, NIH-sponsored clinical trial that explores the modification of the lung microbial community to improve survival in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He has won numerous awards for his clinical and investigative efforts throughout his career, and has been included on the Best Doctors in America list since 2002.

Dr. Martinez is a member of numerous societies, including the American Thoracic Society, the European Respiratory Society and the American College of Chest Physicians, and also sits on a number of editorial boards, including those for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Journal of COPD and Thorax.

He has received grant support for his mentorship activities for 30 years, including a K24 mid-career mentoring grant. He is current chair of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s career development study section called the MPOR, for Mentored Patient Oriented Research.


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