Martin elected to the Board of Directors for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

Ian B.K. Martin, MD, FACEP, is assistant professor of emergency medicine and medicine. SAEM is the premier international organization representing researchers and teachers of emergency medicine.

Martin elected to the Board of Directors for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine click to enlarge Ian Martin, MD, FACEP

Martin, a member of the Academy of Educators and a former Simmons Scholar, has dedicated his academic career to emergency care capacity-building internationally—with an emphasis on East Africa.  While a faculty member at Duke, he founded and directed the still-thriving Duke International Emergency Medicine Fellowship/Global Health Residency Program. 

Here at UNC, he cares for patients in the Emergency Department and on the inpatient General Medicine teaching service. When not seeing patients, Martin serves as the Director of the Emergency Medicine Global Health and Leadership Program, Associate Residency Director for Emergency Medicine, Associate Director of the Office of International Activities, and Associate Director of the Simmons Scholar Career Development Program.

Over the years, Dr. Martin has played a central role in providing much needed care to thousands of patients under some of the poorest conditions in rural Kenya and sub-urban Tanzania.  The Department of Emergency Medicine recently recognized this important work by giving Martin the 2013 Humanitarian Service Award.  As part of his strategy for sustainability in this region, Martin has developed state-of-the-art clinical rotations for medical students and residents as well as investigated important research questions resulting in an expanded understanding of the acute care burden and needs in East Africa. He also mentored fellows, residents, students, and nurses during his time in East Africa.

Martin’s research interests include acute care epidemiology and outcomes research in East Africa, ED-based HIV testing, and host-response to acute infections—culminating in publications in peer-reviewed, high-impact journals.  Martin has garnered support for his research from federal and state agencies, industry, and academic institutions.

A longtime member of SAEM, Martin has held several important leadership roles within the organization, including Chair of the SAEM International Committee, Chair of the Committee of Academy Leaders, and Co-Chair of Academic Emergency Medicine journal’s 2013 consensus conference entitled, “Global Health and Emergency Care:  A Research Agenda.”  Martin is also the founder and Immediate Past-President of SAEM’s Global Emergency Medicine Academy.  In late May, Martin began his three-year term as Member-At-Large on SAEM’s Board of Directors. 

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