Richard L Martin III, MD, MPHChief Hematology Oncology Fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Before medical school, Dr. Martin obtained his Masters in Public Health at Oregon Health Sciences University with a focus in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. His thesis involved survival analysis on the comparative rates of failure between ventriculoperitoneal and lumboperitoneal shunts for the treatment of Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. At this time, Dr. Martin was interested in how to select and evaluate research designs and statistical methods when the “gold standard” RCT could not be carried out due to ethical or logistical constraints.
Upon completing medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, Dr. Martin became interested in inter-professional education and quality improvement projects, especially as they related to the challenges and opportunities of applying non-RCT research designs and methods. During his residency at the University of Wisconsin, his research focused on using multi-disciplinary and inter-professional partnerships to improve laboratory processes as well and patient and provider communication and education. Under the mentorship of Dr. Noelle Loconte, he published data on a successful academic community partnership that improved colorectal cancer screening through a multifaceted approach of provider/patient education campaigns, iFOBT tools, and patient navigators.
Now at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Martin continues to work within education and quality improvement. As chief fellow, he developed a longitudinal inter-professional lecture series with hematology/oncology pharmacists and advanced practice providers (PA, NP), which was presented at ASCO national meeting 2019. Under the mentorship of Dr. Christianne Roumie, he is also currently conducting research on patient and health care systems factors related to the timely receipt of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with colorectal cancer treated at the Tennessee Valley Veterans Administration Hospital.
In addition to his own research, Dr. Martin enjoys editorial writing as well as reviewing and editing the proposals, aims, and primary manuscripts of his colleagues, and is pleased to be able to offer his services to Juneo Practice Updates.