Dr. Ian B. K. Martin

Dr. Ian Martin is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine.  He is a member of the Academy of Educators at UNC.

Dr. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  Before starting medical school, he lived in Cameroon—undoubtedly an experience which still shapes his personal and professional life.  Dr. Martin earned his Doctorate of Medicine from MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Martin trained in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland—where he also served as Chief Resident.  He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Martin has thus far dedicated his academic career to improving the delivery of emergency care internationally—with emphasis on East Africa—that is in Kenya, Tanzania, and Malawi.  At Duke, he founded the Duke International Emergency Medicine Fellowship/Global Health Residency Program. 

Here at UNC, he cares for patients in the Emergency Department (ED) and on the inpatient General Medicine teaching service.  When not seeing patients, Dr. 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 at UNC.

Dr. Martin has led several relief trips to Kenya and Tanzania—caring for countless patients under some of the poorest conditions.  As part of his strategy for sustainability in this region, Dr. Martin has developed clinical rotations for medical students and residents in Tanzania and Kenya.  Dr. Martin’s research interests include acute care epidemiology and outcomes research in East Africa, ED-based HIV testing, and host-response to acute infections.  Dr. Martin has garnered support for his research from federal agencies, industry, and academic institutions.

A longtime member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), Dr. Martin is now a member of its Board of Directors.  Dr. Martin is also the founder and Immediate Past-President of SAEM’s Global Emergency Medicine Academy. 


Ian Martin