News : 2016 : September

Alumni Spotlight: Lisa Martinez, M.D. ’07

Medical alumna Lisa Martinez, M.D. ’07, is an assistant professor of clinical medicine and program director of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at Holy Cross Hospital Internal Medicine Program. After completing her medical degree at the Miller School, she did a residency at the University of Virginia before returning to UM as a physician and an educator.

1) What area of medicine are you working on currently?

I am a general internist with a focus on medical education. My role as program director of the new Miller School internal medicine residency program at Holy Cross helps residents learn to be successful general internists.

2) What does it mean for you to be on staff at UM?

UM has been incredibly supportive of me from both a personal and professional standpoint. I am surrounded by mentors who are nationally known and have played a role in my identity as a physician since the first year of medical school. Furthermore, they have given me the opportunity to pay that forward toward other learners, from medical students to residents.

3) Your thoughts on being named a “Hispanic Woman of Distinction?”

It is a great honor to be recognized for the activities I have been involved in that will hopefully benefit our communities. I have always looked up to influential Hispanic women in my life. It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to show other young Hispanic women that they too can achieve their goals while doing good for their communities.

4) Are you active in the community?

Since volunteering at the San Juan Bosco Clinic as part of the health fairs organized by the Miller School’s Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS), I have continued to be active in clinics from Charlottesville to Boynton Beach, to Ft Lauderdale. In fact, one of our resident continuity clinics is located at Light of the World, a free clinic in Ft. Lauderdale. I am also honored to be able to work with the incredible students, faculty, and staff at DOCS to help with local health fairs.

5) Your thoughts on how well the Miller School prepared you for a medical career?

The Miller School prepared me quite well for my career, as both a general internist and as a medical educator. Having mentors such as Drs. Hilit and Alex Mechaber and Dr. Daniel Lichtstein while in medical school sparked my interest in both these facets of my career. Furthermore, as medical students we were pushed not only to learn the basic science but how to actually apply it, which allowed me to dive right in to residency training. I continue to use much of what I learned in medical school on a day to day basis.

6) What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with my husband, Sean Martinez, also a 2007 graduate of the Miller School, and our two beautiful and energetic kids, who love spending time doing outdoor activities.