Robert G. Martindale, M.D., PhD

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Surgery, Digestive Health, Cancer
Special Interests:
Gastrointestinal Cancer, Nutrition, Digestive Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
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"I’ve always valued and felt fortunate to work in academic medicine. It is an opportunity for teaching, but is also an opportunity for learning on a virtual daily basis. The ability to serve our patients is our greatest privilege, and our goal is to earn the incredible trust they have yielded to us. I am honored and humbled to work with such a brilliant group of young physicians in training, as well as the hundreds of medical and surgical specialists and focused researchers that OHSU has assembled to support our efforts to bring optimal patient diagnosis, treatment, and care."


Dr. Robert Martindale joined OHSU in May 2005. He is currently Professor of Surgery and the Chief of the Division of General Surgery. He also serves as the Medical Director for Hospital Nutrition Services. He is board certified in General Surgery with special clinical interest in abdominal wall reconstruction and surgical nutrition and metabolism.

Dr. Martindale completed his medical training at George Washington University in Washington DC and his surgical residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. He obtained his PhD in Nutrition at UCLA, in the laboratories of Drs. Morton Grossman, Tachi Yamada, and Seymour Levin at the Center for Ulcer Research and Education.

Upon completion of his military obligation, Dr. Martindale joined the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia, where he held many distinguished positions, including Chief of the General Surgery Service at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, Director of Nutrition Support Service at the Medical College of Georgia, and Chief of the Section of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. While at the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Martindale also served as the Surgical Residency Program Director.

Dr. Martindale’s primary focus throughout his professional career has been in surgical education and patient care in surgery and nutrition. He has won numerous teaching awards and continues to publish and mentor young physicians and investigators. In addition to being the co-editor of a textbook dealing with surgical and critical care nutrition, he is the author of well over 200 publications, including peer reviewed articles, review articles, chapters, and several medical educational videos.

Dr. Martindale is on numerous professional committees on local, national, and international levels. He is on the editorial board for several surgical and nutritional journals, as well as serving as an editorial reviewer for over 15 peer reviewed journals. He routinely is invited to give lectures not only nationally, but internationally.

Clinical Position

Professor of Surgery; Chief of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery; Medical Director Hospital Nutritional Service


  • Degrees:
    Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1982
    M.D., George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1984
  • Residency:

    Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA  1984-1989

  • Certification:

    American Board of Surgery, 1990; Recertification, 2000, 2010


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