Robert G. Martindale M.D., Ph.D.

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Faculty profile
  • Professor of Surgery; Medical Director Hospital Nutritional Service

Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (315 Ratings, 87 Comments)


  • Cancer
  • Digestive Health
  • Surgery

Special focus on

  • Digestive Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • General Surgery
  • Nutrition (Digestive Health)
  • Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care


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

    • Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA, 1984-1989
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Surgery, 1990; recertification, 2000, 2010


Dr. Robert Martindale joined OHSU in May 2005. He is currently Professor of Surgery and served as head of the Division of General Surgery from 2005 - 2019. 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.


  • English

Memberships and associations

  • American Surgical Association

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (315 Ratings, 87 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Sep 20, 2019

    I felt very cared about and listened to.

  • Sep 06, 2019

    He was very informative and put my mind at ease after becoming very frightened by some of the doctors down here on the coast where I live so, I think he's pretty awesome.

  • Sep 06, 2019

    Dr. Martindale has a great bedside manner, is highly skilled & knowledgeable. All around fantastic doctor!

  • Apr 28, 2019

    He is patient. He is caring. He is probably the best surgeon I've ever had. He does not have an ego. He has a sense of humor. He listens. He doesn't brag. He comes across as just an extremely intelligent, caring, decent doctor.

  • Apr 28, 2019

    Yeah. I (INAUDIBLE) useful stop we made and saw Dr. Martindale and we appreciated everything he did and said and enlightened us on what my condition was and he going to have a cure for it so it will take care of the problem. So yes I will be back up there next month. And anyway Dr. Martindale was a wonderful guy to deal with

  • Apr 28, 2019

    I thought Dr. Martindale was the best. I had seen another specialist who hesitated and didn't want to do my surgery. I walked into Dr. Martindale's office, he looked at the situation and was confident he could fix it. He did and everything has been great since the month I had the surgery and couldn't recommend him more highly.

  • Apr 26, 2019

    My name is [Name] I'm very lucky to have Dr. Martindale as my doctor. He's done awesome for me. And I'd recommend him to anybody that I know that needs the type of surgery that I had. Just to let him know that he's a he's a very on hands guy. Very nice. Very polite, and I'm glad to have him as a doctor.

  • Apr 22, 2019

    I think Dr. Martindale is a wonderful doctor. He's friendly he takes his time, (INAUDIBLE) he knows his stuff I would recommend him to anybody and I just think he's a wonderful doctor.

  • Apr 22, 2019

    I'm very appreciative of Dr. Martindale after consulting with three other surgeons and having two other surgeons attempt to remedy my issue. Dr. Martindale was... great. I'm sorry I'm a little fuzzy headed feel, but he greatly understood the issue... was completely confident in his ability to accomplish the task, did so just in a stellar way, and I'm just very grateful for him and for OHSU.

  • Apr 22, 2019

    Hi. I was very pleased with my visit with Dr. Martindale. I would recommend him to any of my friends, and I can't wait to see him again when I have problems. Thank you.

  • Apr 19, 2019

    He and the Nutritonist make a good team.

  • Apr 19, 2019

    Staff was courteous, friendly and wait was brief. Doctor Martindale was thorough.

  • Apr 17, 2019

    On time, friendly and informative.

  • Apr 14, 2019

    Dr. Martindale is very knowledgeable and takes time to speak with you. I trust him. He's never done me wrong. He is a wonderful doctor and I would recommend my family, my friends anybody to him.

  • Apr 14, 2019

    Yeah, Dr. Martindale was very upbeat. Very matter of fact told me what I had to do so I could have the surgery and said it would be no problem doing surgery. I liked him a lot.

  • Apr 07, 2019

    I was very impressed with Dr. Martindale. He was very encouraging and.... and he has such a great bed....bed side manner so to speak. Anyway, I'm looking.... looking forward, if you can believe it, to.... to meeting with him again as I go under the knife. I really have a lot of confidence in him.

  • Mar 22, 2019

    Dr. Martindale does one of the finest surgeons I've ever had the pleasure of seeing a patient of He is extremely. will prepared and he is extremely well knowledgeable about my particular situation and it gives me the comfort and the support that I need. from the position and especially a man of his ability to maintain his our our patient doctor patient relationship. Thank you.

  • Mar 18, 2019

    This provider was professional yet personable and took the time to explain my condition, however, the provider was rushed and seemed to go over the options too quickly.

  • Mar 16, 2019

    Dr. Martindale was prompt, though and seemed genuinely interested in solving my problem. Doctors in Eugene were reticent to approach my problem due to its severity, whereas the doctors in Portland made it seem like something they do frequently. That inspires confidence.

  • Mar 11, 2019

    Well, he was absolutely wonderful very clear and concise and very confident in my situation. I would rec ... I would highly recommend him.

  • Mar 08, 2019

    Carefully listened to me and looked over my problem and then gave his recommendation.

  • Feb 27, 2019

    I cannot say enough about Dr. Robert Martindale. He is one of the best doctors I have ever had. He's thorough, he explain things that I can understand them. You know, what he's saying to me, and he makes me feel like I wouldn't want any other doctor but him to do this procedure on my hernia. I cannot say enough about him. He is top notch and I can't go on because all I'll do is repeat myself.

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  • Feb 19, 2019

    Very professional, very nice gentleman, good doctor.

  • Feb 19, 2019

    Dr. Martindale and his team were absolutely fantastic. They explained everything to me that was going to happen, they were there every single day. If not, I mean, at least once if not twice to check in with me and to make sure everything was okay and I had an emergency and they had me transported back up to Portland. I mean, I can't begin to even tell you how wonderful that team is.

  • Feb 18, 2019

    His bedside manner is very good

  • Feb 17, 2019

    It was worth the wait to see Dr. Martindale. His relaxed and friendly manner was so welcomed. He asked questions, listened to answers, and used my available test results to explain my issue and describe how he would be able to fix it. At no time did I feel apprehensive and he had no reservations about my treatment. I look forward to completing surgery and getting back on my feet.

  • Feb 12, 2019

    Seem to know what he was doing and unafraid to perform surgery other doctors wouldn't.

  • Feb 11, 2019

    He's the most awesome, Dr. takes his time doesn't rush you and is there to answer any questions and he remembers everything about you, even if it's five years later that you coming. I love them staff.

  • Feb 10, 2019

    My visit was so on time and the doctor knew exactly what I had, what had to be done and how to do it, everyone there very great people!

  • Feb 04, 2019

    The doctor was very kind gentle and very direct and I like that in my doctor's. And I would recommend him to anybody. Hello.

  • Feb 04, 2019

    Dr. Martindale was outstanding. I did have one problem with making an appointment. It was one of the worst experiences I had but I let him know that that our first visit and I followed up with me on two separate occasions to make sure I understood that they were working on that. So I really appreciate it as far as the surgery and him as a doctor. I would recommend him to anybody. He was outstanding.

  • Feb 03, 2019

    Hey save my life. I can't say anything more about him. Other than that because I wouldn't be here to answer this if it wasn't for him. Thank you.

  • Feb 02, 2019

    Dr. Martindale,other doctors, and nurses have been outstanding.They have taken excellent care of me , listened to my concerns , and answered all my questions.

  • Jan 19, 2019

    She is a wonderful doctor. Very compassionate, considerate and has wonderful bedside manner.

  • Jan 14, 2019

    Dr. Martindale is an excellent physician and doctor. I would wait a week to see him. Absolutely no problems with his office whatsoever. Very professional. Wouldn't go anywhere else.

  • Jan 12, 2019

    Provider Martindale is Martindale it was very hard to get in there the way you have things set up I wouldn't recommend it to anybody but their flight or was good

  • Jan 06, 2019

    It was a pleasure meeting Dr. Martindale and Dr. Collins. I felt very comfortable with both of them, and they were - Dr. Martindale was very informative, very personable and I'm looking forward to seeing him again.

  • Jan 05, 2019

    He was very good was direct and very confirming

  • Jan 05, 2019

    Hey, very good. Thank you.

  • Dec 23, 2018

    Dr Martindale. Excellent

  • Dec 22, 2018

    Dr. Martindale was very friendly, he was professional, and he saved my life. I can't say anything wrong with him.

  • Dec 22, 2018

    He was very thorough, he explained things that you know, I understood, and he just gave me a lot of confidence in him. I can't say enough. He was, it was A-1, the visit with the Dr. Robert Martindale.

  • Dec 22, 2018

    I was very happy with my provider and I can't wait to have them do (INAUDIBLE). I would recommend temp to do anybody surgery. I would highly recommend him to see my family. I would I would like to see my friend he's awesome and I give them a 10. all the way across

  • Dec 22, 2018

    The setting up an appointment with horrible, but I really like the doctor.

  • Dec 19, 2018

    Every thing was on time, clean, organized and pleasant.

  • Dec 07, 2018

    Dr Martindale is very connected with his patients. He listens and responds to the needs of his patients.

  • Dec 01, 2018

    Yeah. Hello. Hello. Okay, Dr. Martindale was very knowledgeable and asked me very pertinent questions. And gave me good advice. That's it. Thank you.

  • Nov 03, 2018

    Dr. Martindale was the ultimate of any professional dr. I have ever been with he explain things so thoroughly, he had good side.excellent good side manner. I would recommend him to the president of the United States. I'm not kidding. Group that was with me and put me at ease and I was scared and I'm telling you he is the ultimate of the best doctor I've ever been with.

  • Nov 03, 2018

    Dr. Martindale help me with all my problems. He answered all my questions, and he's excellent. He's the best, and that's why I came to him. They don't get any better. Thank you.

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