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

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Faculty profile
  • Professor of Surgery;Chief of Gastrointestinal and General 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 (210 Ratings, 62 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 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.


  • English

Memberships and associations

  • American Surgical Association

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Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (210 Ratings, 62 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

  • 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.

  • Oct 27, 2018

    He's excellent and nice and it was happy and perfect.

  • Oct 13, 2018

    It was very positive from start to finish. Check in had a great person who was very helpful.The person who took me to the room and took my vital signs was very pleasant.The nutritionist who talked with me at great length gave me lots of good information.Dr. Martindale was outstanding and had lots of new info plus helping me long range not just short term.Great staff and a wonderful medical community.

  • Oct 06, 2018

    My experience was really good, everyone was so kind and pleasant and made me feel at ease.

  • Sep 29, 2018

    Confident that he is the best doctor on the planet.

  • Sep 22, 2018

    Dr. Martindale was approachable, understanding, obviously knowledgeable and competent. He offered suggestions to overcome the anabolic resistance which comes with aging and to improve my protein intake and exercise sequence.

  • Sep 21, 2018

    Listens, explains, takes time, confident without being pompous, warm and cheerful.

  • Sep 21, 2018

    A very nice experience with Dr. Martindale. Very easy going and he was very informative.

  • Sep 16, 2018

    Communication, informative, quickly processed.

  • Sep 14, 2018

    Extremely personable, engaging, and promotes confidence. It's no wonder he comes highly recommended.

  • Sep 10, 2018

    I was nervous when I arrived but both doctors and the nurse were very willing to answer all my questions and to provide lots of moral support. They didn't act rushed and the time spent with them was quality.

  • Sep 07, 2018


  • Sep 01, 2018

    It was good and informative and my question got answer.

  • Aug 31, 2018

    I went in for a check up on my meds and review my progress.

  • Aug 31, 2018

    They were on time, friendly, clean, and organized. Martidale is a treasure.

  • Aug 26, 2018

    My experience with Dr. Martindale has been excellent. He gives me confidence and care, he obviously excels in his care and his patient bedside manner is excellent. HE communicates clearly and effectively. Couldn't have had a better experience.

  • Aug 26, 2018

    Dr. Martingale has been very kind and all the ball with me. Thank you.

  • Aug 26, 2018

    As always, Dr. Martindale was wonderful. He answered all my questions in a way that I could understand and was very pleasant.

  • Aug 25, 2018

    Dr. Martindale not only surgically repaired a problem I suffered from for a number of years, but he supported my recovery in a professional manner.

  • Aug 25, 2018

    Dr.Martindale was professional and listened carefully to everything. We made decisions together regarding the care I needed.

  • Aug 23, 2018

    Dr. Martindale is personable, caring, brings in other experts, and we're very pleased.

  • Aug 05, 2018

    Hi. Dr. Martindale did surgery on me, and he did a great job and I'm very happy with the results. He's?I would recommend him to anybody. Thank you.

  • Aug 04, 2018

    Yes, Dr. Martindale is a sweetheart. He remembers, and even when it had been 2 years since I had been in he remembered my husband, asked how he was and where he was and his thoughts and everything is always there trying to know what it is?what else he could do. I couldn't find a better doctor.

  • Aug 02, 2018

    Very pleased with Dr. Martindale, his knowledge, friendliness, and proffionalism.

  • Aug 02, 2018

    He is a great provider, great doctor and I would go to him any time, anywhere.

  • Aug 02, 2018

    My experience today was very rewarding in that I found the staff of Dr. Martin Dale, including Dr. Martin Dale highly professional and I highly recommend anybody who has issues that I have to see Dr. Martin Dale and his team and I'm looking forward, well I'm not looking forward too much, but I do look forward to working with him in the future towards my betterment and health. Thank you.

  • Jul 27, 2018

    He is thorough, listens to concerns, and evaluates what is happening.

  • Jul 27, 2018

    Prompt courteous professional great guy

  • Jul 26, 2018

    Dr. Martindale is very professional and has treated me very well.

  • Jul 15, 2018

    So I'd just like to say I push a 10 because if it wasn't for Dr. Martindale and his staff, my wife would not be alive today. Everybody had already given her basically a death sentence, and he said well hell I can fix that, and he did. And we're still going through it, but by god that man, I've got more faith in that man than any doctor I've ever met in 20 years. 17 years of surgeries with my wife. I owe him my wife's life. Thank you, bye.

  • Jul 14, 2018

    Dr. Martindale is great working with. He is a very good surgeon. And he is always on time. We were kind of upset that we got there at 1:00 and the appointment was after 1 and we didn't see him until about 3:15. So it was over 2 hours late that we were waiting there. When it takes us 3 hours to get down there and we waited 2 hours to see him. I mean he's great and I would recommend him again. But thank you.

  • Jul 13, 2018

    He was obviously extremely competent in what he was doing, he gave me confidence that the solution we were looking for would be achieved, and he made me feel at ease.

  • Jul 13, 2018

    Great team work and very cordial. Had studied my file and knew of my concern. Had specific answers and left with a plan.

  • Jul 13, 2018

    He was very polite and very knowledgeable. But there's seemed to be a lack of communication between Bakers City Hospital and OHSU, so we could not proceed at the time and I drove 4 1/2 hours one way to get to see him. So we're still working on communication I guess. But, thank you.

  • Jul 13, 2018

    Dr. Martindale is amazing. We are very confident in his care.

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