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

4.7 out of 5 (167 Ratings, 17 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

4.7 out of 5 (167 Ratings, 17 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

  • Friendliness/courtesy 4.8
  • Explanations about your problem/condition 4.7
  • Concern shown for your questions/worries 4.8
  • Effort made to include you in treatment decisions 4.7
  • Used words you could understand 4.8
  • Amount of time spent with you 4.6
  • Your confidence in care provider 4.8
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 4.8
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 5

Patient Comments

  • Jun 06, 2018

    I would definitely recommend Dr. Martindale.

  • May 10, 2018

    The BEST!

  • Mar 29, 2018

    I have absolute confidence in Dr. Martindale. He provided more information and care during one visit than all of the previous doctors together. I could not be more pleased with the care.

  • Mar 22, 2018

    I felt completely disregarded. I've gone through numerous surgeries and know the way my body works he just told me to "eat more". Very discouraged.

  • Feb 22, 2018

    Dr. Martindale and his staff have been very helpful in preparing me for surgery. I have an understanding of my situation and a fair amount of medical knowledge so it is easy for me to talk with Dr. Martindale. If I had no knowledge at all he might be a little more difficult to understand but it appears to me he speaks to the level of the patients understanding not just over their head. I believe he has a confident way about him that make a person feel he knows what he is doing and demonstrates it by his actions. I like the fact that he doesn't fill in with a lot of BS and is straight forward. his confidence could be misconstrued as arrogance but I don't see him that way and beside a little arrogance can make him a better surgeon. Just my opinion. I like him and most of his staff. some of the less experienced individuals could use a lesson or two on adapting to the patience

  • Jan 18, 2018

    he was rushed.....was ok, I know dr. are busy

  • Jan 04, 2018

    This first visit to establish care needed, test to be approved by insurance, we did not discuss medication at this time.

  • Dec 28, 2017

    Dr Martindale loves what he does and he is an excellent physician. I have total confidence in him. he is a true diagnostician.

  • Nov 02, 2017

    dr. martin dale - best "bedside manner" ever

  • Sep 21, 2017


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