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 (187 Ratings, 27 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 (187 Ratings, 27 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

  • Jul 26, 2018

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

  • Jul 26, 2018

    Prompt courteous professional great guy

  • Jul 26, 2018

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

  • Jul 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 2018

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

  • Jul 12, 2018

    Yes, Dr. Martindale is a really excellent surgeon. And I really appreciate his operating on me. And he can operate on a lot of others like he did me. Thank you.

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