Last Updated: May 5, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2020
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Donald E. Martin, MD, an anesthesiologist from Lebanon County, was named the 2020 recipient of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s (PAMED) Distinguished Service Award.
The Distinguished Service Award is considered the highest honor a member can receive from PAMED.
Its first recipient in 1956 was Jonas E. Salk, MD, who was recognized for his achievements in developing the anti-polio vaccine. Since it was first awarded, PAMED has honored 29 Pennsylvania physicians and two non-physicians.
“Dr. Martin has been a notable author, educator and advocate for physicians and patients over a distinguished career,” said Lawrence John, MD, president of PAMED. “He has represented Pennsylvania medicine well and is extremely deserving of this award.”
Dr. Martin’s early career focused on education.
As a faculty member at Penn State College of Medicine, he co-edited, with Frederick A. Hensley, Jr, MD, the book A Practical Approach to Cardiac Anesthesia. It was published in five editions between 1989 and 2013 and translated into four languages.
He also helped train more than 300 residents during his 35 years at Penn State and has followed the careers of many of them who have remained in Pennsylvania and active in PAMED.
In 1990, Dr. Martin worked as a health policy fellow with then-U.S. Senator John Heinz. He had the opportunity to work on the staff of the Senate Finance Committee during a time of major changes in federal health policy and health insurance.
This fellowship changed his career direction. After leaving his fellowship, he became an outspoken advocate for the essential role of physicians in directing the clinical work of allied health professionals, particularly nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners, and in controlling the growth of the power and wealth of health insurance companies and pharmaceutical supply chains.
Dr. Martin completed his medical training at Jefferson Medical College in 1976, and then his residency training in anesthesiology and a fellowship in cardiac anesthesiology and operating room administration at the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.
Following his training, he joined the faculty of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Penn State, where he served as vice chair for academic and professional development, interim chair, and associate dean for administration.
His involvement in organized medicine included time as the anesthesiology representative to PAMED’s Interspecialty Section, Task Force on the Definition of Medical Practice, Specialty Leadership Cabinet, and the Highmark Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee. He served as Secretary-Treasurer, President, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists.
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Jeff Wirick, Pennsylvania Medical Society
About the Pennsylvania Medical Society
PAMED is a physician-led, member-driven organization representing all physicians and medical students throughout the state. We advocate for physicians and their patients, educate physicians through continuing medical education, and provide expert resources and guidance to help physicians and their organizations navigate challenges in today’s ever-evolving health care system. For more information, visit www.pamedsoc.org.