Dr. Bob Martin reflects back on his roles with various teams, from youth hockey to business to the famous Baby Fae heart transplantation.

Episode Highlights

  • 5:01 – Behind the scenes of Baby Fae
  • 11:49 – Leadership on and off the field
  • 18:47 – A new normal
  • 24:10 – Advocacy for peers and mentorship support
  • 30:24 – Transitioning from a career in medicine

Meet Our Provider

Robert Martin, MD

Robert Martin, MD, is a practicing anesthesiologist at Loma Linda University Health, Chief Financial Officer of Loma Linda University Faculty Medical Group, and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology. From an early age, Dr. Martin was a team leader and had an interest in numbers. He pursued a career in the precision demanding field of Anesthesia and eventually took over as chair of the department at Loma Linda University Health. As a young physician, he was chosen by Dr. Leonard Bailey to provide anesthesia on the ground-breaking Baby Fae heart transplantation, a procedure that attempted to replace a human heart with a baboon heart. Though that transplant ultimately didn’t work, Dr. Martin later assisted Dr. Bailey in performing the world’s first successful human to human infant heart transplant and as well as many subsequent heart transplants. Dr. Martin also incorporated his life-long fascination with business into his medical career, taking on the role of CFO of the physician’s group where he uses his skills as a leader and strategist. Outside of work, he enjoys playing and coaching sports.

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