Biography & Education

I believe in combining a patient-centered approach with professional surgical care. I am here to listen and understand your surgical issues, answer your questions, address your concerns, and formulate a plan of care that is medically sound while accounting for your personal needs.
  • General Surgery
Education Background
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency: Swedish Medical Center
  • English

Care Locations

1801 N.W. Market St.
Ballard Professional Building, Suite 207
Seattle, WA 98107
Fax 206-386-6706
1221 Madison St.
Arnold Pavilion, Suite 1401 and 1411
Seattle, WA 98104
Fax 206-386-6706
Accepting New Patients
Accepting Medicaid



Why you should have your hernia repaired

December 31, 2012
Do you have a groin bulge that seems to come and go, often absent upon waking in the morning? Or perhaps you already know you have a hernia? Hernias are very common and occur in approximately 1 in 4 males (less common in women), so chances are you or someone you know has or has had an inguinal hernia. The main question I always get asked is "should it be fixed?"   As a general surgeon, I see 4-5 patients every week with a newly diagnosed inguinal hernia. Many are self-referred after discovering a lump in the groin, while many others are referred from their primary care provider after the hernia is discovered during the physical exam. After verifying that a hernia is the correct diagnosis (other possibilities are a groin strain, swollen lymph node, etc.), I have a discussion which addresses the aforementioned question. As an aside, these are very common and also found in the pediatric population ( 0 comment(s)|Read More


Clinical Interests
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Biliary Surgery
  • Blood Management Techniques
  • Bloodless Surgery
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder)
  • Cholecystectomy (Laproscopic)
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • da Vinci (Robot-Assisted Surgery)
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Gall Bladder Surgery
  • Gallstone Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Hepatic Surgery
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Hernia (Laparoscopic)
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hernia Repair/Outpatient
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Laparoscopy
  • Liver Surgery
  • Melanoma
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Oncologic Surgery
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas
  • Surgeons


Patient Ratings and Comments
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The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.7 out of 5 (37 Ratings, 4 Comments)


Dr. Martinez is brilliant, yet communicates in a way that is easy for a patient to understand.
Swedish Patient

Listened actively, heard my concerns speaking them back to me, intelligent and respectful exchange and a good dollop of humor
Swedish Patient

Dr. Martinez is a consummate professional w/a very approachable & personal demeanor.
Swedish Patient

He was very straight to the point.
Swedish Patient