WILLIAM MARTINEZ, MD, MS is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine and Public Health. He received his MD degree from the University of California San Francisco and an MS degree from the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health as part of the UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) where he served as a Chief Medical Resident from 2010-11. After residency, Dr. Martinez completed health services research and medical ethics training as a Fellow in General Medicine and Medical Ethics at BWH and Harvard Medical School. He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2013.
Dr. Martinez conducts foundation and NIH-funded research in the areas of professionalism, patient safety culture, and digital health interventions aimed at increasing patient activation. He has been privileged to work with a wonderful group of mentors and colleagues and has completed multicenter studies on physician attitudes and behaviors including medical error disclosure and “speaking up” about patient safety and professionalism concerns. Dr. Martinez and his colleagues developed and validated two important measures of patient safety climate, the Speaking Up Climate for Professionalism (SUC-Prof) Scale and the Speaking Up Climate for Safety (SUC-Safe) Scale. In addition, he and his colleagues developed and validated the first measure of moral courage among physicians, the Moral Courage Scale for Physicians (MCSP). His research has been published in BMJ Quality and Safety, Academic Medicine, and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and received media coverage from Reuters Health and recognition from the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) as a Lipkin Award finalist.
Dr. Martinez is the recipient of a K23 award from NIH-NIDDK and is currently working on innovative digital health strategies to increase patient activation among patients with diabetes. He also continues to work on issues at the intersection of professionalism and patient safety culture. He is a current member of the SGIM Ethics Committee and has served on ethics committees at the local and national level. His clinical work includes practicing primary care internal medicine in the Vanderbilt Adult Primary Care Clinic and supervising and teaching residents as a clinic preceptor and teaching attending.
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