Biography: 
A board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Martin has been practicing medicine in underserved communities for over 25 years. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and currently provides healthcare services at Damian’s Third Avenue Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center in the South Bronx. Dr. Martin received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her residency in pediatrics was completed at the Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical Center. As a National Health Service Corp Scholar, she began her professional career at the Family Health Center of Newburgh in July, 1987. She was appointed to the position of Medical Director in 1991. After eight years in Newburgh, with a desire for her children to be closer to her extended family, Dr. Martin relocated and accepted the positon of Medical Director at the Frank X. Graves Family Health Center, a community health center affiliate of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Patterson, New Jersey. Returning to her hometown, she joined the staff at North General Hospital in December, 2000 to serve the Harlem Community. Recognized for her capacity to lead and effect change, she became involved in a variety of leadership roles, quality improvement activities, and policy and program development. During her tenure at North General, Dr. Martin served as chair of pediatrics; chair of the hospital’s credentials committee; and medical director of the North General Diagnostic and Treatment Center. Upon closure of North General Hospital in July, 2010, Dr. Martin facilitated the clinical and administrative transition and stabilization of the former North General Diagnostic & Treatment Center under new management with the Institute for Family Health. Known for her commitment to the underserved, and her desire to create opportunities to eliminate disparities in all aspects of care, Dr. Martin was asked to serve on the state of New Jersey’s Black Infant Mortality Advisory Council during her tenure at St. Joseph’s. She played an integral role in the development of the Black Infant Mortality Reduction RFP for the state’s department of health, and was instrumental in drafting a report for the state, which lead to the formation of New Jersey’s Black Infant Mortality Resource Center. Dr. Martin has served on the Board of Directors for Reach Out and Read of Greater New York; and is a member of the Manhattan Central Medical Society, a local affiliate of the National Medical Association. A community health advocate, Dr. Martin strives to create and facilitate an environment that allows for each child to realize her full potential as an adult. Dr. Martin’s commitment to community health, coupled with her passion to eliminate disparities in all aspects of care, is what motivates her. She continues to be involved in many ventures towards that end.