Robert G. Martindale, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Surgery
Director for Hospital Nutrition Services
Educational Background:
Ph.D. in Nutrition, UCLA, 1982
M.D., George Washington University, 1984
Surgery Residency, Madigan Army Medical Center, 1984-1989

Clinical Interests:
Surgical nutrition
Reoperative surgery
Gastric surgery

Research Interest:
Intestinal nutrient transport
Enteral nutrition
Anabolic hormones in surgical diseases
Complex wound healing.

List of physician's articles, journals, or publications
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List of professional organizations
American College of Surgeons
Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Association Program Directors in Surgery
Surgical Infection Society
Award/Honor Organization Awarded
by Medical College of Georgia

Faculty Teacher of the Year  
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
"Faculty Golden Apple" Award 2002 
"Faculty Golden Apple" Award 1997
Robert G. Martindale, MD, PhD, is Professor of Surgery and Medical Director for Hopsital Nutrition Services at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. His professional focus is on academic clinical surgery and research, and his topics of expertise include nutritional support for the critically ill, nutritional support in surgical patients, early enteral feeding, nutritional immunomodulation, surgical infections, mechanisms of mucosal protection, and the physiology of absorption and digestion.

Dr. Martindale is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of several medical societies, including the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, the Southeastern Surgical Association, the Association of Veterans Administration Surgeons, and the William H. Moretz Surgical Society.

Dr. Martindale recently co-edited a book on critical care nutrition and has written articles for several peer-reviewed journals on topics such as the gastrointestinal tract in critical illness, and chapters on subjects such as postoperative sepsis and nutrition in critical illness.
My opinion of Dr. Martindale
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My Opinion of Dr. Martindale
I will have to tell you. I've been to now going on my fourth surgeon. Up to this point I was not 100% impressed with the ones that I had gone to. There was something about each one of them that held me back from wanting them to do surgery. I feel extremely BLESSED to have Dr. Martindale as my soon to be surgeon. This man is HIGHLY educated in this field. When we came in to meet me he was very friendly and kind. I felt like he was concerned about me. You could tell from the way that he talked about this that it was a passion for him to help people. He gave time for me to ask questions and did so very wonderfully answering them.. He made me feel very good knowing he deals with many patients that are over 500 pounds and has a true concern for those super obese. There are NOT many in this field that will even do surgery on someone these sizes, yet he takes the chance and helps us. What a man! Just to tell you some pluses. He takes the gallbladder out during surgery, he said it only take 3 minutes while your there. I said what about insurance, he said he doesn't charge them for it. He's done over 500 bariatric surgeries dealing with mostly high risk patients. He said to keep in mind he also does other surgeries such as hernia repairs, and other gastrointestinal surgeries, as well as be a professor, and he goes to other countries donating his time to help the less fortunate. He's done maybe 50 patients under 500 pounds the rest where over 500 pounds. He said the average BMI is 60 at MCG, whereas most other hospitals are around 45. I felt a huge relief that he's so experienced with high weights. The highest weight he did was over 1200 pounds. I asked him about deaths. He has lost 7 patients and he went into full details of each one, he said that patients had died anywhere between 8weeks to a year for various reasons. He's only had 3 leaks. I asked him about certain patients and he remembered each one of them. That said a lot. Anyway I spent an hour and a half with him. He also knows and understands about my lymphedema. He felt that I would lose a good bit of weight from therapy. I could tell how he spoke that this was a passion. He said he does this surgery to save people's lives and give them life back. I fell in love with him. While he was talking to me I could see a glow around him. It was the most amazing experience, when we left I KNEW it was right and had major relief. I fully trust him and would put my life in his hands.  Now after having the surgery from Dr. Martindale.  I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone.  He is HIGHLY skilled in this field, has great care and concern for his patients, they are very important to him.  I'm certainly thankful that God provided such a wonderful man to help others the way Dr. Martindale is helping people. 
This is Dr. Martindale and I in the hosptital after my surgery. I call him my "lifesaver"  Thank you so much Dr. Martindale for giving me my life back!
4/12/2005
This is the last time I saw Dr. Martindale before his leaving to Oregon.  He will be greatly missed by both Kenneth and I.  He's changed both of our lives in so many ways.  I can't even express how he will be missed.  He's going to be at OHSU, in
Portland.  Still doing Bariatric Surgery.  He wrote me this email before he left 

Amy, I am very happy both you and Kenneth are doing so well.   Keep up the strong work.  BOB
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