Linda W. Martin

Linda W. Martin, MD, MPH

Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Primary Location:
Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center

1240 Lee St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Secondary Locations:


ABMS Certification:
Surgery; Thoracic Surgery
Clinical Practice:
Achalasia Treatment, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Malignant Mesothelioma, Esophagectomy, Indeterminate Lung Nodules, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Lung Cancer Surgery, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Thymus Cancers

Interim Chief of Thoracic Surgery


Associate Professor

Linda Martin, MD, joined the University of Virginia, School of Medicine faculty and the UVA Cancer Center as an associate professor of surgery in 2016. Dr. Martin received her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. Her surgical internship and residency training began at the University of Minnesota, and midway through she transferred to complete her training at the University of California, San Francisco. She then specialized in general thoracic surgery, with thoracic track fellowship training at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Dr. Martin also obtained a post-doctorate master’s degree in public health from the University of Texas, Houston.

As interim chief of thoracic surgery, Dr. Martin focuses on thoracic malignancies, but she also has extensive experience with benign lung and esophageal diseases. She is a strong advocate for lung cancer screenings and collaborates with physicians and healthcare providers from all disciplines to determine the best treatment strategy. She also helps encourage patients to quit smoking.

Dr. Martin has an interest in robotic surgery, which she was trained to perform through the Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship. Clinical trials research is another strong interest of hers. She strives to offer trials to any patients who may qualify, and she is heavily involved in design and implementation of clinical research through her work and leadership within several committees of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, an NCI sponsored group. She also has collaborated with anesthesiologists and nursing staff to develop enhanced recovery after thoracic surgery pathways to improve outcomes and shorten hospital stay for patients undergoing chest surgery.

  • 2017 Carolyn Reed Award - Best scientific paper, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
  • 2015 Baltimore Magazine Top Doctor 
  • 2015 Best Practice Award, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health 
  • Carolyn E. Reed Travelling Fellowship Award to learn robotic surgery
  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) scholarship recipient, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine
  • Highest Departmental Honors (Department of Biology), University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California Regents Scholar
  • UCLA Alumni Scholar
  • Magna Cum Laude, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Los Angeles 


University of California, San Diego
University of Minnesota
University of California, San Francisco; The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center