Martha A. Zeiger

Martha A. Zeiger, MD

Division:
General Surgery
Department:
Surgery
Call 434.924.0376
Primary Location:
Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center

1240 Lee St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Directions
Phone:
434.924.0376
Expertise
Clinical Practice:
Cushing's Disease, Hyperthyroidism (Overactive Thyroid)
About
Title:
Professor
Biography

Dr. Martha Zeiger is currently the chair of the department of Surgery, School of Medicine at the University of Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. After serving in the United States Navy she completed her general surgical residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Thereafter she worked as a commander and attending surgeon at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Zeiger then completed a Surgical Oncology Fellowship, focusing on endocrine surgery at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland.

She joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1993, where she built a busy endocrine surgery practice, established an endocrine surgery fellowship program, and directed an NIH-funded molecular biology laboratory over the past 23 years. While at John Hopkins, she was the associate dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, professor of Surgery, Oncology, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, associate vice-chair of Surgery Faculty Development, and medical director of Business Development Strategic Alliance and Venture Technology. At Johns Hopkins, as associate dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, she oversaw 1200 research fellows in the School of Medicine. Dr. Zeiger has also held numerous leadership positions in national medical societies: the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, American Association of Clinical Endocrinology and the American Thyroid Association. She founded Endocrine Surgery University, an annual course for all endocrine surgery fellows in North America, and she is currently president of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. 

Her research interests include investigating molecular markers associated with thyroid cancer diagnosis and prognosis, and she is interested in working with patients with adrenal insufficiency, Cushing’s disease, hyperthyroidism and parathyroid issues.

Awards
  • 2012 Association of Women Surgeons' Visiting Professor to Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 2010 Patients' Choice Award America's Most Compassionate Doctors
Education
Primary:
University of Vermont
Residency:
Maine Medical Center
Fellowships:
National Cancer Institute