In practice as a vitreoretinal surgeon in Austin since 1993, Dr. Martinez has been named in “The Best Doctors in America” since 1996 and has also been included in Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists compiled by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. Since 2007 Texas Monthly lists him as a “Super Doctor,” an honor which identifies those doctors who have achieved special recognition from their peers. He actively participates in a variety of professional societies through meeting attendance and presentations.
Since 2016, Dr. Martinez has consistently earned three awards from Vitals.com:
- On Time Doctor Award
- Patient’s Choice Award
- Compassionate Doctor Recognition Award
Dr. Martinez specializes in the surgical and medical management of all diseases of the retina, vitreous and macula, including diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment macular holes and macular degeneration, among others. Additionally, he has been the Principal Investigator for numerous national research studies involving novel surgical procedures and pharmacological therapies.
Dr. Martinez maintains professional membership in the American Society of Retina Specialists, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Austin Ophthalmological Society, Texas Medical Association, and the Travis County Medical Society.
Dr. Martinez received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the recipient of the “Most Outstanding Student” award. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1988, he went on to complete his ophthalmology residency at the Emory University School of Medicine in 1992, where he was honored as chief resident. He completed his training as a surgical retina fellow in 1993 at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, which has been ranked as the #1 eye hospital in the country every year since 2005 by U.S. News & World Report. In 2008, he received an online certificate of achievement in Executive Strategies, Leadership, and Management from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business.
Dedicated to providing service to the community, Dr. Martinez serves on several Austin-area nonprofit boards and lectures at educational seminars for medical professionals in Central Texas. Internationally, he has participated in medical mission trips to Panama, Cuba and Mexico. He has lectured at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business on Lean process improvement in healthcare.
Dr. Martinez is a devoted family man and an active member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. He enjoys golf, traveling and the great outdoors. Also, he is an avid fan of “The Great Courses”, having listened to the best college courses on a range of topics including leadership, the sciences, business, and history. Most of all, he cherishes time with his wife, Catherine, and their three children, Joseph, Michael and Theresa.