DOUGLAS W. MARTIN, MD, FACOEM, FAAFP, FIAIME
Doug Martin, MD, is a native of Louisville, Nebraska, a small town of approximately 1,000 people near Omaha that is famous for Ash Grove cement manufactured from the limestone deposits along the Platte River. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with Highest Distinction in 1987 from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He went on to attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center receiving the Doctor of Medicine degree with Distinction in 1991.
Dr. Martin completed his family medicine residency in Davenport, Iowa. He was awarded the Mead-Johnson Award for Graduate Education in Family Medicine, given to the top twenty family medicine residents in the nation. Dr. Martin went on to complete a Mini-Residency in Occupational Medicine at the University of Cincinnati.
He serves as the Medical Director for UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Occupational Medicine in Sioux City. The majority of his practice is related to musculoskeletal medicine, which is directly secondary to the industry in the area; he often speaks of “meatpacking is my life” as he services one of the largest meatpacking facilities in the world in Dakota City, NE.
Dr. Martin has served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians (now known as the International Academy of Independent Medical Evaluators) and is a Past President. He is a Past President of the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians and the IAFP Foundation. While Foundation President, he was involved in the finalization of the Iowa Health Rural Health Loan Repayment Program, a combined public-private endeavor. He was given the AADEP President’s Award for Volunteer Service four different years and Freeman Award as Outstanding Educator in 2005, and the organization’s first Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He was given the Janet M Wee Award by the IAFP for outstanding contributions to the organization. He is also currently on the Board of Directors (Vice-Chair) of the Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association (IPMA).
He has given over 500 CME presentations on various Occupational Medicine topics, with emphasis on upper extremity repetitive motion injuries, disability medicine and medical review officer functions. He is currently serving ACOEM as the Course Director of the Musculoskeletal Examination and Treatment Techniques Course and the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment Course. He serves ACOEM as the Chair of the MRO Section and is a past ACOEM House of Delegates Speaker and member of the Executive Committee. He has authored ACOEM’s official comments on the Federal Department of Transportation Revised Drug & Alcohol Testing Rules. In 2013, Dr. Martin was awarded the ACOEM Meritorious Service Award for his varied volunteer activities for the college.
He has served AADEP and ACOEM on their respective Education Committee and Council on Education. He was appointed to the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Education and Subcommittee on Graduate Curriculum in 2018. Having been on 6 different ACCME reaccreditation teams, he is highly involved in the planning and improvement of CME activities on a large scale. Dr. Martin has introduced varied teaching methods to many organizations, incorporating case-based educational tools and game show activities as an alternative to the typical didactic lecture formats.
He served on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Certification Work Integrated Product Team, a multi-disciplinary committee who was charged with creating the certification examination for providers who perform commercial driver medical examinations (DOT physicals).
He is an accomplished author, having written several articles for the MRO Update newsletter. He penned book chapters for three AMA books: The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Disease and Injury Causation, The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Work Ability and Return to Work, and The AMA Guides to Navigating Disability Benefit Systems. In 2015, he was the lead author and editor for the text CRPS –What is the Evidence? a project of Veritas Medicus, the AADEP Foundation. In the spring of 2018, his book, Independent Medical Evaluations – A Practical Guide was released by Springer Publications.
Dr. Martin serves as an expert witness for many medico-legal issues. He is frequently called upon by insurance carriers and state systems as an AMA Guides impairment rating expert. He provides consultation and reviews for many disability systems that center upon causation analysis. In 2019, he was appointed co-chair of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanenet Impairment Editorial Panel, who is charged with updating the AMA’s impairment rating guides.
On a state level, in 2019 he received the Gary Hawk Award, presented by the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Council. On a local level, he serves voluntarily as the Superintendent of the Union County (SD) Board of Public Health and as the Medical Director for the Dakota Valley Emergency Services District.
Dr. Martin is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, Fellow of the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Fellow of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians, Certified Independent Medical Examiner, Certified Medical Review Officer, an Aviation Medical Examiner, a designated Immigration Civil Surgeon, an arbitration examiner for the Nebraska Worker’s Compensation Court, and a Social Security Disability Examiner for Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota.
He lives in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota with his wife Janet, and he has four children. He is a co-founder of the Tri State Youth Association (www.tristateyouthsd.org) and is both an Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver recipient, continuing to serve the Boy Scouts of America as Troop Committee Chairman. His assists his wife with a Haitian relief organization that she co-founded Time4Haiti (www.time4haiti.org). In his spare time, he follows the local high school and college sports teams.