Laura J. Martin, MD, MPH, is a former medical editor for WebMD who was responsible for reviewing WebMD news and feature stories to ensure their medical accuracy. She has many years of experience in the practice of both inpatient and outpatient internal medicine. She has served as a medical educator in the fields of general internal medicine, palliative care, and medical ethics.
She obtained her master's degree in public health at Tulane University, followed by her medical degree at Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans. Martin completed her residency in internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. She practiced general internal medicine in a private practice setting in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for several years before returning to Atlanta, where she practiced academic medicine at Emory University for more than 10 years.
While at Emory University, Martin developed an ambulatory medicine curriculum and served as coordinator of ambulatory medicine conferences. She is co-editor of the medical textbook Ambulatory Medicine Casebook. She has developed and taught a curriculum in alternative medicine for Emory students.
Martin has completed the Program in Palliative Care Education & Practice at Harvard Medical School and has served as a co-director of palliative care at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
Additionally, Martin has served as a fellow of medical ethics. She participated in teaching a medical ethics curriculum and served for several years on the medical ethics committee at Grady Memorial Hospital.
She is board-certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine, and is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.