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New White Memorial Medical Chief of Staff Has Local Roots

Dr. Miguel Martinez was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, but has spent most of his life since the age of three living in the San Gabriel Valley, making him intimately familiar with the region’s diverse population.

That knowledge, along with his years in private practice at White Memorial — since 1989 — and as clinical instructor for the hospital’s teaching residency programs, will serve him well as White Memorial’s new medical chief of staff.

As chief, Martinez is responsible for the oversight of the medical staff appointment and peer review processes. Since being appointed earlier this year, Martinez has devoted a significant portion of his time reviewing medical center policies and improving communication between the hospital and physicians, and the delivery of services to White Memorial patients, according to a White Memorial written statement.

“Dr. Martinez is strongly committed to our mission at White Memorial. He continues to focus his efforts on improving the delivery of healthcare for all those who come to our hospital,” said Beth Zachary, White Memorial’s CEO and president.

Martinez received his medical degree from Yale Medical School in 1983, and completed a urology residency at UCLA, Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and White Memorial Medical Center where he diagnosed, treated and managed diseases of the urinary tract and male reproductive system, including prostatitis, kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

His professional career also includes an active role in several medical associations, and has founded, or co-founded several Hispanic medical organizations, including the Orange County Latino Center for Prevention and Action in Health. Martinez was elected a diplomat of the American Board of Urology in 1995 and was a charter member of the National Hispanic Advisory Board at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

Martinez’ friendship with boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya has also involved him in Golden Boy Productions’ efforts to raise funds to establish White Memorial’s Cecelia De La Hoya Cancer Center, Oscar De La Hoya Neonatal Intensive Care Center and the Labor and Delivery Unit. He has received numerous awards and honors, including being selected by the Consumer’s Research Council of America as one of “America’s Top Physicians,” Pasadena Magazine’s “Top Docs” and “The Adventist Philanthropy Leadership Award.”