David Martin is the chief medical officer of Ascension’s Texas market. He has served as chief medical officer of Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA) since December 2013 and as chief medical officer of Ascension Seton Southwest (SSW) since August 2015. Prior to joining Ascension Seton, he worked for St. David’s Healthcare in Round Rock and Georgetown for seven years. He brings a passion for patient safety and a history of extensive accomplishments.
Examples of his Ascension Seton leadership contributions include:
- Developed a concurrent review model for SMCA in partnership with the quality director, which resulted in 100% core measures compliance for six consecutive months and year-over-year decrease in Harm Across the Board.
- Reorganized the SMCA Surgical Services team and improved operational efficiency, resulting in provider and associate satisfaction and year over year surgical volume improvements.
- Strategically implemented incremental robotic technology and achieved over 40% year-over-year growth in robotic surgery.
- Created value structures, including the operative surgical home to improve quality of care while reducing unnecessary cost.
- Created new, robust and sustainable partnerships with provider groups and medical staff.
Martin and his wife, Cynthia, have five children and he enjoys running, golf and reading books on various subjects. Before earning his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, he earned his doctorate of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, and his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York.
During a U.S. Army career that extended to 2001, he rose to positions that included chief of the six-surgeon General Surgery Service at Fort Hood’s Darnall Army Community Hospital, as well as trauma director at the hospital, and commander of the 20-member 126th Forward Surgical Team at Fort Hood. From 1996 to 1997, he was deputy commander of clinical service for the Combat Service Hospital in Tuzla, Bosnia.