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Gavin Martin

Professor of Anesthesiology
Anesthesiology, Regional
Box 3094 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
2301 Erwin Road, 6670A Hafsb Building, Durham, NC 27710


This is my 21st year as a member of the Orthopedics, Plastics and Regional Division, Duke Department of Anesthesiology. For the past two years, I have served as the Vice Chair for Clinical Operations and the Anesthesia Medical Director. I am recognized as an expert worldwide in the field of Regional Anesthesia especially in the use of regional ultrasound techniques and often sought out to participate as a lecturer in various teaching/training activities to my colleagues both in the United States and abroad. This led to my past appointment as a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) committee.

As the Vice Chair, on a daily basis, I am responsible for the leadership of all anesthesiology faculty members and the clinical operations of all DUHS perioperative sites.  

Since 2001, I have served as a member on IRB committee reviewing both departmental and institutional human investigational research studies offering recommendations to protocols and consent form submissions.

I have been involved in numerous visiting professorships, grand round lectures and resident grand round lectures both at Duke and other institutions throughout the country. I have participated in many anesthesia workshops and conferences to include but not limited to: the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) annual meetings and the North & South Carolina Anesthesia Society. I have served as the medical director of the successful CME conference, Emerging Technologies in the OR held in Orlando, Florida for the last 6 years and the co-medical director of the successful CME conferences: Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Preceptorship (now in its eighth year) and the Pre-ASA Regional Anesthesia Ultrasound conference workshop for over 6 years.

As the primary investigator for over 18 industrial trials, I supervised and managed a group of physician and research nurses in several research studies with the major emphasis of work being devoted to liposomal epidural extended morphine. I was the first in our field to research the use of this medication in the management of postoperative pain in joint replacement surgery. I obtained academic recognition in my role in these studies with multiple publications and lectures. As a result of this research, extended release epidural morphine was successfully introduced into our clinical practice at Duke.

Other research areas, which have resulted in over 20 publications and 27 abstracts, include the investigation of oral opioids in the management of pain, blood replacement products, non-invasive cardiac output monitoring and regional anesthesia. I was the lead author in three anesthesiology book chapters of Anesthesiology on the subject of regional anesthesia.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Anesthesiology · 2021 - Present Anesthesiology, Regional, Anesthesiology
Vice-Chair, Clinical Operations · 2016 - Present Anesthesiology, Clinical Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Cape Town (South Africa) · 1989 M.B.B.Ch.