The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Jackson, MS, USA.
James N. Martin, Jr., MD was Professor of OBGYN, Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine for the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women & Infants, and Vice Chair for Research and Academic Development at the University of Mississippi Hospitals and Clinics in Jackson until he retired from full-time clinical practice on December 1, 2014. He holds a BS degree from Wake Forest University and an MD degree from the University of North Carolina. After OBGYN residency at Chapel Hill, NC and two fellowships, one in Stockholm, Sweden for the World Health Organization in reproductive physiology and the other in Dallas for maternal-fetal medicine subspecialty education and training at Parkland Hospital, Dr. Martin was an active clinician, educator, administrator and investigator with a primary focus of interest in hypertensive complications of pregnancy. He has more than 700 scientific publications and communications of various types to his credit over the past 41 years. He is past president of the North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy 1997-2000, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine 2000-2001 and the American College and Congress of OBGYN from 2010 to 2013. Most recently Dr. Martin has been published in the area of obstetric management of patients with hypertensive and hematologic disorders of pregnancy, especially preeclampsia, eclampsia and HELLP syndrome. In 2005 he published in Obstetrics & Gynecology the transformative information about the importance of focus on severe systolic hypertension as a paradigm shift in obstetric practice which continues to impact current care guidelines. In 2009 the Preeclampsia Foundation presented its Hope Award to him for lifetime achievement in preeclampsia research. The University of North Carolina School of Medicine awarded Jim with its 2012 Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award. In 2014 the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a fellow of ACOG, the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS) and an honorary fellow ad eundem of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). The graduating senior OBGYN resident classes of 2006 and again in 2009 at Mississippi presented him with Excellence in Mentoring Awards. In retirement Dr. Martin continues to write, teach and play an active role in OBGYN-MFM within ACOG, FIGO, the March of Dimes, and the Mississippi Perinatal Quality Collaborative. His ACOG presidential initiatives for preeclampsia and global expansion of ACOG involvement in women’s health continue to impact the specialty.