Joseph B. Martin, MD, PhD

Vice Chair, Translational Neuroscience

Joseph B. Martin, MD, PhD, is the Edward R. and Anne G. Lefler Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School.


Dr. Martin was born in Alberta, Canada. He received his premedical and medical education at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. He completed training in neurology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and received his PhD in anatomy from the University of Rochester in 1971.


Following academic appointments at McGill University, Dr. Martin was appointed chief of the neurology service at the Massachusetts General Hospital, serving from 1978-1989. From 1989-1993, Dr. Martin was Dean of the School of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco. In 1993, he was appointed Chancellor of UCSF, serving four years until his return to Harvard University in 1997.


Dr. Martin served for ten years as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University from 1997 to 2007. Since 2007, Dr. Martin remained on the faculty of Harvard Medical School until his retirement in July 2016.


Dr. Martin is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary member and past president of the American Neurological Association.


Dr. Martin is author of over 300 scientific publications and several books. The most recent is “Alfalfa to Ivy: Memoir of a Harvard Medical School Dean” published in 2011.