Christopher Martin, MD

Christopher T. Martin, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Health Networks

  • University of Minnesota Physicians

Languages I Speak

  • English

Care Philosophy

As an active researcher throughout my medical education and training, I have investigated and published over 40 medical articles and presented original research at national and international spine conferences. Among the many topics are quality and value in the changing healthcare arena, improved patient outcomes while managing risk factors for complications, short-term complication differences between spinal and general anesthesia for knee arthroplasty and rare tumors of the sacrum. This ongoing research, together with being a strong advocate for my patients to become more informed consumers, both contribute to providing better care for my patients.  My overall mission is to relieve pain and restore activity using the least invasive techniques. 

Care and Clinical Interests

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
  • Arthritic or Degenerative Conditions of the Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine
  • Cervical Foraminotomy
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Deformity
  • Degenerative Back and Neck Disorders
  • Disc Herniations
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)
  • Infection
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusions
  • Percutaneous Fixation
  • Posterior Cervical Fusion
  • Spin Instability
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spine Pain
  • Stenosis
  • Thoraco-Lumbar Fusions
  • Trauma

Education, Training and Certifications

Medical Schools

  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD


  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


  • Emory University, Atlanta, GA - Spine

Recognition and Leadership


  • Named as Iowa Resident Representative to National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference – 2015
  • Winner of Mid-American Orthopaedic Association Educational Scholarship – 2015
  • Co-author of the Carl L. Nelson Award paper at MAOA Annual Meeting - 2015
  • Winner of the Scoliosis Research Society OrthoPediatric Educational Scholarship – 2014
  • Co-author of Best Clinical Research Presentation in poster category at Mid-American Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting – 2014
  • Russell H. Hibbs Award Finalist at SRS Annual Meeting for a paper – 2014
  • Winner of Best Clinical Research Presentation in the Poster Category at the Cervical Spine Research Society Annual Meeting – 2013
  • Research featured in AAOS Now – 8/2/2013


  • Co-Principle Investigator - “Development and Validation of a Risk Calculator for Short Term Complications after Hip Fracture Surgery,” - 2014
  • Principle Investigator – “Acetabular Prosthesis Protrusion after Medial Acetabular Wall Breach in Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Cadaveric Biomechanical Study,” - 2013
  • Invited speaker for Sirius XM Doctor Radio – 2013
  • Nominated to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society – 2011
  • Honors in Research Designation – 2007
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Academic Merit Award – 2006
  • Wisconsin Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award – 2006
  • Nominated to the Order of Omega Honor Society – 2006
  • Nominated to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society – 2006

Academic Information

Assistant Professor

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