Current Professional Position: Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, The Schumacher Group
Year Appointed to Board: 2006
Residency: Charity Hospital-LSUMC in New Orleans
Bio: Ricardo Martinez is currently the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs for The Schumacher Group, a physician-led emergency medicine management company with over 100 hospitals and 1000 physicians practicing over a spectrum of health care facilities from rural isolated emergency departments to high-volume tertiary care centers. He is on the faculty of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and serves as Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He was previously associate professor of Surgery/Emergency Medicine, and associate director of Trauma Services at Stanford University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical in New Orleans.
Dr. Martinez served five years, 1994-1999, as the 10th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), overseeing the automotive industry and working with States, Congress, and a broadly expanded constituency to improve highway safety by embracing motor vehicle deaths as a public health crisis. His tenure also saw the development of the EMS Agenda for the Future by the EMS community.
He has been honored with national awards by the American Medical Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Trauma Society, and the National Association of EMS Physicians. Since 1988, Dr. Martinez has been the senior medical advisor to the National Football League for Super Bowl, focusing on prevention, emergency preparedness and response.