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Steve Martinez, MD, FACS


Oncological Surgery, Breast Cancer Surgery

Board Certification

American Board of Surgery

The Everett Clinic

3901 Hoyt Ave
Everett, WA 98201
P: (425) 339-5442
F: (425) 317-8107

Philosophy of Care

As much as possible, I believe in providing my patients with personalized, multidisciplinary care. This is done by providing choices with respect to surgical and medical treatment. These choices take into account each patient’s circumstances. My professional opinion is based on the most current medical evidence, extensive personal experience, and the contribution of my colleagues in the fields of surgery, medical oncology, radiology, radiation oncology, pathology, physical therapy, nursing, and genetics, among others.

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  • Breast surgery
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
  • Melanoma
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma


Medical School

University of Washington, Seattle, WA


General Surgery, State University of New York, Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY


General Surgery, State University of New York, Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY


Surgical Oncology, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, CA


Awards & Achievements

1989 National Hispanic Scholarship Fund Award

1992 Minority Medical Education Program Award
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

1994-1995 Medical Scientist Research Training Program
University of Washington School of Medicine

2000-2001 Surgery Resident of the Year
SUNY at Stony Brook

2001-2002 David J. Kreis Award for Excellence in Trauma Surgery
SUNY at Stony Brook

2005 American Society of Clinical Oncology Foundation Merit Award

2005 John Wayne Cancer Institute Employee of the Month, September

2005-2007 National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Program Award

2006 American Society of Clinical Oncology Foundation Merit Award

2006 American Society of Clinical Oncology Foundation Merit Award

2007-2009 K30 Mentored Clinical Research Training Program
University of California, Davis Medical Center at Sacramento

2009 K12 NIH Mentored Career Development Program
University of California, Davis Medical Center at Sacramento

2009 Landgraf Memorial Research Award
University of California, Davis Medical Center at Sacramento

2010 Scholars Abstract Award, Clinical and Translational Research and Education Meeting: ACRT/SCTS Joint Annual Meeting

2010 Sacramento Business Journal 40 Under 40

2013 Thought Leader Award, Sacramento California Region, Winter 2013 Top Doctor Competition, Health Tap (www.healthtap.com)


1. 1997 Aitken ML, S. Martinez, G.J. McDonald, C.C. Seifert, W. Burke. Sensation of smell does not determine nutritional status in patients with cystic fibrosis. Pediatric Pulmonology, 24:52-56.

2. 2002 Dilmanian, F.A., T.M. Button, G. Le Duc, N. Zhong , L.A. Pena, J.A. Smith, S.R.
Martinez, T. Bacarian, J. Tammam, B. Ren, P.M. Farmer, J. Kalef-Ezra, P.L. Micca, M.M. Nawrocky, J.A. Niederer, F.P. Recksiek, A. Fuchs, E.M. Rosen.
Response of rat intracranial 9L gliosarcoma to microbeam radiation therapy. Neuro-oncology, 4:26-28.

3. 2003 Martinez, S.R., M. Gelfand, H.S. Hourani, J.J. Sorrento, E.P. Mohan. Cardiac
injury during needle localized surgical breast biopsy. Journal of Surgical Oncology, 82(4):261-265.

4. 2004 Bilchik, A.J., S.R. Martinez. Novel effective drugs and evolving ablation
technology: A more comprehensive approach to hepatic malignancies: Editorial. Annals of Surgical Oncology, 11(5):458-459.

5. 2005 Martinez, S.R., A.J. Bilchik. Lymphatic mapping and sentinel node analysis in
colon cancer. Clinical Colorectal Cancer, 4(5):320-324.

6. 2005 Martinez, S.R., A.J. Bilchik. Quality control issues in the management of colon
cancer patients. European Journal of Surgical Oncology, 31:616-629.

7. 2005 Martinez, S.R., S.E. Young. Primary mucinous carcinoma of the skin: A
review. The Internet Journal of Oncology, 2(2):1-10.

8. 2005 Martinez, S.R., D.S.B. Hoon. Molecular markers in malignant cutaneous
melanoma: Gift horse or one-trick pony? Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, 96:473-483.

9. 2005 Martinez, S.R., S.E. Young, J.S. Brebbia. Small bowel obstruction after
absorbable mesh wrap splenorraphy. The Internet Journal of Surgery, 6(2):1-6.

10. 2005 Mori,T., S.J. O’Day, N. Umetani, S.R. Martinez, M. Kitago, et. al. Predictive
utility of circulating methylated DNA in serum of melanoma patients receiving biochemotherapy. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 23:9351-9358.

11. 2005 Martinez, S.R., H.S. Hourani, J.J. Sorrento, E.P. Mohan. Emphysematous
cholecystitis: A case report and literature review. The Internet Journa of Surgery,

12. 2006 Martinez, S.R., S.E. Young, A.E. Giuliano, A.J. Bilchik. The utility of estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and Her-2/neu status to predict survival in patients undergoing hepatic resection for breast cancer metastases. The American Journal of Surgery, 191:281-283.

13. 2006 Kim, J., A.A. Reber, O.J. Hines, K.K. Kazanjian, A. Tran, X. Ye, F.F. Amersi, S.R. Martinez, S.M. Dry, A.J. Bilchik, D.S.B. Hoon. The clinical significance of
MAGEA3 expression in pancreatic cancer. International Journal of Cancer,

14. 2006 Martinez, S.R., T. Mori, D.S.B. Hoon. Molecular upstaging of sentinel lymph nodes in melanoma: Where are we now? Surgical Oncology Clinics of North
America, 15:331-340.

15. 2006 Umetani N, M.F.G. de Maat, E. Sunami, S.R. Martinez, D.S.B. Hoon.
Methylation of p16 and Ras association domain family protein 1a during
colorectal malignant transformation: Histology-oriented assessment on formalin-
fixed tissue. Molecular Cancer Research, 4:303-309.

16. 2006 Martinez, S.R., S.E. Young, R.E. Hoedema, L.J. Foshag, A.J. Bilchik
Colorectal cancer screening and surveillance: Current standards and future trends. Annals of Surgical Oncology, 13(6):768-775.

17. 2006 Aikou, T., Y. Kitagawa, Y. Uenosono, A.J. Bilchik, S.R. Martinez, S. Saha.
Sentinel lymph node mapping with GI cancer. Cancer Metastasis Reviews, 25(2):269-277.

18. 2006 Koyanagi, K., T. Mori, S.J. O’Day, S.R. Martinez, H.J. Wang, D.S. Hoon.
Association of circulating tumor cells with serum tumor-related methylated DNA in peripheral blood of melanoma patients. Cancer Research, 66(12)6111-6117.

19. 2006 Kim, J., T. Mori, S.L. Chen, F.F. Amersi, S.R. Martinez, C. Kuo, R.R. Turner, X. Ye, A.J. Bilchik, D.L. Morton, D.S. Hoon. Chemokine receptor CXCR4
expression in patients with melanoma and colorectal cancer liver metastases and
the association with disease outcome. Annals of Surgery, 244(1):113-120.

20. 2006 Young, S.E., S.R. Martinez, M.B. Faries, R. Essner, L.A. Wanek, D.L. Morton. Can surgical therapy alone achieve long-term cure of melanoma metastatic to
regional nodes? The Cancer Journal, 12(3):207-211.

21. 2006 Mori, T., S.R. Martinez, S.J. O’Day, D.L. Morton, N. Umetani, et.al. Estrogen receptor-alpha methylation predicts melanoma progression. Cancer Research,

22. 2006 Young, S.E., S.R. Martinez, R. Essner. The role of surgery in treatment of stage IV melanoma. Journal of Surgical Oncology, 94:344-351.

23. 2006 Martinez, S.R., S.L. Chen, A.J. Bilchik. Treatment disparities in Hispanic rectal cancer patients: A SEER database study. The American Surgeon, 72(10):906-908.

24. 2006 Nakagawa, T., S.K. Huang, S.R. Martinez, A.N. Tran, D. Elashoff, X. Ye, R.R. Turner, A.E. Giuliano, D.S.B. Hoon. Proteomic profiling of primary breast
cancer predicts axillary lymph node metastasis. Cancer Research, 66(24):11825-11830.

25. 2007 Nakagawa, T., S.R. Martinez, Y. Goto, K. Koyanagi, M. Kitago, T. Shingai, D.A. Elashoff, X. Ye, F.R. Singer, A.E. Giuliano, D.S.B. Hoon. Detection of
circulating tumor cells in early-stage breast cancer metastasis to axillary lymph nodes. Clinical Cancer Research, 13(14):4105-4110.

26. 2008 Martinez, S.R., R.J. Hagge, S.D. Christensen, J.M. Webb. Metastatic breast cancer mimicking benign fatty liver infiltration. The Breast Journal, 14(1):108.

27. 2008 Martinez, S.R., A.S. Robbins, F.J. Myers, R.J. Bold, V.J. Khatri, J.E. Goodnight, Jr. Racial and ethnic differences in treatment and survival among adults with primary extremity soft tissue sarcoma. Cancer, 112(5):1162-1168.

28. 2008 Martinez, S.R., and S.E. Young. A rational surgical approach to the treatment of distant melanoma metastases. Cancer Treatment Review, 34(7):614-20.

29. 2008 Leggett, M.D., S.L. Chen, P.D. Schneider, S.R. Martinez Prognostic value of lymph node yield and metastatic lymph node ratio in medullary thyroid carcinoma. Annals of Surgical Oncology, 15(9):2493-9.

30. 2008 Chen, S.L., S.R. Martinez. The survival impact of the choice of surgical procedure after ipsilateral breast cancer recurrence. American Journal of Surgery, 196(4):495-9.

31. 2009 Sunami, E., M. Shinozaki, C.S. Higano, R. Wollman, T.B. Dorff, S. J. Tucker, S.R. Martinez, R. Mizuno, F. R. Singer, and D. Hoon. A Multimarker Circulating DNA Assay for Assessing Prostate Cancer Patients' Blood. Clinical Chemistry. 55(3):559-67.

32. 2009 Leggett M.D., S.R. Martinez. In Reply. Annals of Surgical Oncology. 16(4):1083.

33. 2009 Kitago, M., S.R. Martinez, T. Nakamura, M. Sim, D. S. B. Hoon. Regulation of RUNX3 Tumor Suppressor Gene Expression in Cutaneous Melanoma. Clincal Cancer Research, 15(9):2988-94.

34. 2009 Bowen, S.L., Y. Wu, A.J. Chaudhari, L. Fu, N.J. Packard, G.W. Burkett, K. Yang, K.K. Lindfors, D.K. Shelton, R. Hagge, A.D. Borowsky, S.R. Martinez, J. Qi, J.M. Boone, S.R. Cherry, R.D. Badawi. Initial Characterization of a Dedicated Breast PET/CT Scanner During Human Imaging. Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 50(9):1401-8.

35. 2010 S.H. Beal; S.R. Martinez, R.J. Canter; S.L. Chen; V.P. Khatri; R.J. Bold. Survival in 12,653 Breast Cancer Patients with Extensive Axillary Lymph Node Metastasis in the Anthracycline Era. Medical Oncology, 27(4):1420-1424.

36. 2010 Canter, R.J., S. Beal, D. Borys, S.R. Martinez, R.J. Bold, A.S. Robbins. Interaction of Histologic Subtype and Histologic Grade in Predicting Survival for Soft-Tissue Sarcomas. Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 210(2):191-198.

37. 2010 Beal, S.H., S.L. Chen, P.D. Schneider, S.R. Martinez. An Evaluation of Lymph Node Yield and Lymph Node Ratio in Well-Differentiated Thyroid Carcinoma. The American Surgeon, 76(1):28-32.

38. 2010 Martinez, S.R., S. Beal, S.L. Chen, A. Chen, P.D. Schneider, Adjuvant External Beam Radiation for Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma. Journal of Surgical Oncology, 102(2):175-8.

39. 2010 Canter, R.J., S.R. Martinez, R.M. Tamurian, M. Wilton, C.S. Li, J. Ryu, W. Mak, W.L. Monsky, D. Borys. Radiographic and Histologic Response to Neoadjuvant
Radiotherapy in Patients with Soft Tissue Sarcoma. Annals of Surgical Oncology, 17(10):2578-2584.

40. 2010 Coates, J., S.R. Martinez, R.J. Bold, S.L. Chen. Adjuvant Radiation Therapy is Associated with improved Survival for Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of the Breast. Journal of Surgical Oncology, 102(4):342-347.

41. 2010 Martinez, S.R., S.H. Beal, S.L. Chen, R.J. Canter, V.P. Khatri, A. Chen, R.J. Bold. Disparities in the Use of Radiation Therapy in Patients with Local-Regionally Advanced Breast Cancer. International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, 78(3):787-792.

42. 2010 W.H. Tseng, T.R. Stevenson, R.J. Canter, S.L. Chen, V.P. Khatri, R.J. Bold, S.R. Martinez. Sacramento Area Breast Cancer Epidemiology Study (SABES): Use
of Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction along the Rural to Urban Continuum. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 126(6):1815-1824.

43. 2011 Martinez, S.R., S.H. Beal, R.J. Canter, S.L. Chen, V.P. Khatri, R.J. Bold. Medullary Carcinoma of the Breast: A Population-Based Perspective. Medical Oncology, 28(3):738-44.

44. 2011 W.H. Tseng, S.R. Martinez. Metaplastic Breast Cancer: To Radiate or Not to Radiate? Annals of Surgical Oncology, 18(1):94-103.

45. 2011 W.H. Tseng, S.R. Martinez. Tumor Location Predicts Survival in Cutaneous Head and Neck Melanoma. Journal of Surgical Research, 167(2):192-198.

46. 2011 W.H. Tseng, S.R. Martinez, R.M. Tamurian, S.L. Chen, R.J. Bold, R.J. Canter. Contiguous Organ Resection is Safe in Patients with Retroperitoneal Sarcoma:
and ACS-NSQIP Analysis. Journal of Surgical Oncology, 103(5):390-394.

47. 2011 M.S. Garcia, Y. Ono, S.R. Martinez, S.L. Chen, T. Phan, Y. Miyamura, M.A. Fung, E. Maverakis. Complete regression of subcutaneous and cutaneous metastatic melanoma with high dose intralesional interleukin-2 in combination with topical imiquimod and retinoid cream. Melanoma Research, 21(3):235-243.

48. 2011 W.H. Tseng, S.R. Martinez, R.M. Tamurian, D. Borys, R.J. Canter. Lack of Survival Benefit Following Adjuvant Radiation in Patients with Retroperitoneal Sarcoma: A SEER Analysis. Journal of Surgical Research, 168(2):e173-e180.

49. 2011 W.H. Tseng, L. Jin, R.J. Canter, S.R. Martinez, V.P. Khatri, J. Gauvin, R.J. Bold, D. Wisner, S. Taylor, S.L. Chen. Surgical Resident Involvement is Safe for Common Elective General Surgery Procedures. Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 213(1):19-26.

50. 2011 W.H. Tseng, X. Yang, S.R. Martinez, S.L. Chen, F.J. Meyers, R. J. Bold, R.J. Canter. Nomogram to Predict Risk of 30-day Morbidity and Mortality for patients
with Disseminated Malignancy Undergoing Surgical Intervention. Annals of Surgery, 254(2):333-338.

51. 2011 Martinez, S.R., W.H. Tseng, S.E. Young. Outcomes for Lymph Node-Positive Cutaneous Melanoma Over Two Decades. World Journal of Surgery, 35(7):1567-1572.

52. 2011 Martinez, S.R., K. Barr, R. J. Canter. Rare Tumors Through the Looking Glass: A Population-Focused Examination of Cutaneous Sweat Gland Tumors. Archives of Dermatology, 147(9):1058-1062.

53. 2011 S.R. Martinez, W.H. Tseng, D.R. Shah, R.J. Canter, R.J. Bold. Urban and Non-Urban Disparities in the Use of Post-Mastectomy Radiation for Breast Cancer. Medical Oncology. Published Online: October 8, 2011, DOI: 10.1007/s12032-011-0077-8

54. 2012 W.H. Tseng, S.R. Martinez, R.M. Tamurian, D. Borys, R.J. Canter. Histologic Type Predicts Survival in Patients with Retroperitoneal Soft Tissue Sarcoma.
Journal of Surgical Research. 172(1):123-30.

55. 2012 Martinez, S.R. , W.H. Tseng, R.J. Canter, A.M. Chen, S.L. Chen, R.J. Bold. Do Racial Disparities in Radiation Therapy Use Influence Survival in Patients with
Advanced Breast Cancer? CANCER. 118(1):196-204.

56. 2012 N. Wasif, R.M. Tamurian, S. Christensen, L. Do, S.R. Martinez, S.L. Chen, R.J. Canter. Influence of Specialty and clinical experience on Treatment Sequencing
in the Multimodal Management of Soft Tissue Extremity Sarcoma. Annals of Surgical Oncology. 19(2):504-10.

57. 2012 C.A. Smith, S.R. Martinez, W.H. Tseng, R.M. Tamurian, R.J. Bold, D. Borys, R.J. Canter. Predicting Survival for Well-Differentiated Liposarcoma: The Importance of Tumor Location. Journal of Surgical Research. 175(1):12-7.

58. 2012 D.R. Shah , R.J. Canter , V.P. Khatri , R.J. Bold , S.R. Martinez. Utilization of Lymph Node Assessment in Patients with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Treated with Lumpectomy. Journal of Surgical Research. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:22482771

59. 2012 S.R. Martinez, D.R. Shah, E. Maverakis, A.D. Yang. Geographic Variation in Utilization of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Intermediate Thickness Cutaneous Melanoma. Journal of Surgical Oncology.

60. 2012 D.R. Shah, J.M. Galante, R.J. Bold, R.J. Canter, S.R. Martinez. Text Messaging Among Resident and Faculty Surgeons: Prevalence, Purpose, and Patient Care. Journal of Surgical Education.

61. 2012 D. Borys, R.J. Canter, B. Hoch, S.R. Martinez, R.M. Tamurian, B. Murphy, J.W. Bishop, A. Horvai. P16 expression predicts necrotic response among patients with osteosarcoma receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Human Pathology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.humpath.2012.02.003

62. 2012 W.H. Tseng, D.R. Shah, S.R. Martinez. Treatment Options for Metaplastic Breast Cancer. ISRN Oncology, 2012:706162.

63. 2012 S.R. Martinez, D.R. Shah, W.H. Tseng, R.J. Canter, R.J. Bold. Rural-Urban Disparities in Use of Post-Lumpectomy Radiation. Medical Oncology.

64. 2012 D.R. Shah, R.J. Canter, V.P. Khatri, R.J. Bold, A.D. Yang, S.R. Martinez. Utilization of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Patients with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Undergoing Mastectomy. Annals of Surgical Oncology.

65. 2012 V.K. Sondak, D.W. King, J.S. Zager, S. Schneebaum, J. Kim, S.P.L. Leong, M. Faries, B. Averbrook, S.R. Martinez, C.A. Puleo, J.L. Messina, L. Christman, A.M. Wallace. Combined Analysis of Phase III Trials Evaluating [99mTc]Tilmanocept and Vital Blue Dye for Identification of Sentinel Lymph Nodes in Clinically Node-Negative Cutaneous Melanoma. Annals of Surgical Oncology.

66. 2012 D. Shah, D. Borys, S.R. Martinez, C.-S. Li, R.M. Tamurian, R.J. Bold, A. Monjazeb, R. J. Canter. Complete Pathologic Response to Neoadjuvant Radiotherapy is Predictive of Oncological Outcome in Patients With Soft Tissue Sarcoma. Anticancer Research 32(9):3911-3915.

67. 2012 M.E. Allen, A. Semrad, A.D.Yang, S.R. Martinez. Parathyroid Carcinoma Survival: Improvements in the Era of Intact Parathyroid Hormone Monitoring? Rare Tumors.

68. 2012 S.R. Martinez, D.R. Shah, A.D. Yang, R.J. Canter, E. Maverakis. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Patients with Thick Primary Cutaneous Melanoma: Patterns of Use and Underuse Utilizing a Population-Based Model. ISRN Dermatology.

69. 2013 D.R. Shah, H. Wang, R.J. Bold, X Yang, S.R. Martinez, A.D. Yang, V.P. Khatri, D.H. Wisner, R.J. Canter. Nomograms to predict risk of in-hospital and post-
discharge venous thromboembolism after abdominal and thoracic surgery: an American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program analysis. Journal of Surgical Research pii: S0022-4804(12)01960-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2012.12.016. [Epub ahead of print]

70. 2013 D.R. Shah, E. Brown, J.E. Russo, C.S. Li, S. R. Martinez, J.M. Coates, R.J. Bold, R.J. Canter. Negligible Effect of Perioperative Epidural Analgesia Among Patients Undergoing Elective Gastric and Pancreatic Resections. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.

71. 2013 N. Wasif, C.A. Smith, R.M. Tamurian, S.D. Christensen, A.M. Monjazeb, S.R. Martinez, R.J. Canter. Influence of Physician Specialty on Treatment Recommendations in the Multidisciplinary Management of Soft Tissue Sarcoma of the Extremities. JAMA Surgery Mar 20:1-8. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2013.113. [Epub ahead of print].

72. 2013 D.R. Shah, A.D. Yang, E. Maverakis, S.R. Martinez. Rural-Urban Disparities in the Use of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Patients with Intermediate Thickness Cutaneous Melanoma. Journal of Surgical Research.

Professional Organizations

  • American Association for Cancer Research
    Associate Member
  • American Association for Cancer Research
    Minorities in Cancer Research
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Society of Surgical Oncology, Fellow
  • Association of Academic Surgery
  • Sacramento Surgical Society
  • American Thyroid Association
  • John Wayne Cancer Institute Alumni Association
  • Society for Clinical and Translational Science
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow


Medical Interests

  • Breast surgery
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
  • Melanoma
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Personal Interests

  • Fishing
  • Spending time with family