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Paulo Martins, MD, PhD, FAST, FACS, FEBSPhoto of Paulo Martins, MD, PhD, FAST

Paulo Martins is an Associate Professor of Surgery at UMass Chan Medical School. He graduated from the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil in 1998. He finished his PhD in transplant immunology at the University of Berlin-Germany in 2005 with “Summa cum Laude” and a post-doc research fellowship at the Brigham and Women Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard University, in Boston-USA in 2008. From 2008-2010 he did a clinical hepatobiliary and Transplant Fellowship at the New York Medical School, followed by other clinical transplant fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, from 2010-2012. Since 2013, after one year as instructor at the MGH hospital in Boston, Dr. Martins has been working as a transplant Surgeon at the UMass Memorial Health and principal investigator at a transplant laboratory in the same institution. During his career he has obtained several research awards and grants and in 2015, he was indicted fellow of the American Society of Transplantation and 2017 fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has worked on experimental surgery since medical school, and has focused his research on ischemia reperfusion injury and donor/graft modulation using small and large animal transplant models.

Dr. Martins has trained microsurgeons and supervised several graduate students, residents, PhD students in the hospital and in his laboratory. He is an editorial board member of 3 scientific journals, ad-hoc reviewer of 10 medical journals, committee member of several organizations (UNOS, AST, ASTS) and member of 6 scientific/professional associations. Dr. Martins has published 72 peer-reviewed articles, 14 book chapters, and several abstracts in scientific meeting and medical journals.

To view Dr. Martins' research profile and publication list select the links below.

In 2018, Dr. Paulo Martins received the “Rising Star Award” from the International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS) during the annual society meeting in Lisbon, Portugal

Postdocs - Join us - Be a part of our team

We are currently accepting applications from transplant microsurgeons for a research postdoc.  Please send your CV, and letters of recommendation to

We can also consider applications of qualified undergraduate students, summer students, international postdocs and surgical residents on a volunteering basis. 


Past Lab Members

Andrew Gillooly, MD
Carolina G. Moore, PhD
Max Thijssen
Isabel Bruggenwirth
Hazel Briner, MD
Sarah Sheppard, MD, PhD
Paria Mahboub, DVM

Support Staff

Diana Lavergne
Administrative Assistant
Telephone: 508-334-0912
Fax: 508-856-1102