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October 15, 2013

Doctor says listening is key to diagnosing patients

Dermatologist here 40 years, Martin has no plans to retire

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ANDERSON, Ind. —

When he first opened his practice, Martin said, he would see one or two cases of melanoma a year, but today he sees one or two a month. He said melanoma is dangerous because it spreads.

“People are exposing themselves to ultraviolet radiation that is unnecessary,” he said. “It used to be that it was 95 percent uncurable, not it is 95 percent curable.”

He treats a wide variety of medical conditions including acne, psoriasis, skin cancers and warts. Dermatologists are now offering more and more cosmetic services and while Martin said he does provide those treatments, he enjoys diagnosing conditions.

Looking back, Martin said he knew he would be a doctor one day — he just never planned to be a dermatologist.

“I have no emergencies or very few emergencies, anyway,” he said. “The diagnosis is right in front of you and you don’t have patients die. It can happen, but it does not happen often.”

Originally from Pendleton, Martin said he was in residence and training in Cincinnati when he learned about a dermatology opening in Anderson during a phone conversation with his sister, who was working as a teacher in his hometown.

“I started coming up one day a week and then two days and it just grew into what it is today,” Martin said.

Martin now lives four miles from where he grew up and six miles from his practice at 2101 Jackson St.

The idea of moving somewhere more exotic was never a consideration for Martin who admits he is just a Midwest boy at heart. He also said if he could do it again, he would not change a thing.

“There are probably a few things I could do better,” he said. “I’m sure we all could.”

 

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