Lucille Martinez, MD, has joined Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology – Corvallis. Dr. Martinez earned a bachelor’s degree at Xavier University of Louisiana and a medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed residency training at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as a Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
She was inspired to become a doctor when she was 8 years old, after seeing an OB/GYN physician portrayed on television.
“There weren’t many minority, and specifically African-American physicians where I grew up, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I saw one on television,” she said. “That doctor practiced obstetrics and gynecology and I thought ‘Wow! I want to do that.’”
During medical school hospital rotations, she confirmed her interest in obstetrics and gynecology.
“When I got to deliver babies, I just fell in love with it and it solidified the desire for what I had always wanted to do,” said Dr. Martinez. “I found that I really do enjoy providing good care to women.”
Dr. Martinez provides a full range of obstetrical and gynecological care to teen and adult women and performs both minor and major gynecological surgery. Examples of in-office procedures include endometrial ablation, colposcopy and loop electrosurgical excision procedures. Examples of operating room procedures include cesarean sections, dilation and curettage, laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic removal of tubes and ovaries, and diagnostic laparoscopy.
“For gynecological procedures, I try to keep things minimally invasive,” she said.
Dr. Martinez has more than a decade of experience caring for OB/GYN patients, including the care of high-risk maternal patients. She chose to join Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology because of the collaborative care offered there.
“I appreciate the collaborative model between physicians and midwives,” she said. “I had that model at the previous practice I worked in and I really believe it is the best way to care for women, especially throughout their pregnancy. I think the midwives bring a completely different set of priorities to a pregnancy than a physician does, and I think the two combined is just the best of all possible worlds for safety and great outcomes.”
Away from the office, Dr. Martinez enjoys reading, swimming, going on vacation, and spending time with her husband and two young daughters.
Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology – Corvallis cares for women through the stages of adolescence, adulthood, pregnancy, motherhood, menopause and beyond. For more information, call 541-768-5300.