Martin, Colin


Division of Pedatric Surgery

Surgical Director, UAB/Children's of Alabama Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation

Co-Director, Pre-College Research Internship for Students from Minority Backgrounds (PRISM)

Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

President-Elect, Medical Staff at Children's of Alabama

Areas of Interest
intestinal failure, necrotizing enterocolitis, intestinal mucosal biology and innate immunity


Dr. Colin Martin was appointed as an assistant professor in general surgery in 2012. A native of Delaware, Martin received his undergraduate degree from Carson Newman College. He began his education in medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine from where he graduated in 2003. His surgical residency in general surgery was completed at University of Cincinnati in 2010. He completed his postdoctoral research fellowship in 2008 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and his pediatric surgery fellowship in 2012 at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Martin is a specialist in intestinal rehabilitation surgery and scientist. His research interests include Mucosal immunology and B –cell mediated antibody development. Dr. Martin presently serves as Surgical Director of Georgeson Center for Intestinal Rehabilitation.

Dr. Martin’s clinical interests include intestinal failure and necrotizing enterocolitis. He has a special interest in the role of innate immunity in intestinal diseases of prematurity. Research in Dr. Martin’s laboratory focuses on the aryl-hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) and its role in modulating intestinal injury in neonates, explores the novel mechanistic link between AhR stimulation of B cell mediated intestinal homeostasis and the mechanistic link between neonatal microbial environment and the developing immune system.

Colin A. Martin MD, Kathryn Q. Bernabe MD, Janice A. Taylor, MD, Rajalakshmi Nair MD, Richard J. Paul PhD, Christopher R. Erwin PhD, Jun Guo PhD, and Brad W. Warner MD. Resection-Induced Intestinal Adaptation and the Role of Enteric Smooth Muscle. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, June 2008, 43, 1011–1017

Janice A. Taylor MD, Colin A Martin MD, Rajalakshmi Nair MD, Jun Guo PhD, Christopher Erwin PhD, Brad W Warner MD. Lessons Learned: Optimization of the Murine Small Bowel resection Model. Journal of Pediatric Surgery June 2008 43, 1018–1024.

Colin A. Martin MD, Erin E. Perrone MD, Shannon Longshore MD, Paul Toste, Rajalakshmi Nair MD, Jun Guo PhD, Christopher R. Erwin PhD, Brad W. Warner MD. Intestinal Resection Induces Angiogenesis Within Adapting Intestinal Villi. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2009 Jun;44(6):1077-82; discussion 1083.

Scott M. Tanner, Taylor F. Berryhill, James L. Ellenburg, Tamas Jilling, Dava Sue Cleveland, Robin G. Lorenz, and Colin A. Martin. Necrotizing Enterocolitis: Experimental Modeling and Innate Immunity. American Journal of Pathology. Am J Pathol. 2015 Jan;185(1):4-16. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2014.08.028. Epub 2014 Nov 4.

Courtney Culbreth, Scott M. Tanner, Taylor F. Berryhill, Robin G. Lorenz, and Colin A Martin. Environmental Mediated Intestinal Homeostasis in Neonates. Journal of Surgical Research. 2015 April 10.

Shawn J. Rangel MD, Colin A. Martin MD, Rebeccah L. Brown MD, Victor F. Garcia MD and Richard A. Falcone, Jr., MD. Alarming Trends in the Improper Use of Motor-Vehicle Restraints in Children. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2008 Jan;43(1):200-7.

Richard A. Falcone, Jr., MD, Colin A. Martin MD, Rebeccah L. Brown MD, and Victor F. Garcia MD. Despite Overall Low Pediatric Head Injury Mortality, Disparities Exist Between Races. Journal of Pediatric Surgery J Pediatric Surg. 2008 Oct;43(10):1858-64.

Colin A. Martin MD and Richard A. Falcone MD. Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: An Update of Research to Understand and Improve Outcomes. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 2008 Jun;20(3):294-299.

Marc A. Levitt MD, Colin A. Martin MD, Max Olesevich MD, Cathy L. Bauer RN, Lyndsey E. Jackson RN BSN, and Alberto Pena MD. Hirschsprung’s Disease and Fecal Incontinence: Diagnostic and Management Strategies. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2009 Jan;44(1):271-7; discussion 277.

Marc A. Levitt, Colin A. Martin MD, Richard A. Falcone Jr. MD, MPH, Alberto Pena MD. Transanal Rectosigmoid Resection for Severe Intractable Idiopathic Constipation. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2009 Jun;44(6):1285-90; discussion 1290-1.

Colin A. Martin MD, Marguerite Care MD, Erika L. Rangel MD, MS, Rebeccah L. Brown MD, Victor F. Garcia MD, and Richard A. Falcone Jr. MD, MPH. Severity of Head CT Scan Findings Fail to Explain Racial Differences in Mortality Following Child Abuse. American Journal of Surgery. 2010 Feb;199(2):210-5.

Colin A, Martin MD, Purnima Unni, MPH, Matthew P. Landman, MD, Irene Feurer, PhD, Amy McMaster, MD4, Mary Dabrowiak, MSN, Stephen E. Morrow, MD, FAAP and Harold N. Lovvorn III, MD, FAAP. Race Disparities In Firearm Injuries Among Tennessee Children. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2012 Jun;47(6):1196-203.

Andrew J. Murphy, Jason R. Axt, Seth J. Crapp, Colin A. Martin, Gabriella L. Crane G, Harold N. Lovvorn III. Concordance of Imaging Modalities and Cost Minimization in the Diagnosis of Pediatric Choledochal Cysts. Pediatric Surgery International April 21,2012.

Aaron Seims MD, Robert Russell MD, MPH, Elizabeth Beierle MD, Mike Chen MD, Scott Anderson MD, Colin Martin MD, Carroll Harmon MD, PhD. Single-incision pediatric endosurgery (SIPES) splenectomy: what dictates the need for additional ports? Surg Endosc 2015 Jan;29(1):30-3.

Jason Axt, Andrew J. Murphy, Colin A. Martin, Martin Whiteside1, Harold N. Lovvorn, III. Race Disparities in Wilms Tumor Incidence and Biology. Journal of Surgical Research- 2011 Sep;170(1):112-9. Epub 2011 Mar 31

Tate Nice, Benjamin Tuanama, Michelle Shroyer, David Rogers, Mike Chen, Colin Martin, Elizabeth Beierle, Beverly Chaignaud, Scott Anderson, Robert Russell. Risk Factors for Stricture Formation After Esophageal Atresia Repair" has been accepted in its current form for publication in Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Accepted, In press


Medical School
Wayne State University

University of Cincinnati
General Surgery

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Vanderbilt University
General Surgery


Campus Address
JFL 300

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