Ronnie B. Martin, DO, FACOFP-dist

Ronnie B. Martin, DO, FACOFP-distDean
Professor of Family Medicine

Married to Sherri since 1968, Dr. Martin and Sherri are very proud of their three children who are engaged with medicine. Their oldest child, Shawn, is currently the Director of Government Relations for the American Academy of Family Physician, daughter Natasha is Vice President for Educational Affairs at Broward Regional Health Center in Ft. Lauderdale and affiliated with Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and daughter Amanda is an orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon with the LeMac group in Birmingham, Al. After years of service to the profession, students, families and professionals, Mrs. Martin recently finished a year as the national President for the Advocates to the American Osteopathic Association, 2011-2012.

Dr. Martin served his fellow citizens and country during his 23-year association with the U.S. Army, the Army Reserves and the National Guard of Oklahoma, beginning in 1968 and ending after 1992 Desert Storm campaign. During that time he served both as a NCO and an officer, as well as, a physician.

After obtaining his foundational education in chemistry and biology at East Central State University in Ada, OK, Dr. Martin graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy in 1974 and practiced as a hospital pharmacist in Enid, OK for 2 years. A member of Rho Chi honor society and Phi Delta Chi national Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Dr. Martin received the outstanding senior award from the university on his graduation.

Matriculating at Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in 1976, he is a 1979 graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was a member of the Sigma Sigma Phi honor society, Student Senate President and National Chairman of the Council of Student Council Presidents while in school. He received the outstanding senior reward at graduation. 

Dr. Martin completed his postdoctoral training at a rural consortium consisting of Tulsa Regional Medical Center and Enid Regional Medical Center, also being recognized as the outstanding graduate of the program. 

Dr. Martin became board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) in 1986 and was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Family Practice in 1996.  Dr Martin received recognition as a distinguished fellow in 2005.

Dr. Martin has served as a member of the boards of the OSU alumni association, the family practice associations in Florida, Iowa and Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, the Broward County Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, the Governing Board of OSUCOM and the Rural Health Association in Oklahoma.  He is a past Alumni Association President for OSUCOM, past president of the Oklahoma Society of the American College of Family Physicians and Past President of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association.  

Dr. Martin completed an AOA Health Policy Fellowship in 1995 remains active and a leader in public and professional policy.  

A member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Dr Martin served as a Governor for three years, in the office of Secretary/Treasurer for three years before advancing through the officer positions and serving as President of that association in 2008-2009. 

Serving 6 years on the Board of Governors for the OSU Foundation, he was the chairman for the COM during their successful Brings Dreams to Life Capital Campaign that raised more than $260,000,000. 

In private family practice for the first 17 years of his professional career, during which time he served as Chief of Staff and the medical director for Enid Regional Hospital, an OSU-COM training site and 16 years as adjunct clinical faculty for OSUCOM, Dr. Martin joined Springer Clinic in Tulsa Oklahoma in 1997 where he continued on the clinical faculty of OSU-COM before accepting the position of Chairman of the Department of Family Practice at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1999. 

Recruited to Florida and named as the Chairman of the Department of  Family Medicine at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001, he was selected by the residents as the outstanding clinical educator in both 2002 and 2003. He was promoted to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Nova Southeastern University in 2003.

In 2006 Dr. Martin was named as the founding Dean for Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Colorado, successfully guiding that institution through accreditation and establishment. 

Moving to Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009, Dr. Martin has served that institution as a faculty member, the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and as Vice Dean for Post Graduate Affairs during his association with that institution three years.

Dr. Martin was named as the founding Dean and CAO for the proposed Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine in April of 2012 and has begun the efforts to develop that institution as one recognized for excellence in the training of Osteopathic Physicians, the blending of osteopathic principles and philosophy with Christian principles and scientifically based knowledge. 

The institution announced new status of provisional accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association-Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOA-COCA) this past August 2013. The Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Liberty University’s accrediting agency, also recently recognized the university’s capacity to develop a D.O. degree program.

Dr. Martin has served on multiple American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), state and federal government health care related committee’s and boards, including the DUR boards of Oklahoma and Iowa as well as the state Health Department Planning Committee and Rural Health Association in Oklahoma. His ACOFP service includes Education Committee, Membership and Marketing, Program, Convention, and Government Relations among others. After Serving on and as the Chairman of the Pre Doctoral Committee for the AOA and the AOA Bureau of Education, he presently serves on it successor, the Commission for Osteopathic College Accreditations and has been active in pre-doctoral and post-doctoral education and evaluation for many years. Dr Martin has been active in medical policy and politics, serving as a delegate to the AOA House of Delegates for four different states every year but one over the past 31 years. During that time he has served on several reference committees’ at the house. He currently serves on the AOA Bureau of Federal Health Policy and as Treasurer of the association’s political action committee.

Dr. Martin has presented extensively as an educator in the pharmacy, nursing, health policy and medical fields throughout the past 30 years at the pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and professional levels, having given more than three dozen invited presentations in the past decade alone.