FSP Spotlight | Brian Martens, DO

Welcome to this edition of the FSP member spotlight. Every month we will highlight a different FSP member who is doing exciting things in the field of pathology. This month we are featuring Brian Martens, DO, a Resident and Fellow Committee member, avid FSP Conference attendee and mentee in the FSP Mentorship program.


Brian Martens, DO
4th Year Resident
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 



What is your current role?
I am a fourth year AP/CP resident at the University of South Florida and a member of the FSP resident and fellow committee.

What is the best part of your occupation?
The best part of this occupation is the versatility. In general pathology practice, you have the opportunity to see various specimens from different areas of the body through surgical/frozen sections and cytology/hemepath specimens as well as perform any medical directorship/CP duties. I enjoy doing many different things throughout the day.

How did you become interested in pathology?
I knew I wanted to become a physician during graduate school, which is also where my interest in pathology began. I was involved in malaria research and was screening many blood films. I discovered a love for microscopy and the general laboratory during this time. Pathology blended microscopy and medicine together perfectly.

How did you become involved with the FSP?
My residency program is very encouraging of us to become involved in the various pathology organizations. I was encouraged from day one of residency to become a member of the FSP.

Explain how you benefit from being a member of FSP
I really enjoy the networking aspect of FSP. This is one of the few places that we get to interact with other residency programs and attending pathologists from around the state. The educational conferences are also very informative and helpful.

What would you like to see occur in the field of pathology (i.e., scientific advances, greater awareness of the field, etc.) during your career?
I would like to see greater awareness/exposure to the field of pathology during medical school. For many medical students the only pathology exposure they get is during the didactic years of medical school. Many are unaware of the actual day to day workings of a pathologist.

What are your hobbies outside of the office?
I grew up in Florida and enjoy many outdoor activities that our state offers such as beach volleyball, kayaking, and scuba diving. I also do CrossFit in my spare time. My wife also makes her own Kombucha which I help with.

What is something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I have found an interest in triathlons and have completed several races this past year.

Publication Date: 
Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 8:30pm