Martin A. Makela M.D., FAAEM, FACHE Accepting new patients

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Emergency medicine, Trauma care


English, French


Martin Makela, M.D., is a board-certified physician and medical director of the UW Medical Center Emergency Department and a UW associate professor of Emergency Medicine. He has been selected as a Seattle Top Doctor by Seattle Met Magazine.

Dr. Makela understands that most people in the Emergency Department are scared and in pain. He always focuses on talking to the patient to get them through their experience. He would expect that for his family, and believes he owes that to his patients.

Dr. Makela earned his M.D. at the UW and returned to Seattle after retiring from a 25-year career in the US Navy. He received both the Navy Air Medal and the Bronze Star and has been awarded the UW Medicine CARES award for exemplifying UW Medicine Service Culture Guidelines. He has lectured nationally on "Trauma and Teamwork."

Personal Interests

Dr. Makela spends his off hours above and below the planet as an avid SCUBA diver and pilot. He believes the purpose of summer is to train for ski season and watch the Sounders.

Emergency Department at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St. Seattle, WA 98195


Critical care medicine, Emergency medicine, General cardiology, High-risk pregnancy (obstetrics)

Emergency Department at Harborview

Emergency Department at Harborview

325 9th Ave., 1st Floor Seattle, WA 98104


Burn care, Critical care medicine, Emergency medicine, Pediatric trauma care

Pediatric Trauma and Burn Services at Harborview main hospital image 

Pediatric Trauma and Burn Services at Harborview

325 9th Ave, Seattle, WA Seattle, WA 98104


Pediatric burn care, Pediatric emergency care, Pediatric trauma care

Naval Hospital San Diego

Teaching Appointment, 2007

Naval Hospital San Diego

Residency, 2004, Emergency Medicine

Univ. of North Dakota

Master, 1999

Tripler Army Medical Center

Internship, 1996

Univ. of Washington, School of Medicine

Medical education, 1995

Scripps Mercy Medical Center

Teaching Appointment

Naval Operational Medicine Institute

Other Education, Flight Surgeon


Board Certifications
  • Emergency Medicine, 2005, American Board of Emergency Medicine