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."
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.