Martin G Paul, M.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Surgery

Languages: English, German, Italian


Adrenal Tumors, Biliary Tract Surgery, Colon Cancer, Colon Polyps, Colorectal Surgery, Diverticulitis, Gallbladder Surgery, Gastric Cancer, Gastrointestinal Surgery, General Surgery, GERD Surgery, Hernia Repair, Hernia Surgery, Hernias, Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication, Spleen Surgery, Surgical Oncology more

Research Interests

Improving Outcomes Following Colon Surgery in Elderly Patients more


Johns Hopkins Surgery - Sibley

5215 Loughboro Road NW
Sibley Medical Office Building, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20016 map
Phone: 202-895-1440 | Fax: 410-367-2247

Sibley Memorial Hospital

Appointment Phone: 202-895-1440
5255 Loughboro Road NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20016 map


Dr. Martin G. Paul is a member of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Johns Hopkins.  He has a wide range of expertise, including colon cancer/polyps, diverticulitis, gallbladder, and biliary tract disease, gastrointestinal surgery, adrenal tumors, splenic disorders,  hernia repairs, gastric cancer, and laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery. 

Dr. Paul earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and completed a residency in general surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he received the Upjohn Award for outstanding teaching and clinical skills as a surgical resident. Dr. Paul then served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1988 to 1994, as Chief of Surgery and Deputy Hospital Commander of the 212th MASH.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  

After his military service, Dr. Paul returned to the Washington, DC area in 1994 and has been in practice at Sibley Memorial Hospital, which is now part of the Johns Hopkins Health System.  He served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Sibley and is now the Johns Hopkins Regional Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  He is also the director of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program at Sibley, which focuses on improving surgical care and outcomes after surgery. 

Dr. Paul was the recipient of a 2015 Johns Hopkins  Innovations in Clinical Care Award, and in 2019 he received the Johns Hopkins Physician of the Year award at Sibley. Dr. Paul has also been repeatedly named a Top Surgical Specialist in the D.C. area by Washingtonian Magazine and was specially featured in a Top Doctor issue for his expertise in laparoscopic colon surgery. Consumers’ Checkbook Magazine has named him one of the Best Doctors in America, selected by a consensus of physician colleagues as being among the top 4 percent of all physicians in his specialty. more


  • Associate Professor of Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (1983)


  • Surgery; Georgetown University School of Medicine (1988)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery (Surgery) (1989)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

View all on PubMed

Paul MG. The Public Health Crisis in Emergency General Surgery: Who Will Pay the Price and Bear the Burden?, JAMA Surg. 2016 Jun 15;151(6):e160640. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2016.0640.

Gould LJ, Wachter PA, Aboumatar H, Blanding RJ, Brotman DJ, Bullard J, Gilmore MM, Golden SH, Howell E, Ishii L, Lee KH, Paul MG, Rotello LC, Satin AJ, Wick EC, Winner L, Zenilman ME, Pronovost PJ. Clinical Communities at Johns Hopkins Medicine: An Emerging Approach to Quality Improvement. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2015 Sep;41(9):387-95.


Reinforcement Device with Dissolvable Layer and Its Use.
Patent # US Pat No. 8435307 | 

Development of a self-gripping mesh with dissolving outer layer for use in hernia repairs

Health Care Systems and Methods Using Voice Inputs.
Patent # US Pat Nos. 1034725, 10650823 | 

Design of a system using far field microphone technology with voice recognition and artificial intelligence to control operating room equipment

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Activities & Honors


  • Vincent Gott, M.D., Professionalism Award, Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery, 2021 - 2021
  • 2019 Physician of the Year Award at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2019
  • Best Doctors in America, Consumers' Checkbook
  • Top Surgical Specialist, Washingtonian Magazine
  • Top Surgeon, U.S. News & World Report
  • Top Surgeon, Castle Connolly
  • 2015 Innovations in Clinical Care Award at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2015


  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society Of Surgical Oncology
  • Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Room for Improvement in Emergency Surgery Quality. MedPage Today (04/29/2016)

Seven Deadliest Emergency General Surgeries. Chicago Tribune (04/28/2016)

‘Looming catastrophe’: These 7 emergency surgeries account for 80 percent of deaths and costs. Washington Post (04/27/2016)

Several Greater Washington Hospitals Are Rethinking Pre- and Post-Surgical Care. Washington Business Journal (04/27/2015)

Patient Ratings & Comments

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