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Martin G Paul, M.D.

4.9 out of 5
176 Ratings
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Johns Hopkins Regional Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Assistant Professor of Surgery


Languages: English, German, Italian

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


Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Surgery Foxhall
Appointment Phone: 202-895-1440

3301 New Mexico Avenue, NW
Suite 206
Washington, DC 20016 map

Sibley Memorial Hospital
Appointment Phone: 202-895-1440

5255 Loughboro Road NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20016 map


Dr. Martin G. Paul is the Johns Hopkins Regional Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He previously served as chairman of the department of surgery at Sibley Memorial Hospital for eight years. He is also a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and a surgical consultant to the U.S. State Department. Dr. Paul is board certified in general surgery and practices out of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians in Washington, D.C. and Sibley Memorial Hospital. 

Dr. Paul has a wide range of expertise, including adrenal tumors; colon cancer, polyps and surgery; diverticulitis; endocrine, gallbladder, biliary tract, gastrointestinal, spleen, thyroid, parathyroid and GERD surgery; gastric cancer; hernia repair; and laparoscopic nissen fundoplication.

Dr. Paul is aiding Dr. Haniee Chung to be the only surgeons in the D.C. metropolitan area performing the transanal-Total Mesorectal Excision (ta-TME) for surgically treating rectal cancer. Ta-TME requires a dual-approach, minimally-invasive technique that uses an abdominal approach via laparoscopy and a pelvic/transanal approach through a transanal minimally-invasive surgery platform. Ta-TME allows for ease of access to otherwise difficult to define surgical planes in the pelvis, and increased efficiency and accuracy of identifying the cancer and performing an oncologically sound operation.

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. 

Dr. Paul is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was the recipient of the Johns Hopkins Clinical Awards 2015 Innovations in Clinical Care Award at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He previously held the title of president of the Sibley Medical Association and has been named a Top Surgeon in the United States by Castle Connolly and U.S. News and World Report. 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 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


  • Johns Hopkins Regional Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

Departments / Divisions

  • Surgery
  • Surgery at Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Surgery at Suburban Hospital



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


  • Georgetown University School of Medicine / Surgery (1988)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery / Surgery (2008)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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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.

Activities & Honors


  • 2015 Innovations in Clinical Care Award at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2015
  • Top Surgeon, Castle Connolly
  • Top Surgeon, U.S. News & World Report
  • Top Surgical Specialist, Washingtonian Magazine
  • Best Doctors in America, Consumers' Checkbook


  • American College of Surgeons

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

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on the national CG-CAHPS Medical Practice patient experience survey through Press Ganey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Comments are also gathered from our CG-CAHPS Medical Practice Survey through Press Ganey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

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