Meet your orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Martin! Dr. Martin is a gifted and compassionate orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knee-related procedures.
Dr. Martin has been practicing medicine for 31 years. He’s an Arkansas native with a passion for orthopedic surgery, especially in the field of sports medicine. He graduated from Little Rock’s own University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and also served his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery there.
Dr. Martin prays with his patients prior to surgery, and he is known for a signature single carnation that he sends to every patient after their surgical procedure.
We interviewed Dr. Martin to find out more about how he became an orthopedic surgeon and what drives him to excel. Read on for a more intimate look into the life of an Arkansas orthopedic surgeon!
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a surgeon?
A: I knew in high school I wanted to be a physician. Then, in medical school, I figured out that I wanted to be a surgeon. I spent so much time hanging around the emergency room and watching surgery—and eventually scrubbing in on surgeries during night and weekend shifts—that I finally realized that orthopedic surgery was exactly what I wanted to do.
Q: What procedure do you do most frequently? Do you have a favorite?
A: The most frequent procedure I do is total knee replacement. My favorite procedure is transplanting cartilage and joint preservation so my patients won’t have to have knee replacement as soon. I like that I’m giving people more time to enjoy their lives to the fullest.
We also have started doing some stem cell procedures that I am very excited about. The opportunity to use revolutionary technology to increase my patients’ quality of life is why I became a surgeon.
Q: How did you decide to start Arkansas Surgical Hospital?
A: I wanted to have more control in how my patients are treated. As a physician-owned hospital, we are able to focus on the quality of our patient care. I also felt like the hospital could be run more efficiently as a specialty hospital as opposed to a general hospital.
Our top priority and motivation is patient satisfaction. That’s the bottom line for us. Our patients receive better, more personalized care.
Q: What is the one problem you are best at solving for your patients?
A: The problem I most like solving is an unstable knee because it means I’m restoring a patient’s ability to walk. I’ve also been blessed with a talent for fixing significant knee deformities. It’s incredibly satisfying to know that I’ve helped a patient walk without pain.
I also like to treat patients with cartilage transplants and stem cells without having to replace the knee. My primary concern is the health of my patients, and sometimes that means finding alternative, non-surgical treatments.
Q: What are you most passionate about personally?
A: I enjoy being with my family, especially my grandchildren.
Q: What are you most passionate about professionally?
A: I get excited about a lot of things. I feel passionate about anything to do with the knee. I like taking care of knee joint problems, whether arthritis, sports injury, or cartilage replacement.
Q: How long have you been practicing?
A: 31 years. I remember exactly because my third daughter was born the first day of my practice. I had just moved to Pine Bluff the weekend before. We had not selected an obstetrician yet and my wife went into labor that Monday.
We had the baby late at night in Little Rock. I went back to Pine Bluff early the next morning to take my older daughter to school, did clinic that afternoon, and went to see my baby and wife in LR that night. I was excited because I had my very own patients and clinic for the first time.
Q: How do you want to be remembered?
A: I want to be remembered as someone who is caring, who listens, and who pursues excellence. I also want people to know that I am grateful for the blessings that God has given me.
If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Martin, contact Arkansas Surgical Hospital at 877-918-7020.