Dr. Kathryn Martin

Dr. Martin is a faculty member of the Reproductive Endocrine Unit, and Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her main clinical interest is in the area of menopause and hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Martin has lectured extensively at MGH, Harvard Medical School, and at national meetings and postgraduate courses on this topic.

In addition to menopause, her other areas of clinical interest include menstrual cycle disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome, and infertility. The success and uniqueness of the Reproductive Endocrine Unit’s practice was highlighted by invitation in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism to publish it as a model of an academic/clinical investigative practice. Dr. Martin was the senior author of this publication in recognition of her importance in its function as well as its didactic and scholarly activities.

Despite Dr. Martin’s busy clinical and teaching roles, she continues to make major contributions to clinical investigations within our Unit. She has published the only large study comparing efficacy and safety of two types of therapies (including pulsatile GnRH, a therapy pioneered in the REU) for inducing ovulation in women with infertility. She was also the senior author on two important papers that defined the biochemical abnormalities and natural history of women with hypothalamic amenorrhea (lack of periods due to weight loss, eating disorders, or heavy exercise).

In addition to her activities in the REU, she spends the majority of her time as Senior Deputy Editor of Endocrinology and Diabetes for the program, UpToDate in Medicine, an official educational program of the Endocrine Society. In this role, she is responsible for updating the program on an ongoing basis. This involves continuous reviewing of endocrinology and general medical journals for important clinical trials, meta-analyses, or important advances in physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical genetics.