Molly Martin, MD, MAPP
Recipient of the Savithri & Samuel Raj Endowed Professorship in Pediatrics

Usha Raj, MD, MHA: Dr. Raj is the Anjuli S. Nayak Professor of Pediatrics. She was the Head of Pediatrics at UIC from 2008-2015 and Chief of Neonatology at Harbor-UCLA (1995-2008).

Dr. Raj, the benefactor of the Savithri and Samuel Raj Endowed Professorship in Pediatrics, is nationally and internationally known as a clinician-scientist for her research on the mechanisms involved in the development of a lethal disease, pulmonary hypertension. Her work has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 34 years. She has published over 192 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, reviews, and chapters in high-quality journals and text books. She has received numerous awards from international scientific societies, including the Scientific Recognition, Distinguished Achievement and the Elizabeth Rich Mentorship Awards from the American Thoracic Society and the Julius Comroe Jr. Distinguished Lectureship and election as a Fellow by the American Physiological Society. She received an honorary doctorate (honoris causa) from the University of Lausanne in June 2016 in recognition of her many contributions in research and mentorship. She is a member of the World Task Force on Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension and a Senior Advisor to the Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Network in North America. She has been selected for the U.S. News & World Report Top Doctors list. Dr. Raj takes a major interest in education and mentoring, particularly of students and faculty from under-represented minorities. During her tenure as Head of the Department of Pediatrics she helped establish the Children’s Hospital University of Illinois. She was the Associate Project leader of a grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid that was designed to improve care for the underserved pediatric population with chronic illnesses in Chicago. And most recently, continuing her commitment to serving the under-served, she was a consultant and advisor to the Obstetric and Pediatric departments at the College of Medicine in Ulaan Baator, Mongolia, where she is establishing a program to reduce the maternal and neonatal morality rates.

Molly Martin, MD, MAPP, is a Professor of Pediatrics and a Fellow in the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Martin is an established leader in the fields of implementation science and behavioral intervention design and testing, especially as they relate to community health workers. She is also active in local and national policy efforts that target health disparities. Her research focuses on community models to improve health. Dr. Martin is the Director of the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science Pilot Grant Program and an Associate Director in the UIC Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science. She is particularly interested in asthma, oral health and COVID-19 in children. Dr. Martin has been the principal investigator on multiple NIH-funded projects that test community-based interventions targeting these conditions. She served on the Board of the Chicago Asthma Consortium and held a position on the Executive Committee for Community Health Worker Section of the American Public Health Association. She currently is a member of the State of Illinois Community Health Worker Advisory Board which is formalizing community health worker workforce credentialling in Illinois. As a complement to her research, Dr. Martin sees patients in the Mile Square Health Center and participates in resident and student education.