Cindy Martin, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division

Cindy Martin

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 508 Mayo
8508A (Campus Delivery Code)
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Mai Xiong

Administrative Email

Additional Locations

M Health Fairview Clinics & Surgery Center

Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division

Co-Director, Adult Congenital and Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic

Director and Endowed Scholar, Lillehei Heart Institute

Faculty, Masters Program in Stem Cell Biology


Medical School, Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, LA

Residency, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Fellowship, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX


Born in Ashland, Louisiana, Dr. Martin received her M.D. from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. At the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, she completed her residency, general-cardiology fellowship, advanced heart failure/transplantation fellowship, and a formal three-year postdoctoral research fellowship in molecular cardiology in Dr. Daniel Garry’s laboratory, then at UT Southwestern. Dr. Martin joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 2007.

Awards & Recognition

  • Minnesota Monthly "Best Doctors" (2014)
  • Bacaner Research Award in Basic Medical Sciences  (2009)
  • Diplomat in Cardiology granted by American Board of Internal Medicine (2007)
  • Keystone Symposia Scholarship (2007)
  • GlaxoSmithKline International Young Investigators Award (2006)
  • Matthew Gregory Frank Memorial Award (2006)

Professional Associations

  • Co-Director, Adult Congenital and Cardiovascular Genetics Center
  • Director, Lillehei Heart Institute Stem Cell Flow Facility
  • Lillehei Heart Institute Endowed Scholar


Research Summary/Interests

  • Stem-cell biology
  • Early cardiac progenitors, including side-population (SP) cells and their role in cardiovascular development and regeneration.


  • Kanatous SB, Mammen PP, Rosenberg PB, Martin CM, White MD, Dimaio JM, Huang G, Muallem S, Garry DJ. Hypoxia reprograms calcium signaling and regulates myoglobin expression. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol 2009;296:C393-402
  • Hawke TJ, Kanatous SB, Martin CM, Goetsch SC, Garry DJ. Rad is temporally regulated within myogenic progenitor cells during skeletal-muscle regeneration. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol 2006;290:C379-387
  • Ferdous A, Caprioli A, Iacovino M, Martin CM, Morris J, Richardson JA, Latif S, Hammer RE, Harvey RP, Olson EN, Kyba M, Garry DJ. Nkx2-5 transactivates the Ets-related protein 71 gene and specifies an endothelial/endocardial fate in the developing embryo. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2009 Jan;106:814-819
  • Crow S, John R, Boyle A, Shumway S, Liao K, Colvin-Adams M, Toninato C, Missov E, Pritzker M, Martin C, Garry D, Thomas W, Joyce L. Gastrointestinal bleeding rates in recipients of nonpulsatile and pulsatile left-ventricular assist devices. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2009;137:208-215
  • Martin CM, Ferdous A, Gallardo T, Humphries C, Sadek H, Caprioli A, Garcia JA, Szweda LI, Garry MG, Garry DJ. Hypoxia-inducible factor-2alpha transactivates Abcg2 and promotes cytoprotection in cardiac side-population cells. Circ Res 2008;102:1075-1081



  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease


Pediatric Specialty Care-Burnsville;Transplant Center;University of Minnesota Physicians Heart at Fa

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Cardiology

Clinical Interests

Advanced heart failure; Cardiac transplantation; Adult congenital heart disease; Inherited/genetic cardiomyopathies; High risk pregnancy

Hospital Privileges

Fairview Lakes Medical Center; Fairview Ridges Hospital; Fairview Southdale Hospital; University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview