Olufunke Y. Martin, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology and Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  She joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2023.


Dr. Martin earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Brown University.  She received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed her pediatric residency training at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN.  She completed her pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she was a T32 scholar and recipient of the American Society of Hematology MHFA award. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Clinical Research through the NIH-Duke University Clinical Research Training Program. 


Dr. Martin’s clinical interest is pediatric hematology, emphasizing improving patient-centered outcomes for individuals with sickle cell disease (SCD) and multi-modal approaches to vaso-occlusive pain management.  Her research focuses on the dynamics of red blood cell physiology and vaso-occlusive pain utilizing red blood cell health biomarkers to investigate the clinical heterogeneity seen in SCD.


Medical School
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (2017)
Indiana University School of Medicine/Riley Hospital for Children (2020), Pediatrics
Children's National Medical Center (2023), Pediatric Hematology/oncology

Research Interest

  • Biomarkers
  • Hemoglobinopathies
  • Red blood cell disorders
  • Rheology
  • Sickle cell disease


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

The evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in paediatric patients with sickle cell disease: From Alpha to Omicron.
Martin OY, Margulies S, Speller-Brown B, Majumdar S, Darbari DS, Campbell AD, Br J Haematol 2023 Aug 202 3 479-484
Clinical outcomes of children and adolescents with sickle cell disease and COVID-19 infection: A year in review at a metropolitan tertiary pediatric hospital.
Martin OY, Darbari DS, Margulies S, Nickel RS, Leonard A, Speller-Brown B, Martin B, Barber JR, Webb J, Majumdar S, Sharron MP, Campbell AD, Front Med (Lausanne) 2023 10 987194
Emergency Department Provider Survey Regarding Acute Sickle Cell Pain Management.
Martin OY, Thompson SM, Carroll AE, Jacob SA, J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 2020 Aug 42 6 375-380
Invasive pneumococcal disease in children with sickle cell disease in the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine era.
Martin OO, Moquist KL, Hennessy JM, Nelson SC, Pediatr Blood Cancer 2018 Jan 65 1

Honors & Awards

  • American Society of Hematology Minority Hematology Fellow Award Program
    American Society of Hematology (2022)
  • CATCH Implementation Grant
    American Academy of Pediatrics (2022)
  • T32 Scholar
    Childrens National Hospital Research Institute (2022)
  • American Society of Hematology Minority Resident Hematology Award Program
    American Society of Hematology (2019)
  • Frontiers in Science Program Scholar
    Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (2018)
  • Certificate in Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved
    Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (2017)
  • Morris Green Physician Scientist Development Award
    Riley Hospital for Children/Indiana University School of Medicine (2017-2020)
  • Lipscomb-Dean Family Scholarship for Leadership and Service to Community
    Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (2015)
  • MSU CHM Fellowship for Research Enhancement
    Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (2015-2016)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (2016-2023)
  • American Board of Pediatrics (2020)
  • Children's Oncology Group (2020-2023)
  • The American Society of Hematology (2019)