As a father, doctor, and business owner Jason Martin has dedicated his life to improving the lives and livelihoods of everyday Tennesseans.
Dr. Jason Martin was raised in Southern Alabama in a place much like many of our small communities in Tennessee. He was a latch key kid and his parents and step-parents worked hard every single day. While they labored hard to provide for Jason, his many aunts, uncles, and grandparents helped to raise him.
Whether it was catching bream in the local watering hole with his PawPaw, shucking corn from his aunt’s garden to feed the family, or helping his Nana manage the house; it was with his family that Dr. Martin was instilled with the values of hard work, family, faith, and community. Dr. Martin and his wife Dr. Jennifer Martin now have three daughters of their own: Lilly, Ansley, and Laney. They are raising a family with the same values Dr. Martin grew up on.
Because of his family’s many sacrifices, Dr. Martin earned financial aid and took out some student loans to attend Tulane University(he’s still paying those back today.) Dr. Martin was accepted to medical school at the University of South Alabama, which eventually led him to residency and fellowship at Vanderbilt University.
While at Vanderbilt, Dr. Martin built a reputation as a brilliant and compassionate physician. Upon his last year as a resident, Dr. Martin was asked to stay an additional year and lead the residency program as the Chief Resident at the Nashville Veteran Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Martin served those who served our country and decided to continue his commitment to serving the community by joining Meharry Medical College to train upcoming healthcare professionals and Nashville General Hospital.
During Dr. Martin’s time at Nashville General it became quickly apparent to him that while families in Tennessee are working hard, our elected officials are working harder against them. After twelve rural hospitals closed in Tennessee, Dr. Martin went on to lead the fight for Tennessee’s healthcare in our rural communities.
Dr. Martin believes we should be working for Tennesseans where they are most vulnerable. When Metro Nashville tried to close Nashville’s public hospital, he stood up and fought to keep Nashville General. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed and exacerbated the inequities in our state and incompetence of Tennessee’s leadership. Dr. Martin was the lead physician calling for accountability from Governor Bill Lee.