Martin (Marty) Mayer, MS, PA-C

Martin Mayer

Clinical Assistant Professor

Professor Mayer graduated with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and he completed his graduate training at East Carolina University, where he also graduated at the top of his class with a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the honor societies Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. Prior to returning to East Carolina University, he practiced in both outpatient neurology and outpatient and inpatient internal medicine, and he continues to practice currently in inpatient internal medicine and inpatient cardiology at Vidant Medical Center. He firmly and passionately believes: (1) evidence-based medicine (including shared decision-making wherever feasible) is fundamental in providing patients the best care possible, and (2) the element of compassion cannot be overstated, and it is imperative to remember patients are people, not just diagnoses or chief complaints.

His passion for evidence-based medicine resulted in him being invited to become the first - and to date, only - physician assistant of the US Board of BMJ (British Medical Journal) Fellows from 2013 to 2015. He is very active in the scholarly realm, having published several articles on various topics as a sole or first author in peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed journals (also being the first member of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies to publish in a peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed journal). He was also honored to have some of his articles selected as Editor's Choice for the issue of the journal in which they were published. He has also given several presentations, spanning from the local to national level; has been interviewed by local media and served as an advisor for different entities regarding one of his key areas of research, again spanning from the local to national level; and has provided critiques and commentary via peer review and various less formal outlets (e.g., invited blog post, PubMed Commons commentary, and the like). All his scholarly activity shares at least one broad, unifying theme: seeking to improve patient care through (1) the pursuit, appraisal, synthesis, translation, and application of the best-available evidence and (2) promoting shared decision-making wherever it is feasible.

Outside the realm of medicine and science, he is also an avid weightlifter and enjoys a wide variety of music, poetry (even publishing some himself), and stand-up and improvised comedy; however, he prefers to spend most of his free time with his wife, Jessica.


  • MS, Physician Assistant Studies, East Carolina University
  • BS, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Areas of Interest

  • Evidence appraisal, synthesis, translation, and application
  • Research methodology and biostatistics
  • Clinical decision-making
  • Shared decision-making
  • Patient communication and education
  • Publication bias and clinical research transparency and integrity
  • Overdiagnosis and overtreatment
  • Behavioral economics, cognitive science, rational thinking, and epistemology, both in general and as applicable to the fields of science and medicine
  • Medical training and education
  • All aspects of outpatient and inpatient internal medicine and its subspecialties
  • All aspects of hospital-affiliated acute care medicine
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • The interface between the general public and media outlets with respect to the dissemination of general information and findings of scientific research

Courses Taught (Course Name/Unit)

Primary teaching responsibilities (Course Directorships) include:

  • Clinical Medicine I (PADP 6150)
  • Evidence-Based Medicine (PADP 6640)
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice (PADP 6690; capstone)

Secondary teaching responsibilities include:

  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine (PADP 6050) - guest lecture on introduction to metrics of evidence-based medicine
  • Diagnostic Methods I and II (PADP 6010 and 6020) - guest lecture in cardiology section of Diagnostic Methods I, assist with various labs in Diagnostic Methods I and II
  • Clinical Medicine II (PADP 6250) - guest lecture in endocrinology section, Course Instructor for neurology section
  • History and the Physical Examination II and III (PADP 6210 and 6220) - assist with all physical examination competence assessments
  • Surgery and Emergency Medicine (PADP 6650) - assist with various labs